Huntington, City of York

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Coordinates: 53°59′33″N 1°02′35″W / 53.992629°N 1.043024°W / 53.992629; -1.043024

Huntington is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of City of York in North Yorkshire, England, on the River Foss, north of York and south of Strensall. Prior to 1996 it was part of the Ryedale district.

According to the 2001 census Huntington had a population of 9,277.

Huntington is made up out of mainly low-lying land, with the highest point in the village being only 64 feet above sea level. It covers some 4,800 acres (19 km2) and measures some 4 miles (6 km) from north to south and 3 miles (5 km) east to west.

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History

There has been a parish church (All Saints) in this village since 1086. Huntington originally included three villages within the parish boundaries: Towthorpe, Earswick and Huntington. Huntington itself also comprised the small township of West Huntington, including West Huntington Hall. The village is somewhat unusual in that the main settlement and church are separated by a river, the Foss. During the Middle Ages, the part of Huntington to the east of the Foss was part of the royal Forest of Galtres, a hunting royal forest that covered large areas of land to the north east of York and is still referred to in many local place names. The Act of Dis-Afforestation of 1629 put an end to this.[1]

Huntington remained a very small settlement until the second half of the 19th Century, with no more than approximately 630 inhabitants by 1901. The expansion of Huntington started slowly around 1870-1880, with the construction of nearby New Earswick and the opening of Queen Elizabeth Barracks in nearby Strensall. The rehousing schemes during the 1930s speeded up the growth of the village and turned Huntington into a suburban area of the City of York. The village suffered only a little damage during the Second World War and saw a further housing expansion along Huntington and Strensall Road in the years after the war. The northwards expansion was halted by the construction of the York ring road. Most of the land associated with West Huntington has now become the separate parish of New Earswick. Huntington's old village, including All Saints' church and the nearby West Huntington Hall, was made a [[conservation area in 1991. The urbanisation of the village is now almost complete, and current housing development is mainly driven by evolutions in the UK property market, the shortage of housing in York and the attraction of the local secondary school, Huntington School.

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