Appleton Wiske is a village in North Yorkshire. It’s a great place to live, because many people volunteer to provide facilities and activities. It’s hard work, as they not only provide the facilities, they raise the funds to pay for them.
So many people contribute to Appleton Wiske, it’s hard to name everyone. Volunteers drive the minibus, run coffee mornings, care for the sports field and children’s play area, manage the village hall, organise events and clubs, and so on – the list is endless.
Appleton Wiske also benefits from services including a village shop and Post Office, a pub, a primary school, pre-school, village hall, Church and Chapel.
History of Appleton Wiske
The village was here at the Domesday survey, and probably dates from far earlier. It was always a farming village, and it still is. In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, Appleton Wiske prospered under the linen industry, with other craftsmen such as shoemakers and blacksmith. Nowadays, our resident craftsmen concentrate on trades such as building, decorating, electrical work and computerised working from home.
Appleton Wiske is still a farming village, with hard-working families producing valuable food. The area is also rich in wildlife: every time I step out of the house, I see something new.
In the later 20th century, Appleton Wiske became popular with commuters, particularly to nearby Teesside. There has therefore been steady growth in the village, with a wave of development in the 1970s, and smaller developments since then.
Since the arrival of working from home during the pandemic, more people are around, taking their exercise and getting lunch at the village shop. It’s a trend I would be delighted to see continue.
Links for Appleton Wiske:
Street maps, with house names, courtesy of Colin Day:
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