Village is visible from the busy A166 which passes by about a mile
away. The Church spire and other roof tops can be seen but the
hustle and bustle which passes by cannot stir the peace of this
tranquil Wolds Village.|
Harpham is steeped in history. Here
is the sight of the Ancient Manor of Harpham which is now only
mounds and ridges in the land of the church fields. It is from here
that the Drummer Boy legend originates. It is said that St Quintin,
The Lord of the Manor, was watching his soldiers in archery practice
when in a sudden movement he caught his Drummer Boy who was standing
at his side. The boy lost his balance and feel down the well and
drown. Legend has it that the sound of his drums can be heard from
the well whenever a member of the Quintin family is about to depart
TheVillage is also famous for the Well of St
John. St John was born in Harpham and educated at Whitby Monastery.
He became the Bishop of Hexham and later the Bishop of York in 705
AD. Shortly before his death he founded a Christian fellowship in
Beverley and there is a tomb in Beverley Minster in his memory. St
John is the patron saint of the deaf and dumb throughout the world.
well, famous for the healing powers in the water, is found on the
outskirts of the village and is decorated by local school children
on the nearest Tuesday to the 7th May each year.(St John of Beverleys
day). The choir of Beverley Minster hold a memorial service and walk
in their gowns from the Church down to the well.
of St John of Beverley is a small Church but attracts many visitors
each year. It is of Norman era and built in stone. It has been
repaired during the years with brick, evidence of this can be seen
in the nave and the clock tower.
The Harpham and Lowthorpe
Village Hall was built in 1933 and remains in use by the local
people. The village once had a reading room which has since
disappeared and the local school closed in 1967 and has since been
converted into a private dwelling.