Booze, North Yorkshire

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Booze and Slei Gill.JPG
Booze with Fremington Edge in the background
Booze is located in North Yorkshire
Booze shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference NZ015025
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Richmond
Postcode district DL11
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
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54°25′05″N 1°58′41″W / 54.418°N 1.978°W / 54.418; -1.978Coordinates: 54°25′05″N 1°58′41″W / 54.418°N 1.978°W / 54.418; -1.978

Booze is a hamlet in Arkengarthdale, in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It is about 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Langthwaite and Arkle Town. There is a riding school nearby.

The original community depended on hill farming and mining. The hamlet overlooks Slei Gill which contains several lead mining levels. Following the collapse of the lead mining industry in North Yorkshire at the end of the 19th century one of the mines, the Booze Wood Level, continued to be used as a slate mine until the beginning of the First World War. Chert was mined on Fremington Edge, south of Booze, until the beginning of the Second World War.[1]

The 1851 census counted 41 houses in Booze.[2]

A local tragedy occurred during the eighteenth century when a group of miners working underground near Boldershaw blasted into an underground lake. Twenty-four miners and two pit ponies were drowned in the flood that followed. Eighteen of the dead came from Booze. The vein became known as the Water Blast Vein.[3]

In July 2008 Royal Mail announced it was withdrawing postal services from the hamlet on health and safety grounds because access to it involves an "excessively steep" rural track.[4][5] This has left local families to make a one-hour round-trip into Richmond and back to collect their mail.[6] Postal services to the hamlet were restored after North Yorkshire County Council made road improvements.[7][8]


  1. ^ Hardy, John (No date, post 1982) The Hidden Side of Swaledale. The Life and Death of a Yorkshire Lead Mining Community. Frank Peters, Kendal. ISBN 0-948511-40-0. Pages 74, 75.
  2. ^ Batty, Margaret (1982) A View of Akengarthdale. Teesdale Mercury Press. pp 14.
  3. ^ Hardy. Page 42.
  4. ^ Wainwright, Martin (2 August 2008). "'Too steep' hill sees Royal Mail end deliveries to remote hamlet". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  5. ^ "Post workers banned from village". BBC News. BBC. 3 August 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Brown, Jonathan (2 August 2008). "My cruise to Booze up the lane deemed too dangerous for postmen". London: The Independent. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Village to get post service back". BBC News. BBC. 12 August 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Postal service resumes in village". BBC News. BBC. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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