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Dalton-on-Tees shown within North Yorkshire
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Dalton-on-Tees is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England, near the boundary with Durham. According to the 2001 Census there were 239 people living in the parish in 90 houses. It is situated on the A167 road between Darlington and Northallerton, which by-passes it, and is 1½ miles south of the village of Croft-on-Tees and one mile north-east of the motor racing circuit Croft Circuit. There are signs at both the north and south entrances to the village indicating that the village is 11¼ miles from Northallerton and 4¾ miles from Darlington even though they are a quarter of a mile apart. The village overlooks, to the east, a meander of the River Tees.
The village has a pub, the Chequers Inn, overlooking the village green and a small village hall separated by the bypass just along West Lane. The village green is the site of the village water pump which stands (now defunct) under a sprawling Chestnut tree. There are a number of signed streets in the village, namely, Ruskin Close, Byron Court, Garth Terrace, Orchard Close, and West Lane, and a number of unsigned roads and lanes, including The Green and the Old Road. The village itself currently has some 88 properties within its immediate vicinity, and infill may expand this further in coming years.
The village has a series of moats, which have been identified as a fishpond complex.
Dalton on Tees, at one time described as a township, which lies in the Parish of Croft, was referenced in various publications in the early 1820s, appears in the 1861 census, and, around 1881, consisted of some 40 dwellings and with a population of 187. At this time, the area was considered to be 1,625 ac of land and 11 ac of water with a rateable value of £5,739. Until around 1900, it was described as being part of the wapentake of Gilling East in the Richmond area of the North Riding of Yorkshire. It is near to the Dalton junction/Eryholme railway station of the former Richmond branch line of the North Eastern Railway between York and Newcastle.
At the southern end of the village is a memorial to the pilots, air and ground crew of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) 434 "Bluenose" and 431 "Iroquois" Squadrons who, during World War II, were based at the nearby RAF Croft air base (now the site of the Croft Circuit as described above).
Some years ago, a Romano-British villa complex was unearthed and explored in the fields near Chapel House Farm to the rear of the village.
- Brown, J. "Romano-British Villa Complex at Chapel House Farm, Dalton on Tees, North Yorkshire", Volume 16 of the Roman Antiquities Section Bulletin of the Yorkshire Archeological Society, 1999
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