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Traditional thatched cottage in Thornton-le-Dale
Thornton-le-Dale is located in North Yorkshire
Thornton-le-Dale shown within North Yorkshire
Population 1,759 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE834830
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district YO18
Dialling code 01751
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament
List of places
54°14′12″N 0°43′19″W / 54.23678°N 0.72183°W / 54.23678; -0.72183Coordinates: 54°14′12″N 0°43′19″W / 54.23678°N 0.72183°W / 54.23678; -0.72183

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 [2]

The village lies on the A170 road from Thirsk to Scarborough. The route of The White Rose Way, a long distance walk from Leeds to Scarborough also passes through.

All Saints Church, Thornton-le-Dale
Thornton le Dale Church in 1900


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.[3] Sir Hugh Cholmeley, 1st Baronet, was born at Roxby Castle, then known as Thorton-on-the-Hill.[4] The remains on Roxby Hill are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[5]


The parish is in the Ryedale District electoral ward of Thornton Dale, which extends beyond the boundaries of the Parish with a total population of 3,356.[6]

For county council purposes the parish is in the Thornton Dale and the Wolds electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council.[7]

Annual events[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Prettiest Villages in Yorkshire". Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  3. ^ William Page (editor) (1914). "Parishes: Thornton Dale". Victoria County History. A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 2. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Fry, Alison. Learning from the English Mystics. ISBN 1-85174-395-2. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1021270)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics – Area: Thornton Dale (Ward)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Map". North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Thornton-le-Dale at Wikimedia Commons