infobox UK place
country = England
population = 5530
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
postcode_district = TS9
Stokesley is a small
market townand a civil parishin Hambletondistrict of North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the River Leven. Stokesley is located about two miles south of the boundary of the borough of Middlesbrough and ten miles south of Middlesbroughtown centre. Stokesley is located between Middlesbrough, Guisboroughand Northallerton, in a farming area. Local attractions for visitors include nearby Great Ayton, Captain Cook's monument, Roseberry Toppingand the North York Moors.
Visitors to Stokesley today will find an intact historic High Street, lined with many independent small shops and restaurants. Education is catered for by a Primary School, as well as a combined Secondary School and Sixth Form College. Established in
1958, alumni of the Secondary School include Labour politician Alan Milburn, 1988Olympics runner Louise Stuart and Sky Sports Newsjournalist and presenter, David Jones. Other main facilities include a Leisure Centre with a swimming pool, a medium-sized supermarket, show-ground, camping site, Health Centre, Library, Police Station and Fire Station. The town also has five pubs. Stokesley is also the home of Quorn, produced by Marlow Foods, and reputedly has some of the finest butcher's shops in the whole of North Yorkshire.
The inaugural meeting of the Stokesley Agricultural Society was held at the Golden Lion Hotel, now Chapters Hotel, in 1859. This boutique hotel was also used as the law law courts for the area being ideally placed between Middlesbrough and Northallerton.
There is a weekly market held on a Friday in the main square called the 'Plain'. In September there is a four day fair that takes over the centre of town. The agricultural show takes place at the end of September on the show-ground.
Stokesley is served by the
Arrivaservice 29 from Middlesbrough every 30 minutes and the 81 from Marske Estate every 60 minutes.
There are regular
Moorsbusservices on Service M2 (Danby-Stokesley-Helmsley) & Service M9 (Stokesley-Osmotherley) - these buses run on Sundays from Easter to October, and daily during the school summer holidays
Hutchinson's run Irregular services 82 (Stokesley-Yarm) and 83 (Stokesley-Seamer & Newby).
Abbott's of Leeming run hourly service 80/89 to
Northallerton& Romanby via Osmotherley
On Fridays only there is also a bus to Kildale.
The nearest railway station is
* Stokesley and District Local History Study Group, "Historical Glimpses of the Town of Stoxley", Stokesley and District Local History Study Group 1981
* The Stokesley Society, "Old Stokesley", The Stokesley Society 1983
* Stokesley and District Local History Study Group, "Stokesley in the 1860s: Aspects of Everyday Life", Stokesley and District Local History Study Group 1994
Freddie Wannitin, percussianist of alternative death metal jazz band Timothy and the Golishias currently is in residence in Stokesley.
* The Stokesley Scene Collection, New Book, Life in a Yorkshire Market Town with a Foreword by the Rt. Hon. William Hague MP "The Stokesley Scene Collection: 30th Anniversary Limited Edition", 2008. aselsa.es/stokesley-scene.html
* "A Scrapbook of Stokesley", The Stokesley Society 1998
* "A Walk Round Old Stokesley with Maurice Wilson", The Stokesley Society 1995
* [http://www.visit-stokesley.com New Stokesley and area information website]
* [http://www.stokesleypride.org.uk/ The Stokesley Pride-in-our-Town Association]
* [http://www.genuki.org.uk:8080/big/eng/YKS/NRY/Stokesley/index.html The Ancient Parish of STOKESLEY]
* [http://www.stokesleyschool.org Stokesley School]
* [http://www.stokesleyshow.co.uk/ Stokesley Show]
* [http://www.robertthompsons.co.uk/ Mouseman of Kilburn, Robert Thompson]
* [http://www.stokesleyparishchurch.org.uk Stokesley Parish Church]
* [http://www.stokesleyps.org.uk Stokesley Photographic Society]
* [http://www.chaptershotel.co.uk/History.asp Chapters Hotel]
* [http://www.herriotcountry.com/town-stokesley Places to stay, go and eat in Stokesley]
* [http://www.stokesley.co.uk/ Stokesley information site]
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