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Foston, North Yorkshire

Coordinates: 54°04′39″N 0°56′03″W / 54.077500°N 0.934070°W / 54.077500; -0.934070


Looking north-east to Foston
North Yorkshire
Population 50 
OS grid reference SE698651
Civil parish Foston
District Ryedale
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town YORK
Postcode district YO60
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Thirsk and Malton (formerly Ryedale)
List of places

Foston is a small village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies close to the A64 and is about 10 miles (16 km) north-east of York.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Fostun in the Bulford hundred. At the time it was the possession of Earl Morcar, but had passed to Count Alan of Brittany by 1086. It was also recorded that there was a church here.[1] The etymology of the name is from Old Scandinavian meaning Fotr's settlement.[2]


The village lies within the Thirsk and Malton UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Hovingham & Sheriff Hutton electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Ryedale South West ward of Ryedale District Council.[3]


According to the 1881 UK Census the population was 99.[4] Local council estimates the current population as 50.[5] The nearest settlements are Thornton-le-Clay 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the west; Bulmer, North Yorkshire 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the north; Whitwell-on-the-Hill 1.7 miles (2.7 km) to the east and Barton Hill, North Yorkshire 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-east. To the east of the village is Spittal Beck, a tributary of the River Derwent[3]

The village is the site of a Scheduled Ancient Monument, this being a medieval settlement and moated monastic grange.[2][6] In addition to the Church, the Rectory and Foston Hall are also Grade II Listed Buildings.[7]


The presence of a church in the village was recorded at the time of the of the Norman invasion, but the present building, dedicated to All Saints, dates from the 12th century with subsequent renovations.[4] It is a Grade II Listed Building.[8]

Notable residents

The noted English writer and Anglican cleric, Sydney Smith, was rector of the parish from 1806 until 1829 and resident in the village from 1809.[9]


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