Traditional thatched cottage in Thornton-le-Dale
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Thornton-le-Dale (also called Thornton Dale) is a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, about three miles east of Pickering on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.
A thatched cottage in the village has appeared on countless calendars and chocolate boxes over the years. The village is often regarded as one of the prettiest in Yorkshire 
Richard Rolle, the English mystic, was probably born in Thornton in the Dale. In the Middle Ages, Roxby, just west of the village, was a separate manor, which fell into the hands of the Cholmeley family in 1499. Sir Hugh Cholmeley, 1st Baronet, was born at Roxby Castle, then known as Thorton-on-the-Hill. The remains on Roxby Hill are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
For county council purposes the parish is in the Thornton Dale and the Wolds electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council.
The Thornton le Dale Show, a traditional rural show, takes place in August.
On the first Saturday in December, the Village Lights Committee (all volunteers) stage the annual Christmas lights 'Switch On'. This is the culmination of a whole year's work of raising money and putting up the lights around the village.
In November each year, the Thornton le Dale players put on a play in the village hall. This normally runs for three nights and is always well attended and enjoyed by many villagers and visitors from the surrounding area.
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- Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1021270)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics – Area: Thornton Dale (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
- "Map". North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
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