Treasure Hunt – Dunnington

Resuming our treasure-hunting tour of York’s lovely satellite villages, this month we’re exploring dear old Dunnington. Slap on some sun cream and join us, won’t ya?


1, We start our hunt on York Road having joined it from the A1079 by Grimstone Court Retirement Home. Trudge on toward the village.

  • Which part of a horse is remembered by the first house you pass on the left?


2, Head up and over the old railway bridge (the line was closed in 1981).

  • What fruit will you pass on the right?


3, Turn left onto Pear Tree Lane.

  • What do the residents of Hunters Close hate?

  • What symbol of native American culture will you pass by?

  • What must all visitors to Dunnington Primary School do?


4, Turn left onto Church Lane.

  • When is there no stopping, “Mon-Fri”?

  • At what number will you find circles within circles?


5, Turn right onto Church Street. You’ll see the church directly in front of you. Enter the church yard.

  • In whose memory was the service timetable board erected?


6, Head to the right towards the patch of headstones between the church and a low brick wall. Let’s play… READING HEADSTONES (in this narrow little patch)!

  • How old was James Watterworth when he died in 1862?

  • In which year did Henry Meadley die?

  • Whose mother died before her, but seems to have been buried after her?


7, Head back out of the church yard and follow Church Street to the right.

  • At what number will you find the Rectory?

  • What repurposed building is described as “primitive” on a lofty stone engraving?


8, Head straight over the crossroads onto Common Road.

  • What very York-sounding pub do you pass?

  • The rather colourful sign on the (modern) Methodist Chapel is “in loving memory” to who?


9, Turn right on Greencroft Lane.

  • Fibre Broadband is where?


10, Turn right onto Owlwood Lane.

  • What house number is guarded by a statue?

  • Why might you not want to climb on the garages?


11, Turn right back onto York Street. Actually, before you do…

  • For what distance did the Derwent Valley Light Railway once run?


12, On York Road proper, heading back into the centre of the village.

  • Who built the cart now being pulled by a rather immobile horse?

  • The residents have been very forward thinking by putting a what next to Pattacakes Bakery?

  • Who makes “pies and sandwiches”?


Done(ington)! You’re right at the centre of the village and from here you can either head back to York or explore more. Well done!






1: Horseshoe House. 2: Blackberry (Gardens). 3: Unauthorised parking, a random totem pole in someone’s garden, report to reception. 4: 8am-5pm (on the school), 23 (iron sculpture in front garden). 5: Robert (Bob) Whitwell. 6: 85, 1805, Martha Prince. 7: No. 30, The Old Methodist Chapel. 8: Cross Keys, Margaret Dawson. 9: on the green telephone exchange box. 10: No. 30, they have a “fragile roof”. 11: 16 miles (on board by corner of street). 12: W. Horner, a dentist (for a visit after all the cakes), D&Y Taylor Butchers.


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