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Thornton In Craven

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"THORNTON IN CRAVEN, a parish-town, in the east-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 6 miles SW. of Skipton, Gargrave, Gisburn, and Colne, (Lanc.) 12 from Burnley, (ditto) 13 from Keighley and Settle, 47 from York. Pop. 1,829. The Church, which is at some distance from the village, is a rectory, dedicated to St. Mary, (Whitaker's Craven says to St. Oswald, or All Saints,) in the deanry of Craven, value, £19. 5s. 2½d. Patron, Sir John Lister Kaye, Bart. Fortnight Fairs, are on the Mondays before Skipton." (There is further information for Thornton In Craven).


"EARBY, in the township and parish of Thornton in Craven, east-division of Staincliffe; 5 miles N. of Colne, (Lanc.) 7 from Skipton, 11 from Burnley, (Lanc.)

Here is a School endowed in 1594, by Robert Windle, Esq. with £20. per annum, free for reading, for boys within the township and parish of Thornton."


"FENCE END, (the seat of the Rev. William Atkinson Wasney) in the township and parish of Thornton in Craven; 5¼ miles from Skipton."


"HAGUE, (High and Low) scattered houses in the township of Kelbrook, and parish of Thornton in Craven, liberty of Staincliffe; 3 miles from Colne, (Lanc.) 9½ from Skipton."


"HARDEN, scattered houses in the township and parish of Thornton in Craven; 4 miles from Colne, (Lanc.) 9½ from Skipton."


"HAWSHAW, a hamlet in the township of Kelbrook, and parish of Thornton in Craven, east-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 4½ miles N. of Colne, (Lanc.) 9 from Skipton."


"KELBROOK, in the township and parish of Thornton in Craven, east-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 4 miles N. of Colne, (Lanc.) 9 from Skipton, 10 from Burnley, (Lanc.)"


"STONE TROUGH, a hamlet in the township of Kelbrook, and parish of Thornton in Craven, liberty of Staincliffe; 2½ miles from Colne. (Lanc.)"

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]

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Churches

Church History

  • The Methodist Church in Earby:
    • A Wesleyan Methodist Chapel was built in Stoney Bank Road, Earby in 1821. It closed c1861 when the foundation stone was laid for a new chapel on Riley Street. In 1957 this building closed and the congregation moved to the school premises. The photograph of the Church (St. Peter's) on this page was taken in 2001.
  • The United Methodist Free Chapel, George Street, Earby:
    • Built in 1903. In 1969 it amalgamated with the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Riley Street, to form the Church of St.Peter (Methodist), Riley Street. The George St building was demolished after a fire c1988.
  • The Bethel United Methodist Chapel, Waterloo Road, Kelbrook
    • In 1826 the first chapel was built on Waterloo Road. Rebuilt 1890 on Colne Road until 1983 when it amalgamated with St Peter's Methodist Church, Earby. The chapel building was demolished in the 1990s.
  • The Salvation Army, Earby:
    • Had premises on site of current telephone exchange

    The above information was kindly supplied by Mike Berrell in 2013

  • A transcription of Earby In Craven Baptist Church History
  • Transcript of the entry for Thornton in Craven in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".
  • Transcript of the entry for Thornton in Craven in the "Collections relative to Churches and Chapels".

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Names, Geographical

  • The following places are within the boundaries of this (ancient) parish, but I have no further information on them other than the Ordnance Survey Landranger Grid reference shown:
    • (SD913478) Booth Bridge

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