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Population  233 (2011)
Civil parish  Scriven
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Shire county  North Yorkshire
OS grid reference  SE349585
Country  England
Local time  Saturday 11:39 AM
District  Borough of Harrogate

Region  Yorkshire and the Humber
Weather  13°C, Wind SE at 3 km/h, 40% Humidity

Scriven is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. The nearest city is York. From 1947 to 1998 Scriven was part of the Claro Registration District, until this was abolished. It is situated north-west of the A6055 road from Bond End and situated north-east of the B6165 Ripley Road.


Map of Scriven, UK

Scriven-with-Tentergate was a parish however in modern days it is now known as Scriven due to a boundary change. The name Scriven originally meant "Hollow-place" with pits and could have referred to the quarrying that occurred nearby. Tentergate however contains the derivative "gate", which is the Scandinavian translation for street, and was the place where cloth was stretched for drying.

Early history

Scriven was included in 1066 and 1086 in the Domesday Book. In 1066 the Lord was King Edward and the value to the Lord was £6. In 1086 however, the Lord was King William and the value decreased to just £1. There were 26 ploughlands, which was land available for growing crops and the taxable value was 44.9 geld units. Scriven was one of eleven berewicks in 1086 of the Knaresborough manor and remains close to the town. Due to the close proximity and deep history between the two, there are no churches in Scriven, village residents travelled (and still do) to churches in the town to worship.

In the 1870s, Scriven was described as:

SCRIVEN-WITH-TENTERGATE, a township in Knaresborough parish, W. R. Yorkshire; on the river Nidd, 1 mile N by W of Knaresborough. Acres, 1, 767. Real property, £5, 901; of which £40 are in gas-works. Pop., 1, 426. Houses, 353. The manor belonged anciently to the Scrivens; passed, in the time of Henry III., to the Slingsbys; and, with S. Hall, belongs now to SirSlingsby, Bart. Conyngarth Saxon camp and Gates-hill Danish camp are near the Hall.

Occupation structure

The pie chart below shows the occupational structure of Scriven in 1881. Historically Scriven's history was primarily agriculture which can be seen from the pie chart. Although majority of the occupations remain unknown, the data does show that of the known occupations vast were involved in the agricultural industry. However, if we compare this data with information from the 2011 Census data it can be seen that no-one in Scriven is involved in the agricultural industry. As society changed throughout time there became a shift in industry with most economically active residents in Scriven working in the wholesale and retail trade.


According to the 2011 census it had a population of 233. Due to the change in parish boundary, from Scriven with Tentergate to Scriven on 31 December 1894, the population also reflects this and there seems to be a sudden decrease. It is difficult to account for these population changes as the figures do fluctuate. The 2011 figures are very similar to the 1901 figures despite being 110 years difference. However, there are limitations to the population graph due to lack of historical data.

The graph supports the fact that there was the boundary change in 1894 resulting in Tentergate becoming a new civil parish. When the 1901 census was taken it showed how the population had decreased drastically from 615 in 1891 to 273, because of the change in boundaries.

Modern Scriven

In 2006, after Winifred Jacob Smith, a North Yorkshire resident, died she left what is known now as Jacob Smith Park, 30 acres of land which was turned into a public park. In 2012 Scriven made the news again, after a 200-year-old oak tree in Jacob Smith Park had fallen revealing a nest of 6,000 honeybees.


There are no schools in the area. The nearest primary school is St Mary's Catholic School in Knaresborough which is 0.7 miles away. The nearest secondary school is The Forest School which is a Special school and is 1.1 miles away.

Places of interest

There are 13 listed buildings in Scriven. 12 are grade II and the last is grade II*.

Home Farmhouse, The Green: A grade II* listed building due to its special architectural and historical interest which was first listed in 1966. Originally a house in late medieval times which was then restored, after alterations, in 1965–70.

Scriven Hall: A grade II listed building, formerly known as 'The Coach House' which in 1966 was converted into a normal house. The Hall was created to house Sir Thomas Slingsby, 2nd Baronet and his family,. In 1954 there was a fire causing the Hall to be demolished. The estate was later sold on in 1965 and was converted.


The area is mostly built on superficial deposits such as Diamiction. The bedrock contains mostly Sandstone however there are compositions of Limestone.


The table below shows the climate data for Scriven, collected from Knaresborough.

The Scriven Project

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the Arts and Museum Department of Harrogate Borough Council the project began in 2008 researching and documenting the local history, archaeology and landscape of the Scriven area and all the findings shout be documented by the end of 2013.


Scriven Wikipedia