Hambleton parish population estimate 1120 (2000)
The name Huby is derived from the Old Norse hu and bi, a Danish settlement, probably of Hu or Hugh, a Dane from whom the village takes its name, and has been written as Hobi, Hebi, Hobey and Hubi. In the time of the Norman survey, Huby constituted part of the 'Soke of Easingwold' and belonged to the Royal demesne of the Forest of Galtres. After the battle of Evesham in 1265, the Parish of Easingwold and the Township of Huby were granted to Edmund Plantagenet, the first Earl of Lancaster. They remained in the ownership of the Duchy of Lancaster until the reign of Elizabeth I, when they reverted to the Crown.
Under Charles I (1625-1649) the manor of Easingwold was granted to Thomas Belasyse, first Lord Fauconberg. In 1630 Galtres ceased to be a forest and in the 1640s large areas were enclosed. In 1625/26 the Plague entered Huby; the inhabitants fled the town and camped on common land - called "Cabin Lands" and still so named today.
William Wakefield, architect of Duncombe Park and Gilling Castle purchased a house in Huby in 1720, which could be Huby Hall at the west end of Gracious Street. He lived there until his death in 1730.
In 1835 Huby had a day school, with an endowment of £1 per year, attended by 40-50 children. Huby had three Public Houses in 1840, The New Inn, The Star and The Cup. By 1863 The Cup had changed its name twice, first to The Tankard and then to The Queen of Trumps. The New Inn and The Star are still with us, but The Queen of Trumps is now a private residence, Sasford House. The name Sasford can be found in Huby as far back as the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066).
The Act of Enclosure of open land and common arable fields of Huby was passed in 1841. The survey, enrolled at Northallerton on the 7th April 1842, shows 517 acres 10 perches of land to be allotted, and was divided into West Field, Middle Field, Diana Field and Hurn Field.
At the junction of Baston Lane (Tollerton Road) and Main Street was the Pinfold, a pound for stray animals. The Poor House was situated on the west side of Bell Lane, and on a small green at the south end of Main Street there was a May-Pole.
A school was built by subscription in 1861, on a site in Tollerton Road presented by Sir George Darby Wombwell, Lord of the Manor. In 1890 it had approximately 70 scholars and was licensed for Church services. Huby has two Methodist Chapels, a Wesleyan which is well used today, and a Primitive, now the W.I. Hall.
In Main Street there is the Village Shop, which in its day has been a Reading Room and then a tailor's, with a wooden hut in the garden from which was served fish and chips. We now have a modern Fish & Chip shop, which stands back from the road. What was the local blacksmith's is now a thriving Garage (now closed, 2009); also in Main Street is the Post Office. The school built 140 years ago has long transferred into a new building, and is for mixed infants and juniors.
Huby is a friendly, vibrant community with many activities for all age groups.
Researched by Donald Hannah of Huby in 2000, from the records of Thomas Gill (1852) and G. C. Cowling MA.
from Baine's Directory of the County of York 1823
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