Thornborough, North Yorkshire

Coordinates: 54°12′54″N 1°32′50″W / 54.21489°N 1.5472°W / 54.21489; -1.5472
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Thornborough is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE296799
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Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBedale
Postcode districtDL8
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54°12′54″N 1°32′50″W / 54.21489°N 1.5472°W / 54.21489; -1.5472

Thornborough is a village in Hambleton District of North Yorkshire, England. It is about 7 miles (11 km) south of Bedale and 3 miles (5 km) west of the A1(M) motorway. Thornborough is in the West Tanfield parish.[1] The Thornborough Henges ancient monuments are situated south and west of the village.[2] The village lies just to the south of the B6267 road, which connects the A6055 in the east, with the A6108 road at Masham.[3] The village is served by two buses a day in each direction between Ripon and Masham.[4] When the Masham Branch of the North Eastern Railway was open, Tanfield station would have been the nearest railway station to Thornborough. Now the nearest railway station is at Thirsk.[5][6]

The village is not mentioned in the Domesday Book, and the first recorded use of Thornborough was in 1198 as Thornbergh, meaning Thorn Hill. The second part of the name Beorg, derives from Old Norse and is found in other place names such as Barby, Barrowby and Borrowby. It is thought that this led to the Old English Beorg, which means Barrow.[7] The village was previously in the Wapentakes of Hang East and Hallikeld.[8] Today, as part of the parish of West Tanfield, its population is recorded with that parish returns for the 2011 census.[9]

A small cidermaking venture (Thornborough Cider) is based in the village which uses apples only from Yorkshire. The cider has been in production since 2010, and in 2016, the company planted their own 5-acre (2 ha) orchard in the village. Thornborough Cider have won many awards for the quality of their product.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ "Thornborough, Hambleton". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Tanfield Parish Plan 2008" (PDF). Hambleton District Council. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  3. ^ "299" (Map). Ripon & Boroughbridge. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 978-0-319-24551-4.
  4. ^ "159 - Ripon - Richmond – Dales and District –". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Thornborough Village H & R Bus Stop (NE-bound) Location on a map of Thornborough". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Explore georeferenced maps - Map images - National Library of Scotland". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  7. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 38, 467. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  8. ^ "Genuki: West Tanfield, Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  9. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – West Tanfield Parish (E04007294)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Thornborough Cider wins national Breakthrough Cider Maker Awards". Harrogate Informer. 30 April 2021. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  11. ^ "North Yorkshire cidermaker steps up production due to demand". Darlington and Stockton Times. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Yorkshire's unknown orchards: The popular ciders you may not know hail from the white rose county". The Yorkshire Post. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2021.

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