Stokesley is 9 miles south of Middlesbrough, 3 miles south-west of Great Ayton and around 14 miles north-east of Northallerton. Stokesley is just 4 miles from the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
The town has an interesting Georgian High Street and market place, where markets are held each Friday. There are additional Farmers' Markets on the first Saturday of each month. The town's charter to hold a fair dates back to 1223, when it was granted by King Henry III.
At the end of the market place are the parish church of St Peter and St Paul and Stokesley Manor House, which although in private ownership and reduced in size in the 20th century, has contributed in various designs over the years to the history of the town. At times it has been used as a World War I hospital for Belgian soldiers and as a library and court house.
Hidden away behind the High Street near the back of The Queen's Head pub is an old 17th century packhorse bridge crossing the River Leven, an early route for traders carrying their wares to and from Stokesley market.
The village at Stokesley pre-dates the Domesday Book of 1086, when the small village had a church with priest and notably a mill. A mill continued to exist beside the River Leven right up until 1983, but today only a mid 19th century mill water wheel survives as a reminder of the past history of milling in the area.
Agriculture continues to play an important role in the life of the Stokesley area and this continues to be represented by the large one-day agricultural show held there each September, attracting around 20,000 visitors and 2,500 animals. The 2022 show takes place on September 17. A fair is usually held in the town centre for a few days preceeding the show. Stokesley Show website.
The town is at a bridge over the River Leven
Stokesley has a choice of pubs.
Stokesley has local traders and a supermarket.
Stokesley holds a traditional outdoor market - (Friday is market day, plus Farmers' Market - 1st Saturday of month).
The town has a Post Office.
The town has a pharmacy.
Stokesley has a bank and a building society agency.
A choice of cafes and pub food is available in Stokesley.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, sandwiches.
Stokesley has a town hall.
There are public toilets in the town with limited hours of use. (7.30am - 5.30pm daily except Dec 25).
The town has a community library.
Stokesley has schools.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist.
Places to stay in Stokesley include hotel, holiday home accommodation.
Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Road travelStokesley can be reached via the A172 A173 B1365 B1257
Places to visit
Mount Grace PrioryStaddlebridge, near Osmotherley, North Yorkshire
Mount Grace Priory, situated around 6 miles north-east of Northallerton (7.5 miles by road), is the best preserved Carthusian priory in Britain. The priory gives an insight into how the small group of monks who lived there spent their lives 600 years ago with a reconstruction of a cell, or small house, of one of the hermit monks, with its herb garden and work spaces. Founded in the mid-14th century it was the last monastery to be founded in Yorkshire in medieval times and it was also one of the last in Yorkshire to be supressed, in December 1539. The priory guest house was redesigned in the 17th century as a mansion and now houses an exhibition of the life of the former priory while outside are attractive formal gardens. The Priory can be accessed by car from a minor road leading from the busy 70mph A19 dual carriageway requiring particular care when entering or leaving the site. The priory is also accessible by footpaths. Mount Grace Priory is managed by English Heritage but is owned by the National Trust.
More information at the
The James Cook Schoolroom MuseumHigh Street, Great Ayton
One of a number of museums devoted to the famous Yorkshire navigator and explorer James Cook, the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum is situated in the small and picturesque village of Great Ayton where he was educated at the Postgate School. The small volunteer-run museum recreates an 18th century schoolroom, interactive displays of Cook's achievements and also has sections on the history of Great Ayton. The museum has seasonal opening times and also offers school visits.
More details at the
The Wensleydale Railway
A railway service into the Yorkshire Dales running from Scruton and Leeming Bar, near the
Further information at the
Wensleydale Railway website
North York Moors National ParkAt the eastern edge of the Hambleton district is the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors National Park, which covers 554 square miles (1,435 square kilometres). Within its area are moorland and coast, historic stateley homes, remains of castles and abbeys, attractive villages and market towns and a historic railway. For more information see our page dedicated to the
Emergency servicesNorth Yorkshire Police
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Civil parish councilStokesley Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website
Hambleton district council is one of the seven large district authorities within the county of North Yorkshire with its Civic Centre at Stone Cross, Northallerton.
It covers 506 square miles of the mainly rural area in the northern area of North Yorkshire adjoining the Hambleton Hills, after which the authority is named.
The council area includes
The council is made up of 28 councillors representing 17 wards, with between 1 and 3 representatives per ward. Councillors are elected every four years.
The district has extensive coverage of parish and town councils and parish meetings with 78 town and parish councils and 57 parish meetings.
Hambleton District Council website.
The political composition of the council after the May 2019 election was:
County authorityNorth Yorkshire County Council
Includes Hambleton and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
Police, Fire and Crime CommissionerPolice, Fire and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of