Elvington, City of York

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Coordinates: 53°55′12″N 0°56′05″W / 53.920061°N 0.934786°W / 53.920061; -0.934786

Elvington is a village and civil parish situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) south-east of York, England, on the B1228 York-Howden road. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,212. The River Derwent forms part of the parish boundary and an ancient stone bridge connects Elvington with Sutton upon Derwent.

Elvington was part of the East Riding of Yorkshire until local government boundary changes in 1974, when it became part of the Selby district in North Yorkshire. In 1996 it became part of the City of York unitary authority.

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History

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book, which states that in 1066 Ulfketill had six carucates of land taxable, where three ploughs were possible. There is in 1086 a further mention of the church, which is Norman in origin and exists in part today.[1]

Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, was in control of the manor until his death. In the village there is Elvington Hall, built during Elizabethan times; famous writer Laurence Sterne lived there for a period of his childhood; Roger Jacques and Simone Sterne, his grandparents, controlled the manor prior to 1700.[2]

The town was once the home of the Scottish author and screenwriter, Hugo Charteris, who died of cancer in 1970 at his home in the village.

1900s onwards

Between 1913 and 1926 Elvington was served by a passenger service on the Derwent Valley Light Railway. The line was open for freight traffic until 1973.

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