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Skipton, North Yorkshire

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Skipton, North Yorkshire

Skipton (also known as Skipton-in-Craven) is a market town and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is located on the course of the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to the south of the Yorkshire Dales, 16 miles northwest of Bradford and 38 miles west of York. At the United Kingdom Census 2001, Skipton had a population of 14,313.
Post townSKIPTON
Administrative CountyNorth Yorkshire
Traditional CountyYorkshire, West Riding
OS GridSD9851
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Police AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Ambulance AuthorityYorkshire
Dialling code01756

Other names by which Skipton, North Yorkshire has been known in the past

Sceptone ~ Sciptone ~ Skippon ~ Skipton in Craven

Skipton, North Yorkshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Skipton (or Skipton in Craven), market town, par., and township with ry. sta., N. div. West-Riding Yorkshire, near river Aire, 9 miles NW. of Keighley and 26 NW. of Leeds - par., 30,120 ac., pop. 11,760; town and township, 4245 ac., pop. 9091; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Saturday. Skipton is generally regarded as the capital of the Craven district. It has mfrs. of cotton and woollen goods, a brewery, a considerable market for corn and cattle, and a large general trade, which is much facilitated by the important railway position of the town and by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Skipton Castle (11th century), the ancient seat of the Cliffords, is now the residence of Lord Hothfield, their descendant. Among the other features of the town are the old parish church, the grammar school, and the Craven Baths. Limestone is extensively quarried in the neighbourhood. The Vale of Skipton is of great beauty, and contains excellent meadow-land.

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