English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Burnt Yates

Early-attested site in the Parish of Ripley

Historical Forms

  • the Burnt Yate 1576 Wheater
  • Burntyeates 1581 KnaresWill 1678 PRHmp
  • Burnd yates 1617 Comm
  • Burn-Gates 1787 PRBl


Burnt Yates, the Burnt Yate 1576 Wheater, Burntyeates 1581 KnaresWill, 1678 PRHmp, Burnd yates 1617Comm , Burn -Gates 1787 PRBl. 'Burnt gates', v. brende , geat , cf. Branket Barn vi, 123infra .It is on the main road through Nidderdale and was probably a gate in the Monk Wall which separated the Forest of Knaresborough from the estates of Fountains Abbey. The circumstances of the burning down of the gates are not known.