Copmanthorpe is a village and civil parish in the City of York in the English county of North Yorkshire, south-west of York, west of Bishopthorpe and close to Acaster Malbis, Askham Bryan and Askham Richard. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 4,262. Until 1996 it had been part of the Selby district. The village is part of the York Outer constituency.
The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Copemantorp, from Old Norse Kaupmanna þorp, meaning Traders' Village or Craftsmen’s Village. The area of Copmanthorpe covering Main Street, Church Street and Low Green became a Conservation Area in 1978.
It is recorded that the Lord of Copmanthorpe Manor was an Anglo-Saxon, named Gospatrick, at the time of the Norman invasion of England. According to the Domesday Book, the title was handed to Erneis de Burun in 1084, when he became Sheriff of Yorkshire.
Members of the Vavasour family were resident in the village from the 17th until the 20th century. A William Vavasour of Copmanthorpe is recorded in the Battle Abbey Roll. The Vavasour family were the holders of the Barotnetcy of Haselwood near Tadcaster from 1628, which included estates in Killingthorpe, Spalington and Copmanthorpe. Sir William Vavasour was the first and only Baronet of Copmanthorpe in 1643 until his death in 1659 and was the son of the Knight Marshall, Sir Thomas Vavasour. In 1672 the manor was sold to the Wood family.
Copmanthorpe was the site of a preceptory of the Knights Templar, on land given to the Templar Knights by the Malbis family (see Acaster Malbis). A Preceptor, Robert de Reygate, of the Temple is recorded as early as 1291.
During the First World War, there was a Royal Flying Corps airfield near to Drome Road. In 1919, one of the huts from the aerodrome was bought by Yearsley Bridge Hospital (a fever hospital), in the north of York, to provide additional nurses's accommodation.
The Copmanthorpe rail crash was a railway accident that occurred on 25 September 2006. One person was killed when the 14:25 Plymouth to Edinburgh Virgin Cross Country service collided with a car that had veered off Moor Lane and onto the tracks, causing the front carriage of the Voyager train set to derail and the car driver to die. The accident happened at approximately 21:01 BST. The train involved was already running late on its journey towards York.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Copmanthorpe.