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Thornton-le-Beans is located in North Yorkshire
Thornton-le-Beans shown within North Yorkshire
Population 255 (including Crosby. 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE397904
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL6
Dialling code 01609
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°18′30″N 1°23′26″W / 54.30841°N 1.39047°W / 54.30841; -1.39047Coordinates: 54°18′30″N 1°23′26″W / 54.30841°N 1.39047°W / 54.30841; -1.39047

Thornton-le-Beans is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It is on the A168 road and 3 miles south of Northallerton.

Village street, Thornton-le-Beans

It is in the Thorntons electoral ward for district elections and the District Councillor is Bob Baker. The population of this electoral ward taken at the 2011 Census was 1,852.[2] The village is currently in the Vale of York Parliamentary Constituency and the MP is Ann McIntosh.

The village has one pub called The Crosby behind which there is a campsite. In 2007 the Pub won best Pub Grub in the Flavours of Hambleton Awards. There is a Methodist Chapel at the east end of the village and a Chapel of Ease at the west end. The Graveyard looks over the Vale of York. The Author Bill Bryson famously stated in his book Notes From a Small Island that he wants to be buried in Thornton-le-Beans.


The town's odd name is derived from the common place name 'Thornton', meaning a farm with thorn bushes. This farm had beans grown upon it.[3] In 1534 it was called Thornton-in-Fabis, the Latin for Thornton-le-Beans.[4]

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Thorntons ward population 2011". Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  3. ^ Yorkshire Place Names
  4. ^ Northern Echo