Lofthouse, Nidderdale

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Not to be confused with Lofthouse, Leeds
West Riding
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Crown Hotel in Lofthouse in 2004
Grid reference: SE102735
Location: 54°9’27"N, 1°50’35"W
Population: 197  (2011)
Post town: Harrogate
Postcode: HG3
Dialling code: 01423
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire

Lofthouse is a small village in Nidderdale in the West Riding of Yorkshire, a mile south of Middlesmoor. It is the principal settlement in a parish known as 'Fountains Earth'.

Lofthouse has a primary school, memorial village hall and public house, the Crown Hotel. The post office in the village closed in August 2014, and was replaced by a post office in the café at nearby How Stean Gorge, also now closed.

The name of the village is from the Old Norse lopt hús, meaning "houses with lofts".[1]

The Nidderdale Caves lie just north of the village. The River Nidd runs underground through the caves and emerges at Nidd Heads, just south of the village. The normally dry surface bed of the river passes the village to the west.

Between 1907 and 1929 Lofthouse had a railway station, the public passenger terminus of the Nidd Valley Light Railway. The station was named Lofthouse-in-Nidderdale railway station to avoid confusion with Lofthouse and Outwood railway station, also in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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  1. Albert Hugh Smith (1961). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. 5. Cambridge University Press. p. 203.