The Village


Hovingham is situated in an idyllic location within an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Ryedale District of North Yorkshire. A stream runs through the northern edge of the village, complete with ford adding to the picturesque nature of the village.

Hovingham lies 19 miles north of the city of York, near the market towns of Helmsley and Malton on the edge of the Howardian Hills. The village sits in the Thirsk and Malton constituency and buses run between Helmsley and Malton through the village. The nearest train station is in Malton.

Hovingham Signpost



Hovingham Hall

HOVINGHAM HALL sits proudly in the centre of the village and has been the home of the Worsley Family since 1563. The attractive Palladian house was designed and built by Thomas Worsley between 1750 and 1770. A unique feature of the grade 1 listed building is that the main entrance is through a high roofed covered riding school, once used for training horses. The hall was the childhood home of Katherine Worsley, Duchess of Kent and is open to the public during June each year. A visit is strongly recommended.

Sir Thomas Worsley was also responsible for the construction, architecture and consistency of most of the village, which to this day retains its appeal.

Parish Church All Saints, Hovingham

THE PARISH CHURCH of All Saints is of Saxon origin. The majority of the present building dates back to 1860 when it was rebuilt around the tower, which dates from Saxon days. A carved stone slab on the exterior of the church is believed to date from AD 800 and a centre point inside the church is the large 10th century altar cross. The Grade II listed Methodist Chapel can be located not far from the parish church.

Hovingham School
SCHOOL - The only school in the village is the Church of England sponsored Primary School.

The school is a beautiful Grade II listed building built in 1864. Secondary schools are Ryedale School (in Nawton, Beadlam) and Malton School. A number of independent schools are close by including Ampleforth College.

Village Hall

BUSINESSES in the village comprise of the Worsley Arms Hotel, the Malt Shovel Pub, Hovingham Bakery & Tearoom and the Village Stores, so the locality is well served.

The award winning Hovingham Market is held each month at the Village Hall, comprising of over 30 indoor and outdoor stalls promoting local produce. A unique partnership with the community enables local organisations to have stalls and run the market café, which generates funds that are ploughed back into the community.

The Village Hall
hosts many other events and can be hired for private functions.

Hovingham Hall & Cricket Ground


SPORT, RECREATION & VOLUNTEERING - The village cricket team play in what can be described as one of the most picturesque cricket pitches in the land. Home matches are played in front of Hovingham Hall on the outskirts of the village, with the hall on one side and green fields on the other.

An all weather tennis court and a bowling green are also located in the village with teams competing in local leagues.

The village has a wonderful playground with equipment for toddlers up to teenagers. There is also seating, including a covered shelter for picnics.

The Village Action Group is run by volunteers using funds from market cafes and was set up following the 2009 Community Plan. The group provides support to the village for many environmental & wildlife issues from snow clearing to providing bird boxes throughout the area.

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