Steeton, West Yorkshire

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Elmsley street
Steeton is located in West Yorkshire
Location within West Yorkshire
Population4,375 2011 Census[1]
OS grid referenceSE034444
• London180 mi (290 km) SE
Civil parish
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBD20
Dialling code01535
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
53°53′46″N 1°56′53″W / 53.896°N 1.948°W / 53.896; -1.948Coordinates: 53°53′46″N 1°56′53″W / 53.896°N 1.948°W / 53.896; -1.948

Steeton is a small village in the Metropolitan District of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it is situated approximately 5 miles (8 km) south-east from Skipton, 3 miles (5 km) north-west from Keighley and just south of the A629 road. The village is part of Steeton with Eastburn civil parish.


The village is mentioned in the Domesday book along with Eastburn, Grassington, Linton and Threshfield as belonging to Gamelbar.[2]

In 1752–53 the Keighley and Kendal Turnpike[3] followed Hollins Bank Road with the toll bar situated at the bottom of Steeton Bank. An inn named the “Pack Horse” was located nearby.[4]

The first toll gate on the turnpike was set up in 1753 at "Steeton Cross" at the foot of the hill. When the new road past Hawkcliffe Farm was made, the bar was removed to what is now called "Old Bar-house" to intercept the traffic by Old Bar-house Lane as well as that by the new road.[5]

St Stephen’s Church

Numbers 14–20 High Street, during the second half of the 18th century, used to be an inn called the "Star", but its licence and name were moved to a new building at the road junction on the main turnpike road to the north, the present A629.[6]:p.24The pub is now called the "Old Star" as seen on Google Maps Street View and is on the OLD A629, on the corner of that road and Station Road.

Numbers 44 and 46 Upper School Street, built in the Queen Anne period, during the 1770s became the "Goat’s Head" on the original route of the Keighley to Kendal turnpike down. Following its realignment the inn's name and licence was moved to its present building opposite the Station Road junction. The second location, with quoined angles, gable stacks and integral canted bay windows, was probably built as a farmhouse in the mid-18th century.[6]:p.25

A rare two-storey Second World War pillbox in the village was listed by English Heritage for protection status in 2010. the pillbox along with two others on the site, was constructed as a defence for the former Royal Ordnance Factory that operated in the village during the Second World War.[7]


The village is part of the civil parish of Steeton with Eastburn. The parish is part of the Craven ward of the Metropolitan borough of the City of Bradford, part of the Metropolitan county of West Yorkshire.[8]


According to the 2011 census, 4,375 people were resident in the Steeton with Eastburn civil parish.[1]


Airedale General Hospital

The village has a major hospital, (Airedale General Hospital), a Pie Shop, a news agency, three hair dressing saloons, a fruit shop, a Chinese takeaway, a transport cafe, two parks, three public houses, a bowling green, a war memorial, two village greens, a football pitch, a cricket pitch, a graveyard, a primary school, an hotel, a Church of England church and a Methodist church. A Morrisons local store was also opened in the village in May 2014, but this became a My Local store when Morrisons withdrew from the village.[9] Since then the site of the old Morrisons has become a Co-op Food store.


Steeton Primary School is the village primary school,[10] which also has an intake of pupils from the Keighley area. Children in the west of the village may also attend Eastburn Infant & Junior School in the bordering village of Eastburn. For secondary education, most children attend South Craven School in Cross Hills, with grammar school students attending either Ermysted's Grammar School or Skipton Girls' High School, both in Skipton.


Buses from Keighley and district pass through every seven minutes. Steeton and Silsden railway station, which also serves the neighbouring town of Silsden, lies on the outskirts of the village .


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Steeton with Eastburn Parish (1170210962)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  2. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Steeton Domesday Book". Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ "On the Move" (PDF). NCBPT. North Craven Building Preservation Trust. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  4. ^ Gray, Johnny (1891). Through Airedale from Goole to Malham. Leeds. p. 199. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  5. ^ Brigg, John J (1927). The King’s Highway in Craven, with sketch maps.
  6. ^ a b Steeton Conservation Area Assessment Transportation Planning and Design Department, the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Accessed 18 October 2012
  7. ^ "Heritage campaigners save rare World War Two pillbox". Craven Herald. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Craven". 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  9. ^ "My Local opens its doors". Yorkshire Post. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Treasures reveal 100 years of history". Keighley News. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2016.

External links[edit]

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