Rillington - an East Yorkshire village

Since 1974 in North Yorkshire

Traditionally an agricultural village, situated on a beck, or stream known as a 'Rill' from which it gets its name. The population of the village and its surroundings has reached about 1000 people.

The A64 Road goes through the village, nearly splitting the village into North and South sections. The railway came to the village in the 1840's as part of a personal project of the 'Railway King' George Hudson. Special trains were still stopping at the station in the early 1960's, but the station has now permanently closed, though the railway remains open. The branch line to Pickering and Whitby has been closed and the section between Pickering and Goathland is in the hands of a volunteer run railway company.

There are two public houses on the A64 and a modern school off the High Street. On completion of their education the students at the infant school will usually at the age of eleven attend Norton College in Norton, near Malton. A small industrial company has moved into the village and there is a large house building company based in the village. Many people still work in agriculture, but others commute to jobs at Norton, Malton, Knapton, Sherburn and Scarborough.

Over the centuries many people have left the village to find work and a new life elsewhere. The Harrison family left the area in the 1770's to settle in Nova Scotia, Canada. Not all family members emigrated and there are still descendants of the family in the area. Ray Buckton 1922-1995, the Union Leader was born in a house in the High Street. 

The Church is the Norman Church of St Andrew which is situated near the cross roads of the village. The church yard is closed but the village Cemetery is situated at the end of the High Street.  There is a record of William Baron Latimer being baptised in the village in 1329, he was born in nearby Scampston. In 2012 a new edition of the Rillington and Scampston Parish Register has been edited and printed by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. This has used the Bishops Transcripts (the Annual return to the Archbishops Office of baptisms, marriages and burials at the Borthwick Institute) as an extra source and to fill in gaps in the orginal Parish Register.

Scampston Hall information, including the restored Wall Garden.

Rev William Thomas Stratford Vicar of Rillington 1902-
Rev William George Harland, Vicar of Rillington 1894-1902
Rev William Macdowall, Vicar of Rillington 1864-1889
Rillington Church about 1900  

Books about Rillington

Hudleston, N. A.(1955), Rillington, the story of "an everyday village";, Scarborough, G. A. Pindar and Son.,

Litton, Pauline M. {ed}.(2012), Parish Registers of Rillington and Scampston 1638-1837";, Leeds, Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Parish Register Section Vol. CLXXIX, 2012. (Sources used also include the annual returns to the Archbishops Office.)

Stratford, Rev W. T. (1911), Historical notes of Rillington and Scampston, London, Thomas Baker.

Whiting, C. E. ed. (1946), The Parish Registers of Rillington 1638-1812, Leeds, Yorkshire Archaeological Society.

Rev Theordore Williams Vicar of Scampston 1882-1894

Where are the historical records of the village of Rillington?

Parish Registers and Parish Register Transcripts (Bishops Transcripts) The Borthwick Institute for Archives, based in the University of York Library in Heslington, York)
Rillington Marriages 1803-1815 Transcript of marriages
Rillington Poll Book Information Voting before the days of Universal Suffrage and the secret ballot
Land Tax Records East Yorkshire Record Office, Beverley
Census records (19th Century) Scarborough Library, Beverley Library, Leeds Reference Library and at Northallerton Library.
Genuki United Kingdom and Ireland family history, with further information about the village
Rev Harry Stanley Carpenter Vicar of Rillington 1889-1894

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December 2012

Mr Enos Piercy of Rillington, Parish Clerk, lived 1823-1905