Great Broughton, Yorkshire

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Great Broughton
North Riding
The Jet Miners - - 973619.jpg
'The Jet Miners' pub, Great Broughton
Grid reference: NZ547063
Location: 54°27’36"N, 1°9’25"W
Population: 990  (2011)
Post town: Middlesbrough
Postcode: TS9
Dialling code: 01642
Local Government
Council: Hambleton

Great Broughton is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, two miles south of Stokesley, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and the Cleveland Hills.

Together with the adjacent village of Little Broughton, Great Broughton forms a civil parish. The two villages are listed (under their Latin names Magna Broctun and Parva Broctun) in the Domesday Book of 1086.[1] The name "Broughton" is a common English place-name, derived from Old English meaning in this case "brook farmstead".[2]

The village is overlooked by the Wainstones, a rocky outcrop popular with climbers,[3] and lies on the Cleveland Way. Broughton Beck flows northward through the village, joining the River Leven, a tributary of the Tees, at Stokesley. The B1257 road, which runs north to Stokesley and south over the moors to Helmsley, is a popular scenic drive,[4] though its popularity with motorcyclists has led to opposition from locals.[5][6]

Great Broughton is to be found a mile east of Kirkby in Cleveland, and was formerly part of the Parish of Kirkby.[7] It is part of the wapentake and liberty of Langbaurgh.[7]

The economy of the village was formerly dependent on agriculture, textiles,[8] and jet mining[1] but now the village relies on tourists visiting the moors and functions as a commuter village for the towns along the Tees. The 2001 put the population of the parish at 950, with the council estimating 940 inhabitants c.2005. By the time of the 2011 Census the population had increased to 990.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "about the parish", Great and Little Broughton Parish Council
  2. Oxford Dictionary of British Placenames, ed. A.D.Mills, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-852758-9
  3. "Wainstones", Climb Online climbing details
  4. "Great drives: The B1257 from Helmsley and back through Whitby", Phil Llewellin, Daily Telegraph, 16 January 2001
  5. "Village bid to halt speeding bikers". The Press, Wednesday 8 October 2003
  6. "BMF warns on action against bikers", British Motorcyclists Federation press release, 7 May 2004
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Broughton, (Great and Little)", entry in History, Directory, and Gazetteer of the County of York (vol 2), Edward Banes, Hurst and Robinson, 1823
  8. Broughton, Great and Little – Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848)