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The Ancient Parish of 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. 2d. 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; 5 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.) 9 from Skipton."


"HARDEN, scattered houses in the township and parish of Thornton in Craven; 4 miles from Colne, (Lanc.) 9 from Skipton."


"HAWSHAW, a hamlet in the township of Kelbrook, and parish of Thornton in Craven, east-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 4 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; 2 miles from Colne. (Lanc.)"

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson 2007]

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