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Welcome to Saxton Parish Council

Our Parish Council covers the villages of Saxton, the hamlet of Lead and Scarthingwell.

Saxton is a small village in North Yorkshire, England, 14 miles (23 km) southwest of York and 12 miles (19 km) east of Leeds. The resident population is about 250. It is close to the battlefield of Towton (Wars of the Roses). The closest town is Tadcaster.

The place-name 'Saxton' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Saxtun. This is from the Old English Seax-tÅ«n, meaning 'town or settlement of the Saxons'.

Saxton is home to an Anglican church, a primary school, a village hall, one pub, the Greyhound Pub owned and operated by Samuel Smith's Old Brewery, a cricket club, and the surviving medieval motte of Saxton Castle which was built in the eleventh century.

All Saints Church is a grade I listed structure which dates back to the 11th century. Some of the bodies of those who were killed in the Battle of Towton were buried in the churchyard. The men who gave their lives in the First World War are remembered on the War Memorial outside the church and a plaque inside the church.

As a small Parish Council in a rural parish, we aim to deal simply and openly with the small number of local issues that arise.

If you have any issues or ideas you would like to put to the Parish Council please contact the Clerk or simply attend the next Parish Council Meeting.

The dates of the next meetings should be shown on The Council page of this website. If for some reason the next meeting date is not available on this website please contact the Clerk :-   

Please note during the current Covid19 outbreak all enquiries to Parish Clerk

The Parish Council have decided to discontiue the Website from

6th November 2020

Helen Readman, Parish Clerk

Address: Pear Tree Cottage Main Street Saxton Tadcaster LS24 9PY

Phone:  01937 557559

Email:  thestudiosaxton@btconnect.com


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