The village of Kirby Hill lies about a mile north of

the North Yorkshire market town of Borough-

bridge. It sits on a shallow eminence surrounded

by agricultural land and enjoys long-range views

across attractive rural landscape, particularly

north to the Hambleton Hills. Historically the

location occupied by the village is quite signifi-

cant. There has apparently been an established

community there from before Saxon times and

parts of the village’s All Saints church can be

traced back to this period. The main road through

the village, now Leeming Lane, was once the route

of the Great North Road from London to Scotland

but now the bulk of traffic flow is carried past the

village on the A1(M) about half a mile to the west.

Once a mainly agricultural village characterised