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West Riding
Mill race, Birstwith.jpg
Mill race on the Nidd at Birstwith
Grid reference: SE239595
Location: 54°1’53"N, 1°38’12"W
Population: 868  (2011)
Post town: Harrogate
Postcode: HG3
Local Government
Council: Harrogate

Birstwith is a village within Nidderdale, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, beside the River Nidd. The 2011 recorded a population of 868.

Birstwith Mill on Wreaks Road is run by Kerry Ingredients, a food products manufacturer. The River Nidd provided water for the mill, and although sluice gates and a mill race exist, the water wheel no longer turns—an existing weir provides the mill with a head of water. The mill race rejoins the river downstream. About one mile upstream is a packhorse bridge.

Site of Birstwith station, 1976

The local public house is the Station Hotel which acts as a meeting place, and venue for organised charity events such as the Birstwith Coast 2 Coast Cycle Challenge.[1] The village has a store and post office, and a doctor's surgery which is part of a Nidderdale medical group. Sport facilities include a cricket pitch, tennis courts, and a snooker room.

The village had a railway station on the NER line running between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.[2] The goods yard became Birstwith Grange, a housing development for commuters. The railway line continued along the Nidd Valley and was used in the construction of Scar House and Angram reservoirs.

A village primary school and a Reading Room, built and donated by the owner of the local Swarcliffe Hall around 1880, still exist today. In the mid-1970s Swarcliffe Hall was sold and the contents auctioned, the building became a private prep school. Today Birstwith has a Church of England primary school, and a private school which occupies Swarcliffe Hall.

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  1. "Birstwith News", Harrogate Advertiser, 27 May 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2011
  2. Suggitt, Gordon (2007). Lost railways of North and East Yorkshire. Newbury: Countryside Books. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-85306-918-5.