Horton, Lancashire

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LancashireCoordinates: 53°56′54″N 2°13′15″W / 53.9484°N 2.2209°W / 53.9484; -2.2209

Horton, historically known as Horton-in-Craven, is a village and a civil parish in the Ribble Valley District, in the English county of Lancashire (historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire). Population details are now included in the civil parish of Newsholme. It is near the town of Barnoldswick. Horton has a place of worship, anciently called a chapelry or chapel of ease. For transport there is the A59 road nearby.

The parish adjoins the Ribble Valley parishes of Gisburn, Paythorne and Newsholme, the Pendle parish of Bracewell and Brogden and the parishes of Hellifield and Martons Both in the Craven district of North Yorkshire.

The name Horton is a common one in England. It derives from Old English horu 'dirt' and tūn 'settlement, farm, estate', presumably meaning 'farm on muddy soil'. This example is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086.[1]

In the west of the parish in the Little Painley area, on high ground near the River Ribble, is the site of a Bronze Age Bowl barrow.[2]

Horton was once a township in the ancient parish of Gisburn, in the Staincliffe Wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire. This became a civil parish in 1866, forming part of the Bowland Rural District from 1894 to 1974.[3] It has since become part of the Lancashire borough of Ribble Valley.

Along with Rimington, Gisburn, Middop, Gisburn Forest, Paythorne and Newsholme, the parish forms the Gisburn, Rimington ward of Ribble Valley Borough Council. [4][5]

The Pennine Bridleway National Trail and Ribble Way pass through the parish. [6][7]

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  1. ^ Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. HORTON.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Little Painley bowl barrow (1009494)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Horton Tn/CP through time". visionofbritain.org.uk. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Gisburn, Rimington". MARIO. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gisburn, Rimington". Ordnance Survey Linked Data Platform. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  6. ^ MKH Computer Services Ltd. "Pennine Bridleway — LDWA Long Distance Paths". Ldwa.org.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  7. ^ MKH Computer Services Ltd. "Ribble Way — LDWA Long Distance Paths". Ldwa.org.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2016.