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Langthwaite is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceNZ004024
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54°25′05″N 1°59′43″W / 54.41792°N 1.99533°W / 54.41792; -1.99533Coordinates: 54°25′05″N 1°59′43″W / 54.41792°N 1.99533°W / 54.41792; -1.99533

Langthwaite is one of the few villages in Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire, England. It is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) north of Reeth and sits 870 feet (270 m) above sea level.[1][2] It is the main settlement in the dale and is one of the most northerly settlements in the whole of Yorkshire Dales National Park.[3] Langthwaite is one of two places in the dale that have houses clustered together closely in a traditional village set up; the rest of the settlements in the dale are populated by scattered buildings.[4]

It is home to a pub ('The Red Lion'),[5] a shop and an unusual commissioners' church of 1818,[6] 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.[7] Langthwaite is also home to a hexagonal powder house, built in 1807 to store gunpowder used in the many mines dotted around the area.[8]

The 1851 census counted 48 houses in Langthwaite.[9]

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.[10] Another TV series, Century Falls, also featured Langthwaite. The 1976 Disney film Escape from the Dark was partly filmed in Langthwaite and around Arkengarthdale.[11]

The name of the village is Old Norse in origin and means 'the long meadow' or 'the long clearing'.[12]


  1. ^ "Genuki: In 1822, the following places were in the Parish of Arkengarthdale:, Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. ^ Speight, Harry (1897). Romantic Richmondshire. London: E Stock. p. 21. OCLC 252008733.
  3. ^ Gilmour, Alistair (18 December 2004). "Booze, fine ales and a sheep flipped on its back". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Swaledale and Arkengarthdale" (PDF). p. 12. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Pub review: The Red Lion, Langthwaite, Richmond". The Yorkshire Post. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary the Virgin  (Grade II) (1318615)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  7. ^ Port, M H (2006). 600 hundred new churches : the Church Building Commission, 1818-1856 (2 ed.). Reading: Spire Books Ltd. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-904965-08-4.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Old Powder Magazine  (Grade II*) (1130838)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  9. ^ Batty, Margaret (1982). A View of Akengarthdale. Teesdale Mercury Press. p. 14. OCLC 866235870.
  10. ^ "Bridge & Shop, Langthwaite, N Yorks, UK – All Creatures Great & Small (1989)" -
  11. ^ Gilmour, Alistair (13 April 1999). "It's just Booze walking". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  12. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University press. p. 287. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.

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