Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Chop Gate

Woe betides anyone who pronounces this village with a hard ‘g’, in the same way as your garden gate. As every Yorkshireman will tell you it’s Chop Yat which is a mix of etymological roots. The Yat is Old Norse for a road and Chop comes from the Old English ‘ceap‘ for an itinerant peddler. Several medieval trading routes across the surrounding moors converge on the village, so maybe at one time, there may have been a thriving trading post here. Today the route is on the notorious B1257 between Stokesley and Helmsley, very popular with motorcyclists but with many accidents over the years. One leading motorbike magazine referred to it as the North Yorkshire TT.

A peddler’s route is but one explanation for the name of the village and like all things etymological someone else offers an alternative in that the name is, in fact, a derivation of Chapel Yate. Here the Yate means a tongue of land between two streams and implying a chapel of ease may have stood here.

On the left is the Buck Inn, first mentioned in a 1781/2 survey as Bakers Coffie House. I thought the 18th-century coffee house culture was confined to the larger cities so it is a little strange that one was in business in a quiet dale in the North Riding of Yorkshire. By 1826 though it was listed as a public house.

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