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Birstwith is located in North Yorkshire
 Birstwith shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE239595
Civil parish Birstwith
District Harrogate
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HG3
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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Coordinates: 54°01′53″N 1°38′12″W / 54.03127°N 1.63654°W / 54.03127; -1.63654

Birstwith is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is part of the Nidderdale, and is situated on the River Nidd. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 756.

There is a large Mill/Rusk[clarification needed] production plant in Birstwith run by the food manufacturing company Kerry Ingredients. There is still a mill race and sluice gates for the mill although it no longer turns a water wheel. Water came from the River Nidd which flows though the village. The mill race rejoins the river some way downstream. To provide a head of water for the mill there is a weir. About 1 mile (1.6 km) upstream is a packhorse bridge.

The local pub is the Station Hotel which acts as a meeting place, and venue for organised charity events such as the Birstwith Coast 2 Coast Cycle Challenge.[1]

A mill race on the Nidd at Birstwith

The village had a railway station on the line running between Harrogate and Pateley Bridge. This was closed by Beeching in the 1960s. The goods yard became Birstwith Grange, one of the early housing developments for commuters as car travel became more popular. The railway line continued up the Nidd Valley and was used in the construction of the Scar House and Angram Scar reservoirs.

The village used to have a village school (up to age 11) and a Reading Room, both built and donated by the owner of the local Swarcliffe Hall in about 1880. In the mid-1970s Swarcliffe Hall was sold and the contents auctioned, the building becoming a private prep school. There is a waste water treatment works at the end of Birstwith Grange. Today Birstwith is served by a Church of England Primary School and a private school, Belmont Grosvenor, occupies Swarcliffe Hall.

Birstwith is a reasonably well serviced village and today it is home to an award winning village store and post office. There is an excellent medical group who have a presence in the village close to where the butcher used to have his shop (this is now closed). There is an excellent cricket pitch, tennis courts and also a snooker room.

Site of Birstwith station, 1976

It is understood[by whom?] that there used to be coal mining in the area near the river towards Hampsthwaite, but this is not certain to be true.[according to whom?]


  1. ^ "Birstwith News", Harrogate Advertiser, 27 May 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2011

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