Towards the Millennium After the advent of the new church in Sharow there was a time of growth in the 20th century. The village grew away from the old springs and the 19th century centralisation on Sharow Hall and the old street. The house (since 1988) called Fairlawns did service as a British Legion home after the Second World War; it was
known as Lister House at the time. A British Legion graveyard, with neat rows of white headstones, remains behind the church ….a quiet testimony to those old warriors who spent their last days in the peaceful surrounds of Sharow. The old Lister House (before that known as Lucan House) has since been redeveloped into a complex of private homes, still keeping the essential character of the former residence.
In the 1970’s there was more housing development on the Dishforth Road, Orchard Close followed by the Church Commissioner’s sale of some glebe-lands, now Glebe Meadow. This and subsequent building and in-filling has helped to re-vitalise the village. Although many of the settlers do involve themselves with village or church life, many commute distances to work and use the village as a dormitory. However the school and social activities manage to flourish.
The old Railway Station (which closed in the 1960’s) has been developed into houses, with adjacent land on Hutton Bank becoming a site for industrial and commercial units with the prospect of more employment for locals. The Bridge Garage sadly lost its petrol pumps in 1999 due to legal and planning requirements; whilst the nearest shop and sub-post office is on North Street, Ripon across the river bridge.
The instability of land at Ure Bank where there is constant fear of ‘dolines’ or ‘swallow holes’ appearing in the gypsum/magnesium limestone deposits means building there should be restricted in future. Recent housing development has ‘paid the price’ for poor planning approval with little regard to known fault-lines being considered before building took place.
Thus Sharow sandwiched as it is between the river Ure and the rich arable land of the Vale of York is likely to remain more or less unchanged. The sanctuary stone at the end of Sharow Lane is a reminder of the past….. the safety it proclaimed from the harsh world beyond…… and the huge Sharow Millennium Star shining on the church tower (from Dec 99 to March 00) should always remind us as having been a sign of Christian faith and hope for the future.