Annual Report

You can read the Mayor's Annual Report here

 

Services

You can ask about any town council service or other matter in the town library any time it is open.

Contractors

From time to time the council seeks tenders from local contractors for a variety of projects.  None right now - keep looking.

Grants

The council can make grants for projects that benefit the town.  More details...

Fix My Street

Quite a few problems can be reported through Fix My Street - a web site with links to Ryedale and North Yorskhire Councils.

The Moorsider

The Moorsider is the town newsletter and is published about four times a year.  A copy is delivered to every household in Kirkbymoorside.  You can download a copy of the latest edition here.

Previous editions are listed below:

December 2012

February 2013

July 2013

December 2013

April 2014

November 2014

March 2015

June 2015

November 2015

March 2016

 

The Moorside Room

 

The Moorside Room @ 9 Church Street, Kirkbymoorside, YO62 6AZ is available for hire. The space is ideal for exhibitions, meetings, children's parties, exercise classes, fund raising events  and is the venue for the Kirkbymoorside Musical Memories sessions.

Click Here for a Booking Form

HIRE CHARGES

Commercial bookings @ £10 per hour

A 30% discount is available to Local Community Groups and Charities @ £7 per hour

Rates may be negotiated for block bookings and certain events such as exhibitions at the discretion of the Town Clerk.

 

 

Manor Vale

Manor Vale is extensively used by the local community for quiet recreation and has open public access. It is located at the northern edge of the town, and is owned and managed by Kirkbymoorside Town Council. Read more about it here.

Town History

The name Kirkbymoorside suggests one of the key reasons for the settlement’s establishment, that being the shelter offered by the southern slopes of the moors into which the town nestles. The Ancient Britons left behind flint and stone axes, and traces of their Celtic language in the street names of Tinley Garth (garden) and Howe End (a ’howe’ being a burial mound). Anglo-Saxon and Viking artefacts include a silver coin dating from around 790, found within the grounds of the parish church of All Saints.

 

With William the Conqueror came the ’Harrying of the North’; Saxon landowners gave way to his supporters and in Kirkbymoorside Torbrant was replaced by Hugh Fitzbaldric and then Robert de Stuteville. The Stuteville family built a moated wooden castle on Vivers Hill behind the church with commanding views of the town and beyond. The town grew in importance and prospered under the Wake family to whom it passed in the 13th Century and in 1254 the Wednesday Market, which still thrives today, was established along with an annual fair.

In the 14th century the Black Death hit Kirkbymoorside and soon the wooden castle was in decay and a loss of order within the town followed. This changed after 1408 when the Nevilles, an illustrious family, took over. They built a fortified manor house or "castle" to the north of the town with a well stocked deer park. Sadly only a frgment of this house remains in present day Manor Vale, but the Meville coat of arms can be seen on some of the roof bosses in the parish church. The Neville family remained Catholic after the English Reformation and took part in the doomed Rising of the North' in 1569. Charles Neville, Earl of Westmoreland, made his escape in thick snow toScotland, aided, so it is said, by a blacksmith from Castlegate, who reversed his horse’s shoes. NevilleCastle quickly declined and nearby High Hall became the new manor house. Kirkbymoorside continued to develop as a market town serving an agricultural community. By 1660 there was a grammar school in the building which now houses the library and a Quaker presence was established in West End. Lords of the Manor were often absentee, although one, the notorious George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham did not escape Kirkby. He was brought back to the town after catching a chill whilst fox-hunting nearby and died in Buckingham house, which bears a plaque to his name. His remains were taken back to London, although his entrails were buried in the local churchyard.

The largest building, in the middle of the town is the Toll Booth and War Memorial Hall. The Toll Booth was built about 1730 with stone taken from the ruined NevilleCastle. The Market Hall housed shops at street level, the next level a courtroom and the third a number of workshops. There were stone steps leading from the Market Place down into a vaulted cellar that served as the town prison or ‘hoppit’. In 1871 a fire gutted the building and it was rebuilt in 1872. The townspeople obtained the now two-storey building in 1919 by public subscription to honour local men who served and died in the Great War. Memorial plaques are erected to those that served and died in the two world wars. It has been used as a cinema and dance hall. Joe Ffoord was able to provide the town with a regular supply of water with his skillfully engineered system of open rills. The biggest change, however, was the enclosure of the open fields farmed in common. This new system favoured the bigger farmers whilst the others faced hardship, especially when the new cotton factories of Lancashire reduced the work put out to cottage spinners. So, in 1834, Parliament decided that any help given to the ’deserving poor’ should be within a workhouse and in 1850 Kirkby’s first was established in Tinley Garth, with a police station comprising of a house and prison, being built nearby in the following year.

The Methodists and the Independents both had chapels and were joined by the Primitive Methodists in 1861. The Victorian vogue for the Gothic made its mark with the extensive redesigning of All Saints Church by the celebrated architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. By the 1881 census Kirkby1 had a population of 2377. There were two printers, two chemists, a baker, a cooper, six blacksmiths, several boot and shoe makers, a butcher and cattle dealer, a grocer, six joiners and a solicitor, not to mention eight inns and three refreshment rooms.

For those wishing to discover more of the history of our town, the “Kirkbymoorside’s History Trail” booklet is available from the Town Council Office and other selected outlets

Grant Application Form

You can download the application form either as a Word document or as a PDF File

Town Council Office

Church House

7 High Market Place
Kirkbymoorside
York YO62 6AT
Tel: 01751 432217

Send us a message now

Please be aware that the office is closed on Mondays and Fridays. The Town Clerk is available in the library on Wednesdays between 12 and 2pm.

Meetings

The full council normally meets on the third Monday of each month except August.  Meetings start at 7.30 pm in Church House, High Market Place, Kirkbymoorside.  For committee meetings or to check on council meetings, please refer to our calendar.

Town History

Kirkbymoorside has a long and interesting history.  The local history group has built a collection of documents and items and has created a body of writing about the town's past.  You can find a summary here, or look out for exhibitions by the group.