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Gargrave - The Old Swan Inn
Gargrave is located in North Yorkshire
 Gargrave shown within North Yorkshire
Population 1,755 (Including Bank Newton. 2011)
OS grid reference SD931541
Civil parish Gargrave
District Craven
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKIPTON
Postcode district BD23
Dialling code 01756
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Skipton and Ripon
List of places

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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,[1] reducing slightly to 1,755 at the 2011 Census.[2]


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.[3]

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.[4] 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.


Gargrave Church

The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew was built in 1852 but has much earlier origins. Robert of Newminster who was born in the parish in about 1100 was an early rector.[5]

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Iain Macleod is buried in the south-east corner of the churchyard.


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Stepping Stones at Gargrave

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.


Gargrave's football club currently has an A and a B team playing in the Premier Division and Division 1 of the Craven League.

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.

Notable people


  1. Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Craven Retrieved 18 September 2009
  2. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Historic England, "Roman villa at Kirk Sink (1012616)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 28 July 2015<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 26 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "The Church Building". St Andrew's Church Gargrave. Retrieved 28 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

A view of the village of Gargrave