The ‘beautiful’ Yorkshire village fighting to be on the ‘Best in the UK’ list

A lesser-known Yorkshire village has been named one of the best places to live in the UK.

Straddling the River Derwent, Stamford Bridge’s main claim to fame is its links to a battle that would be a crucial turning point in British history. On 25 September 1066, a clash took place at Stamford Bridge between King Harold Godwinson of England and an invading Viking army led by King Harald Hadrada of Norway, a clash generally regarded as the end of the Viking era.

But today, the village is busy welcoming visitors who pass on their way to the east coast or looking for homes for people who want to settle in the area. Stamford Bridge enjoys the distinction of being one of the best places to live, according to property experts at Garrington’s, who publish an annual index evaluating nearly 1,400 cities, towns and villages in England and Wales.

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The village occupies a place in the 2022 ranking, having been measured in four categories – physical environment, quality of life, architecture/heritage and going green – by Garrington. But it saw a sharp drop in rankings this year, reaching an overall position of 1,225 out of 1,372 locations included, down 821 places.

Its highest rating in the overall study was for natural beauty, coming in at 280 out of 1,372 locations. The village’s architectural beauty gave it the next highest score at 655. Its green rating didn’t show the same positivity, however, at 1,193, and its quality of life score was near the bottom at 1,342 out of 1,372 places.



Ellie Summers, Senior Supervisor at No. 10 Bar and Bistro in Stamford Bridge, East Yorkshire
Ellie Summers, Senior Supervisor at No. 10 Bar and Bistro in Stamford Bridge, East Yorkshire

Our sister site Hull Live paid a visit to Stamford Bridge on a regular Thursday afternoon to see what picture was being painted by those who live and work in the village and if it has a battle on its hands to retain its Best Place title. for living. Ellie Summers is the senior supervisor at the former pottery café-bar and bistro No 10 in The Square and has been working there for just over three years.

“I don’t think Stamford Bridge is lacking in anything,” she said. “I like working here – I don’t live in Stamford Bridge, I’m in Dunnington – and we’re doing great. It is mainly local people who come in and also people who go to the coast who are passing through.

“The odd worker comes in too, we did a lot of business when they were renovating the Co-op store nearby but the lack of parking kept people away with the mess outside.” The Stamford Bridge couple Terry and Georgina Bojas have lived in the village for seven years and spend half of their time locally and the other half in Spain.

“It’s a lovely village,” Terry said. “We are originally from the Pickering and Malton area and have lived in Spain for several years. We have family in York so Stamford Bridge is ideal for us to visit.”

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