Thornton Steward

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Thornton Steward
Thornton Steward
Thornton Steward is located in North Yorkshire
Thornton Steward
Thornton Steward
Thornton Steward shown within North Yorkshire
Population 199 (2011)
OS grid reference SE178872
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RIPON
Postcode district HG4
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°16′50″N 1°43′39″W / 54.28066°N 1.72753°W / 54.28066; -1.72753Coordinates: 54°16′50″N 1°43′39″W / 54.28066°N 1.72753°W / 54.28066; -1.72753

Thornton Steward is a small village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England, near Wensleydale, with a population of 100-200, measured at 199 in the 2011 Census.[1] The name derives from Old English relating to a hawthorn tree on a farm (or settlement) and Steward. The village was formerly owned by Wymar, who was the steward of the Earls of Richmond.[2] The village is very similar to the others that dot Wensleydale, but Thornton Steward has a reservoir owned by Yorkshire Water.[3]

The village includes the ancient St Oswald's Church, which is reputedly the oldest church in Wensleydale[4] with some parts being dated back to the year 680.[5] The church was subject to Channel 4's show Time Team, where they found remains of a communion of monks. The village was also featured in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "If Wishes Were Horses".

The hill, East Witton fell, is visible from Thornton Steward and on the western side Jervaulx Abbey is visible.

The school house was founded in 1815 by George Horn, with a budget of '£10 per annum',[6] but was closed during the 20th century. It is situated in between the towns of Leyburn and Bedale, and is near to several tourist attractions such as Thorp Perrow Arboretum and the Green Howards regimental exhibition.[7]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Watts, Victor (2010). The Cambridge dictionary of English place-names : based on the collections of the English Place-Name Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 610–611. ISBN 9780521168557. 
  3. ^ Farmery, Ian; Hayton, Mark. "Thornton Steward WTW" (PDF). p. 1. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "St Oswald's Church". A church near you. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Jervaulx Abbey to Thornton Steward" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Steward The ancient parish of Thornton Steward: historical and genealogical information at GENUKI.
  7. ^ "98" (Map). Northallerton & Ripon. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319261972. 

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