Wold Newton, East Riding of Yorkshire


Wold Newton, East Riding of Yorkshire

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 54.142588
longitude= -0.399420
official_name= Wold Newton
static_

static_image_caption = View of village
population= 291 (2001 census)
civil_parish= Wold Newton
unitary_england = East Riding of Yorkshire
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
lieutenancy_england= East Riding of Yorkshire
constituency_westminster= East Yorkshire
post_town= DRIFFIELD
postcode_district = YO25
postcode_area= YO
dial_code= 01262
os_grid_reference= TA046730

Wold Newton is a small Yorkshire Wolds village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated approximately convert|9|mi|km|lk=on south of Scarborough and convert|9|mi|km|lk=off north west of Bridlington. The hamlet of Fordon is also part of the civil parish of Wold Newton. According to the 2001 UK census, Wold Newton parish had a population of 291.cite web
url = http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=791069&c=Wold+Newton&d=16&e=15&g=390796&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1211404776875&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779
title = 2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Wold Newton CP (Parish)
accessdate = 2008-05-20
work = Neighbourhood Statistics
publisher = Office for National Statistics
]

The parish church of All Saints is a Grade II* listed building.

History

On 13 December 1795 a meteorite crashed on the outskirts of the village. As a monument to this event there is a brick column bearing the inscription [cite web
url=http://helmyorkshire.com/woldfolder/meteorite.html
title=The Meteorite
publisher=The Wold Cottage
accessdate=2008-09-06
]

Here on this spot, December 13, 1795 fell from the atmosphere an extraordinary stone.In breadth twenty-eight inches, in length thirty-six inches and whose weight was fifty-six pounds.This column in memory of it was erected by Edward Topham, 1799.

In fiction

The American science fiction author Philip José Farmer posited that this event caused genetic mutation in some people who were passing by at the time. Their enhanced genes led to the extraordinary abilities of their descendants, who include: Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, Doc Savage, Nero Wolfe, James Bond, Lord Peter Wimsey, Professor Moriarty, Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, Kinsey Millhone, Richard Hannay, Charlie Chan, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, and John Shaft.

Farmer's extended family of superheros and villains are now known as the Wold Newton family, and the concept has been elaborated upon by many other writers.

References

External links

* [http://www.driffield.co.uk/wolds_village_wold-newton.htm Wold Newton]
* [http://www.thornton1.freeserve.co.uk/meteor.htm Picture of the memorial]
* [http://www.pjfarmer.com/woldnewton/Pulp.htm An Expansion of Philip José Farmer's Wold Newton Universe]


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