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Nunnington from the air in 2005

Nunnington is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. The River Rye runs through the village. The population of the village (including Stonegrave) taken at the 2011 census was 361.[1]


Nunnington Hall is a Grade I listed mansion owned by the National Trust and open to the public. The village has 28 other houses and features listed Grade II, including an early 18th-century bridge over the river.[2]


The parish church dedicated to All Saints and St James is a Grade I listed building. The nave and chancel date from the late 13th century and the tower from 1672. The tower, porch and vestry were rebuilt in 1883–1884. There is a fine 17th-century pulpit.[3][4]

A tomb in the church is said to belong to a man named Peter Loschy, who slew a dragon in Loschy Wood. In fact, the tomb belongs to Sir Walter de Teyes of Stonegrave Manor.[5]

Notable residents[edit]

Former residents of Nunnington have included the writers Annie Keary (1825–1879) and Eliza Harriett Keary (1827–1918) in the 1840s, while their father William Keary (died 1859) was rector.[6] Annie Keary's children's book Mia and Charlie; or a Week's Holiday at Ryedale Rectory (London/Winchester, 1855) recounts the story of the Proud Lady of "Nunningham", who haunts the hall.[7]

Sir Herbert Read, the anarchist poet and critic, was born at nearby Muscoates in 1893 and lived at Muscoates Grange Farm.[8]



The nearest schools are at Kirkbymoorside and Malton.[9] Nunnington Church of England School dwindled and closed seemingly before the Second World War.[10]

Public transport[edit]

Nunnington railway station lay 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the village. It closed to passengers in 1953.[11] The nearest railway station is at Malton (10.2 miles, 16.4 km). There are no public bus services to the village at present.[12]



  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Nunnington Parish (1170217276)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ English Heritage Retrieved 22 October 2010
  3. ^ Listing document
  4. ^ Further church history detail
  5. ^ "All Saints Church, Nunnington and the Dragon of Loschy Wood – Mysterious Britain & Ireland". Mysterious Britain & Ireland. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  6. ^ Lusting, Jodi (May 2006) [2004]. "Keary, Eliza Harriett (baptised 1827, died 1918)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 22 October 2010. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  7. ^ A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 1 (1914) Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  8. ^ 1901 Census
  9. ^ Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  10. ^ Photographs. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  11. ^ Retrieved 22 October 2010.
  12. ^ Retrieved 9 May 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Nunnington at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 54°12′N 0°59′W / 54.200°N 0.983°W / 54.200; -0.983