Thornton in Craven

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Thornton in Craven
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Almshouses at Thornton in Craven
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Thornton in Craven
Location within North Yorkshire
Population431 (Including Elslack. 2011 census) [1]
OS grid reference SD906485
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKIPTON
Postcode district BD23
Dialling code 01282
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53°55′55″N2°08′35″W / 53.932°N 2.143°W / 53.932; -2.143 Coordinates: 53°55′55″N2°08′35″W / 53.932°N 2.143°W / 53.932; -2.143

Thornton-in-Craven is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is approx 1,740 feet (530 m) from the border with Lancashire and 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Earby. Barnoldswick is nearby. The Pennine Way passes through the village, as does the A56 road. The village has a church, a primary school and a retirement home, but no shops or pub.

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Holy well in St Mary the Virgin churchyard

Near the medieval church to the west of the village is a holy well, dating from Saxon times and now covered by an octagonal structure erected in 1764 by the rector.

Thornton-in-Craven railway station was closed when passenger trains over the Skipton to Colne route were withdrawn in 1970. [2] SELRAP are actively pursuing a re-opening of the line [3] which was given a boost in February 2018, when the transport minister, Chris Grayling, ordered a feasibility study into the reopening. [4]

The village playing field, at the bottom of Boothbridge Lane, is home to the first and second XI of Thornton in Craven Cricket Club who compete in different divisions of the Craven League. The teams are both heavily populated by players from nearby Earby and Barnoldswick, with few representatives from the village itself. In 2010 the 1st XI were promoted as champions of the 2nd Division after a single season, following relegation from the 1st Division in 2009. The 2nd Division trophy was presented to the team [ permanent dead link ] on Saturday 28 August by Trevor Coe of the Craven League at the ground of Sandy Lane Cricket Club.

Poet Blake Morrison grew up in the village. [5]

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  1. UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Thornton in Craven Parish (1170216786)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics . Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. Catford, Nick. "Earby". Disused Stations. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  3. "Briefing Paper – Spring 2003" (PDF). 2003. p. 3. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. "Study into Skipton-Colne line reopening". BBC News. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. "Blake Morrison joins opposition to proposed cuts at Skipton Library". Craven Herald & Pioneer. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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