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Not to be confused with Raintown (disambiguation).
Rainton is located in North Yorkshire
 Rainton shown within North Yorkshire
Population 447 (2011)[1]
Civil parish Rainton with Newby
District Harrogate
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THIRSK
Postcode district YO7
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places

Coordinates: 54°10′16″N 1°26′04″W / 54.17098°N 1.43453°W / 54.17098; -1.43453

Rainton is a village in the Harrogate borough of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated about 6 miles north of Boroughbridge, 5 miles north-east of Ripon and 5 miles south-west of Thirsk. It is a picturesque village with a village green and a maypole. There are approximately 120 houses in Rainton including six listed buildings- several period farm houses, a smithy and a dovecote. The local vernacular building style is sandstone and cobble construction with slate or pantile roof. It is a tranquil North Yorkshire village where life revolves around the many activities at the village hall and the two village pubs.

Rainton was a largely agricultural village but since 2000 it has become a more fashionable commuter village, largely due to its close proximity to the A1 road. This in turn has led to a steep increase in property prices which is evidenced by the large number of barn conversions and property renovations. Despite becoming more commuter orientated, Rainton has a strong community spirit, holding Christmas parties for local children, lunches for the retired folk, and a host of other social events including a gardening club.


The village school is based at Baldersby St James and Queen Mary's School is situated just outside the village on the road to Topcliffe.

There are two feehold pubs in the village: The Lamb and The Bay Horse which are all traditional village pubs. Both pubs serve a selection of real ales and serve typical home-made pub fayre. The Bay Horse is known for its Wednesday night Steak or Pie and the Lamb is popular for its 'Feast for a Fiver".

A recreation field, including a children's park, opened in 2000 after much fundraising in the village. The children's park is a hidden gem and has been recently successful in obtaining further funds to provide new equipment for older children. The cricket club has two teams which have a superb new pavilion, built largely by the hands-on cricket team and villagers themselves.

There is a Methodist chapel in Rainton and north of Rainton is a village named Baldersby St James where there is a church with a 'landmark' steeple.


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 August 2015. 

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