Our History

A short introduction

The fascinating history of Nunthorpe can be traced back prior the Domesday Book of 1086. Named “Thorpe”, or “Torp”(a Danish words meaning settlement) in the Domesday Book and described as a thriving settlement, Nunthorpe consisted of an estimated 1,080 acres of land set in magnificent countryside with views of the Cleveland Hills.

  Towards the end of the 12th century a group of Cistercians nuns, allegedly evicted from nearby Hutton Lowcross for rowdy behaviour, were resettled at Thorpe having been given some Thorpe land belonging to Whitby Abbey on which they built a priory and mill. The nuns only stayed at Thorpe a few years before moving on, but their short stay resulted in Thorpe being renamed Nunthorpe.

 Throughout the ensuing centuries Nunthorpe land passed through many important families but Nunthorpe remained an agricultural community closely linked to the market towns of Stokesley and Ayton.

 The Industrial Revolution had very little impact on its agricultural economy.

 The census returns of 1811 show Nunthorpe with a recorded population of 128 persons living either in the village of Nunthorpe or on farms in the surrounding area. At this time Nunthorpe was registered in the North Riding of York in the Parish of Great Ayton.  Its economy was agricultural or agricultural related.

 The rapid growth of the nearby hamlet of Middlesbrough from a population of 35 in 1811 to an astounding population of 91,302 in 1901 appeared to have had little affect on Nunthorpe which remained mainly agricultural through the 19th century, its population in comparison only reaching 198 persons by 1901.

 Nunthorpe continued to develop during the early 20th century with an increase in the number of new houses being formed into estates, the days of building big houses with big gardens was over. The present population of Nunthorpe in 2001 was 4,657.

Check out the Nunthorpe History Group website on www.nunthorpehistorygroup.org


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