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Langthwaite is one of the few villages in Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire, England. It is probably classed as the main settlement in the dale. It is one of the most northerly settlements in the whole of Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is home to a pub ('The Red Lion'), a shop and an unusual commissioners' church of 1817, which was one of many then built with money provided by Parliament in an attempt to counteract atheism and free thinking after the French Revolution. Langthwaite is also home to a hexagonal powder house, built in 1807 to store gunpowder used in the many mines dotted around the area.
The 1851 census counted 48 houses in Langthwaite.
The village was used for the filming of several scenes in the television series All Creatures Great and Small. The Red Lion was featured in the episode "Every Dog Has His Day" but was made out to be in fictional Briston, while the frontage of the fictional J. R. Stubbs provisions store and the bridge which Siegfried Farnon and James Herriot drive over, featured in the opening credits of the later series, are also in the village. Another TV series, Century Falls, also featured Langthwaite. The 1975 Disney picture "Escape from the Dark" was partly filmed in Langthwaite and around Arkengarthdale.
The name of the village is Old Norse in origin and means 'the long meadow'.
- Batty, Margaret (1982) A View of Akengarthdale. Teesdale Mercury Press. pp 14.
- "Bridge & Shop, Langthwaite, N Yorks, UK – All Creatures Great & Small (1989)" - Waymarking.com
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