Kirkbymoorside History Group

  • Promoting the study of local history
  • Assisting with research in the Kirkbymoorside Area
  • Securing archival material and artefacts


  2017 promises to be another busy year!

This coming year we hope to have several new publications well underway with a special Heritage Day in July. Keep checking our site for further details.

We have two titles ready for launch on Heritage Day

The first is "With God's Permission..." a collection of stories and information relating to Ryedale's forgotten link to the whaling industry. It covers unseen material from letters written between Nicholas Piper Esq and Captain John Kearsley. Launch date: 22 July

If you are having a clear-out of those forgotten boxes, garage or attic, please remember us if you come across anything you feel may be of interest to the history of our town and surrounding villages. All too often invoices, books, records, photos or a piece of memorabilia gets discarded. We are happy to take in donations of all kinds, dresses, boxes, ornaments even tools, have all been added to our growing archive in Kirkbymoorside.


  • Our Town

    Kirkbymoorside is an ancient market town, situated in Ryedale on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. It has been a centre of trade and still hosts a weekly market, every Wednesday, which was granted in a charter back in 1254. Today the town is still a lively hub and many of the streets have remained true to the original character of the town. 

  • Kirkbymoorside History Group

    The group was formed back in 1998 by a couple of local residents who were concerned the heritage of the town was being lost. Together they gathered a small working party and produced a series of booklets in 2003 entitled 'The Kirkbymoorside Times.'

    After a brief pause, a revitalised group began work on a variety of topics, the first of which was the former children's hospital - The Adela Shaw Orthopaedic Hospital.

    To date the group has published numerous books and worked on several joint projects. The latest one to be completed was entitled 'Not Lost But Gone Before' and focussed on the local churchyard. Read how with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the group, local residents and schoolchildren all worked together to research and restore several key gravestones and table tombs at All Saints. Our second grant - Kirkbymoorside Community Archive - Finding a Home - allowed us to create a purpose built home to begin the work of cataloguing the items in our collections.

View Around Town

Howe End Corner

The Shambles, Crown Square

The old railway line, Ings Lane

The old market cross, Crown Sq

Vivers Pond, on the hills

overlooking the town

Remembrance Day Nov 2014

Lest We Forget

 Market Day

Kirkby In Bloom