Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Villages
Full Sutton and Skirpenbeck Villages

Skirpenbeck Village

Skirpenbeck is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is situated 2 miles north east of Stamford Bridge just north of the A166 road.

According to the 2011 UK census, Skirpenbeck had a population of 142.

Skirpenbeck is near to Stamford Bridge, on the River Derwent, near where Harold Godwinson, King of England, defeated Harold Hardrada, King of Norway on 25th September 1066. Skirpenbeck (Scapendec) is in the Domesday Book, which records it as having been owned by Ormr and Bondi before being given to Odo the Crossbowman (Odo ballista), one of William the Conquerors' men. Its first baron was Sir William de Chauncy (b. 1080), son of Chauncy de Chauncy.

Thomas Cook, the famous instrument maker, was schoolmaster, at the Parish School and his son James Alfred was baptised in the church on April 15th 1832. Alick Walker the palaeontologist was born in Skirpenbeck in 1925.

There are at present five working farms in the village, two having closed in recent times and the buildings converted to dwellings. There is no other industry.

The parish church of St Mary's is a Grade II listed building. The north wall is almost unaltered 12th century. There is a carving on the wall that appears to be Saxon. Other markings on the ledger stones outside the church may also be Saxon. To the north of the church a dry moat and earthwork fortifications surround the previous Manor Farm. Aerial photographs suggest that a sizeable farm complex had once been present and the site is a listed Ancient Monument (Monument number 59540). Several fields adjacent to A166 are also listed, but their field structure has been obliterated by cultivation. The lost village of Scradiztorp is thought to have been located at the western end of Skirpenbeck.