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Rainton shown within North Yorkshire
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|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
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|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
Rainton is a village in the Harrogate borough of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated about 6 miles north of Boroughbridge, 5 miles north-east of Ripon and 5 miles south-west of Thirsk. It is a picturesque village with a village green and a maypole. There are approximately 120 houses in Rainton including six listed buildings- several period farm houses, a smithy and a dovecote. The local vernacular building style is sandstone and cobble construction with slate or pantile roof. It is a tranquil North Yorkshire village where life revolves around the many activities at the village hall and the two village pubs.
Rainton was a largely agricultural village but since 2000 it has become a more fashionable commuter village, largely due to its close proximity to the A1 road. This in turn has led to a steep increase in property prices which is evidenced by the large number of barn conversions and property renovations. Despite becoming more commuter orientated, Rainton has a strong community spirit, holding Christmas parties for local children, lunches for the retired folk, and a host of other social events including a gardening club.
There are two feehold pubs in the village: The Lamb and The Bay Horse which are all traditional village pubs. Both pubs serve a selection of real ales and serve typical home-made pub fayre. The Bay Horse is known for its Wednesday night Steak or Pie and the Lamb is popular for its 'Feast for a Fiver".
A recreation field, including a children's park, opened in 2000 after much fundraising in the village. The children's park is a hidden gem and has been recently successful in obtaining further funds to provide new equipment for older children. The cricket club has two teams which have a superb new pavilion, built largely by the hands-on cricket team and villagers themselves.
There is a Methodist chapel in Rainton and north of Rainton is a village named Baldersby St James where there is a church with a 'landmark' steeple.
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