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West Riding
Cottages at Horton - geograph.org.uk - 102352.jpg
Houses on Green Lane
Location: 53°56’54"N, 2°13’15"W
Population: 76  (2001[1])
Post town: Skipton
Postcode: BD23
Dialling code: 01200
Local Government
Council: Ribble Valley
Ribble Valley

Horton-in-Craven or simply Horton is a village and a civil parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The civil parish originates as a township of the ancient parish of Gisburn, in the Staincliffe Wapentake, becoming a civil parish in 1866. It is near the town of Barnoldswick. Horton has a place of worship, anciently called a chapelry or chapel of ease. For transport, there is the A59 nearby.

The parish adjoins those of Gisburn, Paythorne and Newsholme, Bracewell and Brogden, Hellifield and Martons Both. According to the census of 2001, the parish had a population of 76, however the United Kingdom Census 2011 grouped the parish with Newsholme and Paythorne (2001 pop. 50 and 95), giving a total of 253.[1][2][3]

The name Horton is a common one. It derives from Old English horu 'dirt' and tūn 'settlement, farm, estate', presumably meaning 'farm on muddy soil'. This example is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086.[4] In the west of the parish in the Little Painley area, on high ground near the River Ribble, is the site of a Bronze Age Bowl barrow.[5]

The Pennine Bridleway National Trail and Ribble Way pass through the parish.[6][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Parish headcount". Lancashire County Council. Archived from the original on 10 December 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20061210214612/http://www.lancashireparishcouncils.gov.uk/documents/information/Parish_headcount.pdf. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  2. .UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Newsholme Parish (1170215119)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/sources/census_2011_ks/report?compare=1170215119. Retrieved 1 March 2018 
  3. "Wards and parishes map". Lancashire County Council. http://mario.lancashire.gov.uk/agsmario/default.aspx?categ=boundaries&layeron=Ward%20Boundary&layeron=Parish%20Boundaries&box=382900:448000:388400:454100. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  4. Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. HORTON.
  5. National Heritage List 1009494: Little Painley bowl barrow
  6. MKH Computer Services Ltd.. "Pennine Bridleway — LDWA Long Distance Paths". Ldwa.org.uk. https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Pennine+Bridleway+National+Trail. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  7. MKH Computer Services Ltd.. "Ribble Way — LDWA Long Distance Paths". Ldwa.org.uk. https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/members/show_path.php?path_name=Ribble+Way. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
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