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The Village of Alne

Poopulation 660 (2000)

 Alne is a pretty and typical Yorkshire village situated four miles south-west of Easingwold in the little valley of the river Kyle. The name is spelt Alna in the Domesday Book and is thought to be associated with the alder tree, Alnus, which used to be plentiful in the area. However, some contend that the name comes from Alhn, referring to a temple of Druids, so there could be some connection with early Druid rites.

The church dates from about 1150 and the outstanding feature is the decorated Norman doorway, considered to be unique. At the crossroads, Alne Cross, to the south of the village, is a stone plague cross dating from 1604. The villagers and traders left their money and goods here when the plague prevented markets from functioning.

There are about 240 households in Alne, comprising some 550 adults. There is also a "Cheshire Home", a pub / restaurant (The Blue Bell), sadly no longer a post office and general store, but a thriving village hall, a Methodist Chapel, a holiday Caravan Park and a modern primary school. A wide variety of clubs and associations are active, including a successful Cricket Club (with its own ground and pavilion), the Alne Parish Leisure Association, a local charity which has recently obtained land to develop as a sports and recreation area. A Street Fayre is held annually in early June which has a very forward looking committee! So much so that the Sunday Times has named it in their top ten vilage fairs in the UK!.

The main part of the village has been designated a Conservation Area and, with the large colourful front gardens, the wide verges and the cherry trees that line the main street, Alne can certainly claim to be one of the most attractive villages in the area.

Alison Brech

Alne 2000, and updated by the website editor 2013



from Baine's Directory of the County of York 1823

Map of Alne - 1856
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ALNE, a parish in the wapentake of Bulmer, a part in the liberty of St. Peter's; 3.5 miles SW. of Easingwold. The church is a handsome edifice, dedicated to St. Mary, in the deanry of Bulmer. The living is a vicarage, and in the patronage of William John Bethel, Esq. of which the Rev. Henry Chaloner, A. M. is the incumbent. This village takes its name from the Latin word alnus, (alder tree) it being situated in a low swampy country, which formerly abounded with alders, and thence was called the Forest of Alders. Population 386.







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Sqdn Ldr. Jack Currie was a famous WW2 bomber pilot who lived in our area. Some time after leaving the RAF he got a job as an instructor with the Home Office Defence School situated at Hawk Hills, Easingwold. During these post war years he decided to write his memoirs of his wartime experience as a pilot of a Lancaster Bomber. This book had the title of \"Lancaster Target\" which became very popular and sold in the thousands. He wrote this book whilst visiting the George Hotel in Easingwold in the evening whilst enjoying a pint. Sadly he died much too soon and is now at laid at rest in Easingwold church cemetery where one can view his unusual gravestone which mentions the fact that he was a famous wartime pilot and author. His funeral service was attended by hundreds of people, including the members of the BBC who produced a film of him being interviewed in respect of his wartime period when he was stationed at Wickenby in Lincolnshire.

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