About Tockwith Village

Tockwith is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, near the historical market town of Wetherby and midway between the city of York and spa town of Harrogate.

There has been a village on the site since at least 1086 when Tocvi was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Tockwith’s greatest claim to fame is being used as a staging post by Oliver Cromwell prior to the Battle of Marston Moor in 1644. He made reference to Tockwith in his diaries, in which he said: “If heaven should be half as blessed as the fields of Tockwith, all those who should pass St. Peter’s Gate shall be met with joys unequalled”

Tockwith played a major part in the English Civil War during the 17th century when the village was occupied by the Parliamentarian army commanded by Thomas Fairfax. In 1644, the Battle of Marston Moor occurred on the land between Tockwith and Long Marston (approximately 2 miles away) and a stone monument on the road between the two villages commemorates the site today.

During the 2nd World War Tockwith had 2 military runways and we believe Tockwith Lodge Farm may have been used as the nurse’s quarter during this time. A pilot is known to have tried to land a plane in the central street of the village after mistaking it for a runway and a piece of the plane remains stuck in a tree at East House. There are also some pictures of the crash on the wall in the Spotted Ox pub.

Tockwith boasts some lovely old buildings in the village (including a thatched cottage) a well stocked village store, post office, hairdresser and two pubs (the Spotted Ox and the Boot and Shoe) so you can get almost everything you need without venturing out of the village.  Throughout the year there are a number of village events such as Tockwith Festival and Tockwith show, come and join us for a weekend in May or August if you would like a taste of our village life.

The Spotted Ox Pub

The Spotted Ox

The Church of the Epiphany, Tockwith

Church of the Epiphany

The Boot & Shoe

The Boot & Shoe

Marston Moor Monument

Marston Moor Monument

Marston Moor Monument Detail

Marston Moor Monument Info Sign