Upsall is a hamlet in and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately four miles north-east of Thirsk. Upsall is part of the Upsall and Roxby estates owned by the Turton family. The population of the civil parish was estimated at 60 in 2014.[1]

Hamlet and civil parish in North Yorkshire, England

Human settlement in England

Sandstone cottages in Upsall

Location within North Yorkshire
Population 60 
OS grid reference SE453870
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THIRSK
Postcode district YO7
Dialling code 01845
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
UK Parliament

List of places


54.27665°N 1.30582°W / 54.27665; -1.30582

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The village is mentioned in two entries of the Domesday Book as Upsale in the Yarlestre hundred. Lands at the time of the Norman invasion were in the possession of Earl Waltheof, but soon passed to the Crown from whence it was granted to Count Robert of Mortain.[2] Some of the land was held for him by Richard of Soudeval. The lands passed to Robert de Mowbray, for whom the local Upsall family held the manor until 1327 when they were sold to Geoffrey Scrope. For a short while, the estates were Crown property before being granted to John Farnham in 1577. Thereafter, the lands passed through the Constable family to the Turtons in 1768.[3][4]

The name Upsall is thought to derive from the VikingUpsal-ir, meaning high dwellings or high halls.[3] The meaning is thus identical to Uppsala in Sweden.[5]

The village lies within Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Thirsk electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Whitestonecliffe ward of Hambleton District Council.[6]

The parish shares a grouped parish council, known as Hillside Parish Council, with the civil parishes of Boltby, Cowesby, Felixkirk and Kirby Knowle.[7]

The nearest settlements are Knayton1.24 miles (2 km) to the north west; Kirby Knowle1.1 miles (1.8 km) to the east and Felixkirk1.66 miles (2.67 km) to the south.[6]

Upsall suffered from the North Yorkshire Floods in June 2005. Nine inches of rain fell on the village in about two hours on 19 June. The consequences of such exceptional rainfall were that crops were flattened, tarmac was stripped from the roads, private properties were flood-damaged, a bridge was destroyed and tons of earth were washed from the fields and deposited on the roads.[citation needed]

Upsall is home to a rare breed of cows called Upsall Polled Shorthorns. The herd was established in 1909 and narrowly escaped the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.[8]

The National Cycle Network route 65A (Yorkshire Moors & Coast) passes through Upsall village.[9]

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