Welcome to Lockton and Levisham



The group at work on a sunny day outside Levisham village hall

Lockton and Levisham are two small villages on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Lockton with a population around 150, Levisham about half the size, are near neighbours as the crow flies, but separated by a dramatic, deep valley. Both have survived since before Domesday Book; after centuries of continual change, both are still flourishing today. 

The Heritage Group aims to link present with past, recording and honouring the lives and activities of our predecessors, making both past and present accessible to everyone who lives in or visits this area of unspoilt, wild beauty. We are interested in everything to do with these villages -

  • the natural environment, a delight for walkers
  • maps, including historical maps
  • archaeological: the extensive remains on the moor, well researched and documented by the North York Moors National Park Authority, and – our particular project – the site in the valley where the ruins of Levisham’s old Parish Church, St Mary’s still stand
  • buildings: houses, farm buildings, mill, and churches
  • people: newcomers as well as families who have lived here for generations
  • pictures: we are collecting all the old postcards and photographs of the area








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