The parish comprises the village of Sancton and the hamlet of Houghton and is located on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. It covers 809.9ha including grazing land, arable land, forestry and the typical wold dry valley. In the 2011 census there were 286 people living in the parish, with a wide range of occupations including village based farming, game-keeping and hospitality and commuters working in education, health, construction and commerce.

The parish has an outstanding children’s nursery and an award winning gastropub. It also has an active village hall providing activities throughout the year.

The parish church, All Saints, is a listed building with a 15th century tower octagonal from base to the top of the lantern tower, a unique feature in the UK. It has a thriving congregation with popular all-age services. The Methodist Chapel was built in 1815 and enlarged in 1840, and continues to hold well attended weekly services. It is associated with the Jackson family. Thomas Jackson was born in Sancton, the son of an agricultural labourer, and became President of the Wesleyan Conference in 1838 and again in 1849. The old school building, now a private nursery, was rebuilt in 1870 as a memorial to Thomas and Samuel Jackson.

Sancton has a long history as shown by archaeological discoveries of a Romano-British farmstead and 2 cemeteries with urn burials dating to Anglo-Saxon times. Sancton was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Santun/Sautune that is Sand Town. In 1765-68, Houghton Hall, a grade I listed Georgian country mansion, was built for Marmaduke Langdale, 5th Baron Langdale and the grounds landscaped with lake.

The benefits of the 20th century were slow to arrive in Sancton, as older villagers can recall pupils collecting buckets of water from the village pump to deliver to their school.


The Council have 3 vacancies for councillors please contact the clerk for further details.




Beverley Lift 'Shoppers' Bus Service

Morning Service - to start Tuesday 5th March 2019

Out             Return


Time Place    Time Place
 09:00 Hotham 10:45 Market Weighton
 09:10 North Newbald 10:55 Sancton
 09:20 Sancton 11:05 North Newbald
 09:30 Market Weighton 11:15 Hotham

Afternoon Service - to start Tuesday 16th April 2019

 Out  Return
 Time Place Time Place
 13:45 Hotham 15:30 Market Weighton
 13:55 North Newbald 15:40 Sancton
 14:05 Sancton 15:50 North Newbald
 14:15 Market Weighton 16:00 Hotham

Residents will need to register with Beverley Community Lift. Call 01482 868082.

Please note that this service is not free and there will be a small charge for users.




     Latest News/Events

  • All Saints Sancton, All Age Worship on Sunday 16th February 2020 at 4pm. Please click here for further information.

  • Dog Warden Service - 01482 396301 - use this number to report irresponsible dog walkers who fail to clean up, by telling the warden the location, date and time together with a description of the person and dog. Any information provided will be treated in strict confidence.

  • Urgent Treatment Centres located in Beverley, Bridlington and Goole. If you have an urgent injury or illness that is not serious, life or limb threatening, then the nearest Urgent Treatment Centre to you can provide assessment, advice and/or treatment. Common conditions that can be treated in an Urgent Treatment Centre.

  • Pocklington & Market Weighton Crime Prevention Panel - How to Avoid Threats to Your Money and Your Wellbeing






Village Pond

Village view across pub field