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North Riding
Village Street, Thornton le Beans.jpg
Village street, Thornton-le-Beans
Grid reference: SE397904
Location: 54°18’30"N, 1°23’26"W
Population: 255  (2011, with including Crosby)
Post town: Northallerton
Postcode: DL6
Dialling code: 01609
Local Government
Council: North Yorkshire
Vale of York

Thornton-le-Beans is a village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on the A168 road three miles south of Northallerton.

The village has one pub called The Crosby behind which there is a campsite. In 2007 the Pub won "Best Pub Grub" in the Flavours of Hambleton Awards.[1] There is a Methodist Chapel at the east end of the village and a Chapel of Ease at the west end. The graveyard looks over the Vale of York. The author Bill Bryson famously stated in his book Notes From a Small Island that he wants to be buried in Thornton-le-Beans, due to the oddness of the name.[2]


The town's odd name is derived from the common place name 'Thornton', meaning a farm with thorn bushes. This farm had beans grown upon it.[3] In 1534 it was called Thornton-in-Fabis, the Latin for Thornton-le-Beans.[4]

See also

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Thornton-le-Beans)


  1. "Toasting the best of local food and drink". Harrogate Advertiser. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  2. Bryson, Bill (2009). The complete notes ; Notes from a small island. (3 ed.). London: Black Swan. p. 135. ISBN 9780552776233. 
  3. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 168 ISBN 0198691033
  4. "57 different varieties of a horse bean". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 23 May 2012.