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THORNTON IN CRAVEN: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1835.

"THORNTON IN CRAVEN, a parish in the eastern division of the wapentake of STAINCLIFFE-and-EWCROSS, West riding of the county of YORK, 5 miles W.S.W. from Skipton, containing 1829 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £19. 5. 2., and in the patronage of Sir J. L. Kaye, Bart. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. Here was formerly a market on Thursday, granted to Walter de Muncey, in the 28th of Edward I., with a fair for five days, commencing on the eve of the festival of St. Thomas the Martyr. At a short distance from the village is a huge rocky cliff, called Thornton Scar, partly clothed with wood, and rising to the height of three hundred feet. Thornton Force is a beautiful cataract rushing from an aperture in a precipitous rock, and having a fall of ninety feet in one sheet of water sixteen feet wide."

[Transcribed by Mel Lockie © from
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1835]