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Bolton Percy

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Bolton Percy

All Saints Church, Bolton Percy, dates from 1424
Bolton Percy
Bolton Percy
Location within North Yorkshire
Population304 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSE533413
• London210 mi (340 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Bolton Percy
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYORK
Postcode districtYO23
Dialling code01904
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°51′56″N 1°11′27″W / 53.865671°N 1.190754°W / 53.865671; -1.190754Coordinates: 53°51′56″N 1°11′27″W / 53.865671°N 1.190754°W / 53.865671; -1.190754

Bolton Percy is a village and civil parish in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 305 in 115 households,[1] reducing marginally to 304 at the 2011 census.[2] The village is about 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Tadcaster.


Following the Norman Conquest, when William de Malet served as the county's first High Sheriff, the village of Bolton Percy was held by Malet himself. Later the lordship of the manor fell to the Percy family, as noted by Kirkby's Inquest of 1284. It was at this time that the name of Percy added to village name.[3]

The lordship of the manor passed to the Vesci family, who resided in South Yorkshire near Roche Abbey. In 1290 John, Lord Vesci, contributed towards the marriage of King Edward I's eldest daughter, as was mandated by Lord Vesci's holding of knights fees on his manor of Bolton Percy. The lordship of Bolton Percy next passed to their relatives the Beaumonts on the death of the de Vesci heir. Later the lordship of Bolton Percy passed to the Fairfax family, who were associated with the village for several centuries and whose family memorials can be found in the village church.

The Old Rectory is a Grade II listed William and Mary house, dating from 1698. It was formerly the residence of the Archdeacon of York, and more recently the Bishop of Selby; it is now a private residence.[4]

The village used to have a station on the Dearne Valley Line running from York to Sheffield via Pontefract Baghill and Moorthorpe. The station was closed in 1965.


The village lies on the road between Appleton Roebuck and Tadcaster to the west of the main East Coast railway line and east of the Trans Pennine railway line. The soil is strong loam that rests on clay.[5]


The village lies within the Selby & Ainsty Parliamentary constituency. It is also within the Escrick Electoral Division of the North Yorkshire County Council and the Appleton Roebuck Ward of Selby District Council.

The Parish Council covers the nearby village of Colton and Steeton. It has six members, of which three are from Bolton Percy.[6]


The village has a village hall, a Post Office and a public house. The village is served by one bus route from York to Colton.[7] The village has a cricket club that plays in the York & District Senior Cricket league.[8]


There is a church, All Saints, built in the 15th century by Thomas Parker.[5]


  1. ^ "Bolton Percy CP (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 May 2008.
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bolton Percy Parish (1170217384)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ Henry Speight (1902). Lower Wharfedale: Being a Complete Account of the History, Antiquities and Scenery of Picturesque Valley of the Wharfe. E.Stock.
  4. ^ "The Old Rectory, Bolton Percy:Property details". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b Bulmer's Topography, History and Directory (Private and Commercial) of North Yorkshire 1890. S&N Publishing. 1890. pp. 868–870. ISBN 1-86150-299-0.
  6. ^ "Bolton Percy Parish Council". Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Bus service". Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Cricket Club". Retrieved 14 October 2012.

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