Situated on the route of the A174 Saltburn to Whitby main road, Hinderwell is consequently a busy village.
The five villages of Hinderwell, Port Mulgrave, Runswick Bay, Staithes and Dalehouse constitute the Parish of Hinderwell. This is the largest and most northerly parish in the Scarborough Borough Council area, forming the boundary with Redcar and Cleveland. It covers an area of 1659 acres and has a population of 2,315.
Hinderwell is a busy village which is often used as a stopping place for visitors to the area, amenities available include; public houses, shops, a post office, a church, (St Hilda with Roxby C of E), a church hall, a village hall, tennis courts, and a garage.
The prefix of the Post Code for Hinderwell is TS13-5.
Hinderwell provides a good base from which to explore the nearby National Trust sites and country walks.
Hinderwell, once an Urban Council area, is the centre of the local parish. Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hildrewell, a derivation of Hilda's Well. a name taken up after St. Hilda, the Abbess of Whitby, whilst travelling through the parish, was asked to intercede in a drought. Her prayers were answered and the spring which appeared near the site of the present Parish Church has continued to bubble from the hillside to this day. The waters were said to have healing properties particularly for eye diseases, and became a small place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages.
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the fishing and ironstone industries thrived in the parish, and Staithes became the principal fishing port on this part of the Yorkshire Coast. Fishing employed almost one thousand men in boat building, sailmaking, fish curing and the transportation and selling of fish. The ironstone mines at Grinkle, became uneconomical and had closed by the early part of the twentieth century.
The arrival of the railway in 1883 opened the area to tourists, and the twentieth century saw a gradual increase in the number of visitors to the parish. The breath taking cliff scenery, fine beaches, surrounding countryside, picturesque fishing villages and the close proximity to the larger tourist attractions in Whitby, Scarborough and the North York Moors National Park, has made the area a favourite with many tourists who often return for further holidays. The line, and stations at Hinderwell and Staithes closed in May 1958.
Touring the region you will see many a public house named after the Cleveland Bay, a breed of horse, indigenous to the area. Originating as pack horse of the Middle Ages which was then known as the Chapman Horse. Favoured in the Royal Mews in London the Cleveland Bay has acquired a world-wide popularity. The annual Horse and Agricultural Show in Hinderwell, is often referred to as the home of the Cleveland Bay, where the ancient breed can still be seen at its best.
After much cross breeding of the Chapman Horse with other horses such as the Andalucian the Cleveland Bay was born. Known as an all round horse capable of working the land, pulling coaches and heavily laden carts as well as being a Gentlemens hunting horse and a capable of jumper. The colour of the Cleveland Bay is as it's name suggests always bay.
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