Thornton Steward

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Thornton Steward
North Riding
Thornton Steward
Grid reference: SE178872
Location: 54°16’50"N, 1°43’39"W
Population: 199  (2011)
Post town: Ripon
Postcode: HG4
Local Government
Council: Richmondshire

Thornton Steward is a small village in the ancient Liberty of Richmondshire in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is near Wensleydale, and has a population which was measured at 199 in the 2011 Census.

The name derives from Old English þorn tun, for 'thorn farm (or settlement)' and 'Steward' as the village was formerly owned by Wymar, who was the steward of the Earls of Richmond.[1] The village is very similar to the others that dot Wensleydale, but Thornton Steward has a reservoir owned by Yorkshire Water.[2]

The village church, St Oswald's Church, is reputedly the oldest church in Wensleydale[3] with some parts being dated back to the year 680.[4] The church was subject to Channel 4's show Time Team, where they found remains of a communion of monks.

The village was also featured in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "If Wishes Were Horses".

A hill, East Witton Fell, is visible from Thornton Steward and on the western side Jervaulx Abbey is visible.

The school house was founded in 1815 by George Horn, with a budget of '£10 per annum',[5] but was closed during the 20th century. It is situated in between the towns of Leyburn and Bedale, and is near to several tourist attractions such as Thorp Perrow Arboretum and the Green Howards regimental exhibition.

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  1. Watts, Victor (2010). The Cambridge dictionary of English place-names : based on the collections of the English Place-Name Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 610–611. ISBN 9780521168557. 
  2. Farmery, Ian; Hayton, Mark. "Thornton Steward WTW" (PDF). p. 1. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  3. "St Oswald's Church". A church near you. 
  4. "Jervaulx Abbey to Thornton Steward" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  5. Information on Thornton Steward  from GENUKI