Burton in Lonsdale

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Burton in Lonsdale
Burton in Lonsdale.jpg
Looking south to Burton in Lonsdale
Burton in Lonsdale is located in North Yorkshire
Burton in Lonsdale
Burton in Lonsdale
Burton in Lonsdale shown within North Yorkshire
Population579 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSD651722
Civil parish
  • Burton in Lonsdale
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA6
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°08′41″N 2°32′05″W / 54.14478°N 2.53464°W / 54.14478; -2.53464Coordinates: 54°08′41″N 2°32′05″W / 54.14478°N 2.53464°W / 54.14478; -2.53464

Burton in Lonsdale is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England, close to the border with Lancashire. It is in Lonsdale (the River Lune valley and its tributaries). According to the 2001 census it had a population of 621 decreasing to 579 at the 2011 Census.[1] The parish is approximately 1,500 acres (6 km²) in area and has many farms – dairy, beef and sheep. Little is grown, except grass to feed the animals.

Formerly famous for country pottery, it is now a quiet village situated between two national parks (the Lake District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park) and by the side of the River Greta.


The village contains a motte that is the remains of Burton in Lonsdale Castle.

Stoneware and earthenware pottery was produced between about 1650 and 1944, in a total of thirteen potteries, using locally available clay and coal. It is said Burton was known as 'Black Burton' because of the amount of smoke produced by the kilns' fires when firing pots. The firing was carried out over several days at a time, on a regular basis. No doubt the quality of the coal (initially locally sourced) was to blame for the amount of smoke. Burton pottery is notoriously difficult to identify; only one producer, Kilburn, marked his products. However, it has a distinctive rustic 'feel' about it, and can be found at auctions, although one has to be careful and not assume a piece is automatically Burton Pottery.

Modern village[edit]

The village has a community run shop (containing a small post-office) where local goods such as meats, cheeses and vegetables are available. In December 2007 the shop won "Best shop / PO" in the North West Best Rural Retailers award.[2]

In August 2014 the village founded a road cycling club called Lonsdale Wheelers CC.[3] The club meets on the first and third Sundays of every month with a 10.00 start from the village shop.

The Village Hall hosts a number of regular clubs and events, details on the Village Hall page.[4] Events include circuit training, a monthly music night, a WI group and karate.

Also for the 2014–15 season a football club, Burton United F.C, was formed and admitted into the North Lancashire and District Football League. The club however folded at the end of the 2015-16 season. The club played their home games at Burton recreation ground.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Burton in Lonsdale Parish (1170216732)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ Rural retailer winners page citing Burton-in-Lonsdale as a winner[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ British Cycling Page for Lonsdale Wheelers CC
  4. ^ Village Hall Events page Archived 22 August 2015 at the Wayback Machine

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