Thornton-le-Beans shown within North Yorkshire
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|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Vale of York|
It is in the Thorntons electoral ward for district elections and the District Councillor is Bob Baker. The village is currently in the Vale of York Parliamentary Constituency and the MP is Ann McIntosh.
The village has one pub called The Crosby behind which there is a campsite. In 2007 the Pub won best Pub Grub in the Flavours of Hambleton Awards. There is a Methodist Chapel at the east end of the village and a Chapel of Ease at the west end. The Graveyard looks over the Vale of York. The Author Bill Bryson famously stated in his book Notes From a Small Island that he wants to be buried in Thornton-le-Beans.
The town's odd name is derived from the common place name 'Thornton', meaning a farm with thorn bushes. This farm had beans grown upon it. In 1534 it was called Thornton-in-Fabis, the Latin for Thornton-le-Beans. 
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