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Catterick, North Yorkshire


Catterick Village Green
Catterick is located in North Yorkshire
 Catterick shown within North Yorkshire
Population 3,155 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference
Civil parish Catterick
District Richmondshire
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RICHMOND
Postcode district DL10 7
Dialling code 01748
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Richmond
List of places

Catterick is a village , civil parish and electoral ward in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It is 8.5 miles (13.7 km) north-west of the county town of Northallerton just to the west of the River Swale. It lends its name to nearby Catterick Garrison and the nearby hamlet of Catterick Bridge, the home of Catterick Bridge Racecourse where the village Sunday market is held. It lies on the route of the old Roman Road of Dere Street and was home to a small Roman fortification.


  • Toponymy 1
  • History 2
  • Governance 3
  • Geography 4
  • Demography 5
    • 2001 census 5.1
    • 2011 census 5.2
  • Culture and community 6
  • Religion 7
  • Notable residents 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


The etymology of the name is derived from the Latin place name, "Cataractonium" looks like a Latin/Greek mixture meaning "place of a waterfall", but it might have been a Roman misunderstanding of the Celtic name Catu-rātis meaning "battle ramparts", as partly supported by the spelling Κατουρακτονιον on the Ptolemy world map.[2][3][4]


The village is mentioned in Ptolemy's Geographia of c. 150 as a landmark to locate the 24th clime.[5] It dates back to Roman times, when Cataractonium was a Roman fort protecting the crossing of the Great North Road and Dere Street over the River Swale. It is also mentioned in the Domesday Book as Catrice and the manor was held by Earl Edwin at the time of the Norman invasion. Afterwards it was granted to Count Alan of Brittany.[6] Thereafter the demesne manor was held by the lords of Richmond. The manor has been held by John of Gaunt in the 14th century and the Earl's of Salisbury in the 15th century. The manor was held for a while by Sir John Conyers from 1484. During the reign of Queen Mary I, the manor was granted to the youngest daughter of Henry Pole, 1st Baron Montagu, whose son Francis Barrington inherited the honour. The Barrington family passed the manor to Richard Braithwaite whose descendants inherited the manor and held it until the 18th century. Other lords of the manor included the Lawson family, who held it into the late 19th century.[7][8]

Catterick is thought to be the site of the Battle of Catraeth (c. 598) mentioned in the Welsh language poem Y Gododdin. This was fought between Celtic British or Brythonic kingdoms and the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Bernicia. Paulinus of York performed baptisms nearby in the River Swale.[9]

Pallet Hill, just to the north of the village church, is the site of the earthwork remains of a motte and bailey castle. It is thought to have been built by King Stephen in the mid 12th century to control the Great North Road. It has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[10] To the south of the village on the south side of the A1/A6163 interchange, is the site of a small Roman roadside settlement and cemetery on Bainesse farm.[8] It has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[11]

In later times, it prospered as a coaching town where travellers up the Great North Road would stop overnight and refresh themselves and their horses; today's Angel Inn was once a coaching inn. A mile to the south-east are the surviving earthworks of Killerby Castle, a medieval motte-and-bailey castle. RAF Catterick, the airfield to the south of the village, was transferred to the Army and is now Marne Barracks, named after the site of two significant battles of the First World War.


The village lies within the Richmond UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Catterick Bridge electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Catterick ward of Richmondshire District Council.[12] Catterick has a Parish council that covers the same area as the district ward and returns two councillors to the District Council.


Brough Beck, Catterick

The village lies along A6163 road to Richmond and is by-passed by the A1. The A1 bypass, which cost £1 million at the time, was opened in 1959 by Lord Chesham, the Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport.[13] The River Swale turns southward just to the north of the village at Catterick Bridge and flows to the east side of the Catterick. Brough Beck runs east through the village to join the River Swale. There are several bodies of water that are the result of quarrying. Within 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of Catterick are the villages of Brompton-on-Swale, Catterick Bridge, Colburn, Tunstall, East Appleton, Ellerton-on-Swale, Whitwell, Scorton and Uckerby.[12]


Year 1801 1811 1821 1831 1841 1851 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1951 1961 2001 2011
Total 2450 2382 2641 2815 2710 2771 650 681 546 534 564 849 2161 2011 2473 3155

2001 census

The 2001 UK census showed that the population was split 52.6% male to 47.4% female. The religious constituency was made of 83.4% Christian, 0.25% Buddhist, 0.11% Jewish, 0.11% Other and the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 97.6% White British, 0.9% White Other/Irish, 0.4% Mixed Ethnic, 0.21% Black British, 0.21% Other Ethnic and 0.25% British Asian. There were 1,050 dwellings.[15]

2011 census

The 2011 UK census showed that the population was split 58% male to 42% female. The religious constituency was made of 70.75% Christian, 0.16% Buddhist, 0.19% Muslim, 0.85% Hindu, 0.54% Other and the rest stating no religion or not stating at all. The ethnic make-up was 92.4% White British, 2.3% White Other/Irish, 1.2% Mixed Ethnic, 0.76 Black British, 0.38 Other Ethnic and other and 1.77% British Asian. There were 1,200 dwellings.[16]

Culture and community

Marne Barracks borders the village to the south along Leeming Lane and Oran Lane. The base and Service quarters are separated from the village by a protective fence. There are a few local businesses, such as take-away food outlets, local store with Post Office, public house and a Car Service Station. There is a sports ground which is used for Cricket and Football.

BFBS Radio broadcasts from studios on Shute Road across the town and surrounding areas on 106.9FM as part of its UK Bases network

Michael Sydall CE Primary School provides education for a mixed gender pupil intake between the ages of four and eleven. The school has an official capacity of 252 pupils.[17] The school is named after a vicar of the village church of St Anne who founded a school in the village in 1658.[8] The school is in the catchment area of Risedale Sports & Community College in nearby Catterick Garrison for secondary education needs.[18]


St Anne's Church, Catterick

The church in the village is dedicated to St Anne and is a Grade I listed building.[19] The current building was completed in 1412 and added to in both 15th and 19th centuries.[7][8] A Wesleyan chapel was built in the village in 1842 on Low Green next to the local public house.[8]

Notable residents

  • Thomas Booth (c.1755–1835) was the owner and farmer of the nearby estate of Killerby. He was a successful stock breeder, winning prizes for breeding out defects in the traditional shorthorn cattle to produce better milk and meat producing animals.[22]
  • Alexander John Scott (1768–1840) was a vicar of Catterick from 1816 until his death in 1840. A naval chaplain, he had served with his uncle, Rear-Admiral Alexander Scott, in the West Indies. He was a close friend and secretary of Lord Horatio Nelson[23]
  • Sir William Brown (1784–1864) attended the school of Rev Bradley in Catterick. He became a successful merchant, firstly in the cotton trade and later in shipping and finance. In later years he became involved in local politics in Liverpool and represented the South Lancashire Parliamentary constituency.[24]
  • William Henry Angas (1781–1832) attended boarding school at Catterick. He initially had a career at sea, but became a church minister and missionary.[25]
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  • Frederick John Jackson (1860–1929) was born at Oran Hall in Catterick in 1860. He had a career in the British Imperial East Africa Company before turning to public service. He held the position of Lt Governor of the East Africa Protectorate (now Kenya) and then Governor of Uganda from 1911 to 1917.[27]


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  6. ^ Catterick in the Domesday Book. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
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  9. ^ Marios Costambeys, ‘Paulinus [St Paulinus] (d. 644)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, October 2005 accessed 30 April 2011
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External links

  • Sunday Market

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