Osbaldwick

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Coordinates: 53°57′22″N 1°02′02″W / 53.956°N 1.034°W / 53.956; -1.034

Osbaldwick is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of the City of York in North Yorkshire, England. It has been in existence since at least the 11th century, and is now a conservation area. It is the burial place of the nun Mary Ward.

According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,726. Prior to 1996 it was part of the Ryedale district.

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History

It is mentioned three times in the Domesday Book as Osboldewic.[1] It is named after Osbald, an earl in the kingdom of Northumbria. The village is home to Osbaldwick Hall and the 12th-century St Thomas Church, although this has been extended with a modern building. The village has been a Conservation Area since 1978.

Geography

Osbaldwick is now effectively a suburb of York, about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the city. The village proper lies mostly along one street (Osbaldwick Village); newer housing surrounds this and Osbaldwick is now effectively bounded on three sides by the A1079 to the south, the A64 (forming part of York's Ring Road) to the east and by green-belt land to the north, although this is under threat. To the west, newer housing merges into the Tang Hall district.

Light industrial/trading estates exist to the east of the village (heading towards Murton) and along Osbaldwick Link Road which links it to the A1079, with a large home improvement store on the edge of the village. A new (2006) housing development known as Murton Gardens was built by Wimpey Homes on the link road, on the site of a farm building and surrounding fields; and (more controversially) a development known as Derwenthorpe was granted planning permission on 10 May 2007 for the green-belt land north of the village. Some farmland also exists between Osbaldwick and Murton.

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