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Welcome to Whashton Village

The view above is of the entrance to the village. This featured in the opening credits of the second series of the TV series about the Yorkshire vet "All Creatures Great and Small"

Welcome to the Whashton Village Website. Wheher you are a village resident, a visitor, or someone who has found us by accident, we hope you will enjoy this site and find out a little more about our village and what's going on. If you have any suggestions to improve the site please flag them up in the Guest Book, and don't forget to e-mail your friends to invite them to visit the site.

Where are we?
Whashton is a picturesque hamlet some 3 miles north west of Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales. It lies on the northern slopes of the high ground to the south of the Tees valley, and can be reached either from the Richmond - Ravensworth road, as shown in the view above, or via Gilling West (A narrow road not suitable for large vehicles).

What is the village like?
The village is essentiaslly rural in nature, the main part consisting of around 30 houses streching alongside the elongated village green (See "Village Green" page). The village is fortunate in still having a pub - the Hack & Spade (Own "The Pub" page) and retains one working farm in the village with a number of others in outlying areas within the parish boundary.

A litte about the village
The village has an ancient history, and more details are given in the relevant pages. The village green is owned by the village who look after it on a collective basis (See "Village Green" page) through the Village Green meetings. The village also holds Parish Meetings, both of these being held as required and both in the pub.

Whashton in Summer

Whashton has won the Best Kept Village competition a number of times. The Village Green is owned by the village, and the villagers take great pride in the appearance both of the grassed areas and the gardens in front of their houses. In spring and summer the village looks very attractive as you can see here.

The view below shows the village from the top of the village looking east towards the main village green, with the Cleveland hills in the background.

Whashton in Winter

Whashton is high on the slopes above the valley along which the A66 runs at an elevation af about 450 feet above sea level. Prevailing winds are from the west, but because of the exposed position can, and does(!), come from any direction. It can get somewhat wild in winter, although it is a few years now since the village was cut off by snow.

For those who only visit Whashton in summer, appearances can be deceptive, and in winter it can look quite different.

The view below was taken from the same spot as that in the summer. You should be able to spot the difference!

Origins of the Village

Whashton is the site of an ancient settelment, although it is not mentioned by name in the Domesday Book of 1086 as at that time it was included with Ravensworth.

The earliest record of the village's name appears to have been 1154 when it was known as Whasingatun. This evolved through Whassingetun to Wassington by 1208. By the end of that century it had become Quasshyngton or Quassingheton and bt the 16th and 17th centuries it had become the more recognisable name of Whasheton.

It is believed that the name derived from the Angles who originated in Schleswig-Holstein and who started coming to Britain after the departure of the Romans in the 5th century. The name probably dervives from the Angle term for a hamlet (tun-ton) of the people (-ing) of Hwassa.
It is recorded that Akery Fitz Bardolf gave the manor of Whashton to his son Bonde fil Ajery, alias Bonde de Wassington or Bonde de Ravensworth in 1156. At one time in the 13th century half the manor was held by Henry Fitz Ranulf and the other by his under-lord, Robert, son and heir of eudo de Wassington, a descendant of Bonde. However on the death of Robert in 1286 without an heir the two halves were reunited, since when they have followed the descent of the manor of Ravensworth.

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