infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Stokesley
latitude= 54.4712
longitude= -1.1905
population = 5530
shire_district= Hambleton
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
shire_county = North Yorkshire
constituency_westminster= Richmond
postcode_district = TS9
postcode_area= TS
dial_code= 01642
os_grid_reference= NZ524087

Stokesley is a small market town and a civil parish in Hambleton district 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 Middlesbrough town centre. Stokesley is located between Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Northallerton, in a farming area. Local attractions for visitors include nearby Great Ayton, Captain Cook's monument, Roseberry Topping and 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, 1988 Olympics runner Louise Stuart and Sky Sports News journalist 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 Arriva service 29 from Middlesbrough every 30 minutes and the 81 from Marske Estate every 60 minutes.

There are regular Moorsbus services 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 Great Ayton.

Further reading

* 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.


* "A Scrapbook of Stokesley", The Stokesley Society 1998
* "A Walk Round Old Stokesley with Maurice Wilson", The Stokesley Society 1995

ee also



External links

* [ New Stokesley and area information website]
* [ The Stokesley Pride-in-our-Town Association]
* [ The Ancient Parish of STOKESLEY]
* [ Stokesley School]
* [ Stokesley Show]
* [ Mouseman of Kilburn, Robert Thompson]
* [ Stokesley Parish Church]
* [ Stokesley Photographic Society]
* [ Chapters Hotel]
* [ Places to stay, go and eat in Stokesley]
* [ Stokesley information site]

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