Litton, North Yorkshire

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Litton is located in North Yorkshire
Litton shown within North Yorkshire
Population 70 
OS grid reference SD905741
Civil parish
  • Litton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKIPTON
Postcode district BD23
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°09′47″N 2°08′47″W / 54.163020°N 2.146380°W / 54.163020; -2.146380Coordinates: 54°09′47″N 2°08′47″W / 54.163020°N 2.146380°W / 54.163020; -2.146380

Litton is a village and civil parish in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales in England. It lies in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) up Littondale from Arncliffe. From Litton a footpath leads 3 miles (4.8 km) over the fells to the north east to Buckden in Wharfedale. The population of the civil parish was estimated at 70 in 2015.[1]

The centre of the village is an old public house, the Queens Arms, that dates back to the 17th century. Associated with the Queens Arms since 2003 is the Litton Brewery that brews Litton Ale.

Litton was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 (as Litone). The name probably comes from the Old English hlið "hillside" and tūn "farmstead".[2]

Litton was historically a township in the ancient parish of Arncliffe, part of Staincliffe Wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[3] Litton became a separate civil parish in 1866.[4] The parish was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire in 1974.

Houses near the river at Litton


  1. ^ "Population Estimates". North Yorkshire County Council. 2015. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2017.  In the 2011 Census the population was not measured separately but included with the population of the civil parish of Halton Gill."Civil Parish 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Smith, A.H. (1961). The Place-names of the West Riding of Yorkshire. 6. Cambridge University Press. p. 125. 
  3. ^ "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales". 1870. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Vision of Britain website

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