Much of Bishop Burton has been designated a conservation area. The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 defines a Conservation Area as "an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance".

The East Riding County Council has undertaken an appraisal of the village's conservation requirements which is also a brief history of the village and its development. The document updated in 2008 is attached below. If you want to be sure you have the latest update check the ERYC web site at the following location:

The document defines the special interest of Bishop Burton as follows. "The special character and appearance of the Bishop Burton Conservation Area is to be found in the survival of this former estate village, whose predominantly white painted cottages are grouped around its two greens and Mere. Bisected by the busy A1079 Hull to York road, it nestles in a hollow in the terrain which, with the impressive tree cover on its edges, adds to a feeling of enclosure.

It has some strong characteristics, including the importance of its open spaces and its disciplined architecture, where features such as the use of white painted brickwork, short chimneys, rustic porches and gabled dormers all feature strongly. In the summer, the importance of the trees on its greens and the visually cooling effect of its water create a balance to which other villages can only aspire."

The County Council document is very important since it delineates the conservation area to which the conservation principles and planning legislation apply. Thanks to Gordon Stephenson for locating it on the internet.


#4 Bishop Burton Conservation AreaJohn S Dunning 2010-08-30 09:23
The Conservation Area Appraisal makes interesting reading and is rightly complementary to our village.
The following comments may be of some interest. The black and white architecture may relate to Richard Watt\'s ownership of both Speke Hall and Bishop Burton, Speke Hall is near Liverpool in Cheshire where the distinctive black and white is to be found. The design of the College Lodge as well as the vicarage is most likely a copy of the architecture of Port Sunlight, the model village built by Lord Leverhulme near liverpool for the workers in his soap factory, the chimney\'s being particularly a common feature. No doubt Lord Leverhulme may well have been a friend of Richard Watt before he moved to Bishop Burton
#3 Derivation of BurtonJohn S Dunning 2010-08-20 12:36
The derivation of Burton being a fortified farm or dwellings i.e. a village is of interest and may be explained by the following.
To the west of the college campus is woodland within which is a raised bank and ditch called The Reins, long considered to be the boundry of the deer park.
But the asociated ditch is on the outside of the bank so this may have been a fortification that was later adapted as the enclosure of the deer park. if the only purpose of the bank and ditch was to enclose deer then the ditch would have been on the inside.
#2 Roman VillaJohn S Dunning 2010-08-20 10:11
The Roman Villa was situated at the west end of a field to the west of the village. Numerous tesseri are proof of its site. I suspect that the field owner woild prefer to keep this information confidential
J ohn Dunning
#1 Roman villaBryn Jones 2010-08-20 08:46
The reference to a Roman Villa being found in the village is rather contentious as it is based on an 18th century article on Ripon. No evidence of the villa is now available and we don\'t know where the villa is supposed to have been.

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