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Weeton, North Yorkshire

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Weeton is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population929 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE285466
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLEEDS
Postcode districtLS17
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
53°55′01″N 1°33′54″W / 53.917°N 1.565°W / 53.917; -1.565

Weeton is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England.

The name is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Widetun(e)/Wideton(e) and seems to derive from Old English wiðig 'willow' and tūn 'settlement, estate, farm', thus meaning 'willow farm'.[2]

Located between Otley and Harrogate it is close to the River Wharfe. Largely populated by commuters working in Leeds and Bradford, it is accessed from the A61 (Leeds-Harrogate road) or the A658 (Harrogate-Bradford road). The parish also contains the village of Huby, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) north-west of Weeton, where Weeton railway station is situated. Weeton has no pub, shop or post office. It is home to the Weeton Agricultural Show and Weeton and Huby Cricket Club.

The church of St Barnabas
The church of St Barnabas

The village church is called St Barnabas and was built at the cost of the Earl of Harewood. The foundation stone was laid in 1851 by the Bishop of Ripon and construction was completed in 1852. The nearby parsonage was built in 1853. The first three vicars were the Rev. James Palmes, the Rev. T.H. Fearon and, from 1867, the Rev. Christopher Wybergh.[3]

The village is the subject of a booklet by Joan Coombs.[4]

To the south east of Weeton, Rougemont Castle is an example of a well-preserved ringwork, located above the north bank of the River Wharfe, where the river turns in a right-angle at its confluence with Weeton Beck.[5]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  2. ^ Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. WEETON (2).
  3. ^ The History and Topology of Harrogate and Knaresborough Forest by William Grainge
  4. ^ The Area of Benefit: a History of Huby and Weeton and nearby villages, by Joan Coombs, c1977.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Rougemont Castle ringwork and bailey and associated fishponds and outwork (1010026)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 February 2020.

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