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East Witton shown within North Yorkshire
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|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
East Witton is a village and civil parish in Wensleydale in North Yorkshire, England. It lies south of Leyburn, in the Richmondshire district. Richard Whiteley is buried there; he and his partner, Kathryn Apanowicz, lived in the village. (There is also a West Witton higher up Wensleydale.) The village lies at the edge of Jervaulx Abbey park and with Coverdale to the immediate west.
The, village which is cataloged in the Doomsday Book, was originally sited along what is now Lowthorpe (which leads to the old church (St Martin in the Field) acquired a town charter (and is shown on OS maps as East Witton Town) in 1307, and a market. During the Black Death, the market was moved to Ulshaw Bridge and died out shortly thereafter. The market was never reinstated. The Earl of Ailesbury, owner of the Jervaux estate, rebuilt most of East Witton in the early 19th century, the houses and gardens in the same places as they were in 1627 according to an old estate map. In 1809 a church was built by the road on the new site on the east of the village; it replaced the old church of St Martin, the site of which is now covered in trees and contains the tomb stone of con-joined twins.
The village green is complete with three village taps, with mains water being installed in most houses in the late 1950s from the new Sowden Beck pumping station.
East Witton is featured in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "The Prodigal Returns", as the home of the two Mrs Altons.
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