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West Riding
Steeton Church.jpg
Grid reference: SE034444
Location: 53°53’46"N, 1°56’53"W
Population: 4,277  (2001)
Post town: Keighley
Postcode: BD20
Dialling code: 01535
Local Government
Council: Bradford

Steeton is a small village in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is 6 miles away from Skipton and 3 miles from Keighley.

The village has a major hospital (Airedale General Hospital), a butcher shop, a news agency, 3 hair dressing saloons, a fruit shop, a Chinese takeaway, a transport cafe, two parks, three pubs, a bowling green, a war memorial, two village greens, a football pitch, a cricket pitch, a graveyard, a primary school.

There are two churches; one Church of England and the other Methodist.


In 1752-3 the Keighley and Kendal Turnpike followed Hollins Bank Road with the Toll Bar situated at the bottom of Steeton Bank. An Inn named “The Pack Horse” was located nearby.

The first toll gate on the turnpike was set up in 1753 at "Steeton Cross" at the foot of the hill. When the new road under Hawkcliffe was made, the bar was removed to what is now called "Old Bar-house" to intercept the traffic by Old Bar-house Lane as well as that by the new road.[1]

Nos. 14 –20 High Street, during the second half of the 18th century, used to be an inn called The Star, but its licence and name were moved to a new building at the road junction on the main turnpike road to the north, the present A629.

Nos. 44 and 46 Upper School Street, built in the Queen Anne period, during 1770s became "The Goat’s Head" on the original route of the Keighley to Kendal turnpike down. Following it realignment the inn name and license was moved to its present building opposite the Station Road junction. The second location, with quoined angles, gable stacks and integral canted bay windows, was probably built as a farmhouse in the mid-18th century.

Outside links

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  1. Brigg, John J (1927). The King’s Highway in Craven, with sketch maps.