Gargrave - The Old Swan Inn
Gargrave shown within North Yorkshire
|Population||1,755 (Including Bank Newton. 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Skipton and Ripon|
Gargrave is a large village and civil parish in the Craven district located along the A65, 4 miles (6 km) north-west of Skipton in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the very edge of the Yorkshire Dales. The River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal pass through the village. It has a population of 1,764, reducing slightly to 1,755 at the 2011 Census.
At Kirk Sink in the second century the Romans built a villa in flat meadowland near the River Aire. It was excavated in 1968-1974 by Brian Hartley. Its central room had a seven metre square mosaic floor and a bath house was built alongside. The villa was surrounded by two ditches.
Gargrave House was built in 1917 by the distinguished Scottish architect, James Dunn.
Gargrave is in the Gargrave and Malhamdale ward of the non-unitary authority, Craven District Council, and is also served by the North Yorkshire County Council for local services. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was measured at 3,037. For parliamentary elections Gargrave is in the Skipton and Ripon constituency.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes through the village and the main road is the A65 Leeds to Kendal road. There has been a long-running campaign to have a by-pass built around the village. Gargrave railway station is served by rail services to Skipton and Leeds to the east and Morecambe and Carlisle to the west. Gargrave has bus links to Skipton, Settle, Malham, Barnoldswick and Preston.
Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Iain Macleod is buried in the south-east corner of the churchyard.
Being on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and having the Pennine Way National Trail going through the village, Gargrave is a popular destination for hikers and cyclists. Gargrave has a village hall hosting art exhibitions, tea dances, snooker, lectures, indoor bowls and pantomimes.
The cricket club has first and second team playing in the Craven and District Cricket League.
There is also a snooker club and a bowling club in the village as well as the Craven Lawn Tennis Club being sited there.
Since the turn of the century there is a golf society run from the Masons Arms public house in the village.
- St Robert of Newminster (c.1100–1159), priest and abbot, was born in Gargrave.
- Adam Osgodby (died 1316), English lawyer and parson of Gargrave.
- Robert Shute (died April 1590), English judge and politician, was born in Gargrave.
- Robert Story (1795–1860), known as "the Craven Poet", lived in Gargrave.
- The Rt Hon Iain Macleod (1913–1970), British politician and government minister, is buried in Gargrave churchyard.
- The Rt Rev'd Ian Harland (1932-2008), former Bishop of Lancaster and Carlisle, retired to Gargrave in 2000.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Craven Retrieved 18 September 2009
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- Historic England, "Roman villa at Kirk Sink (1012616)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 28 July 2015
- "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 26 July 2015.
- "The Church Building". St Andrew's Church Gargrave. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
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