Scorton, North Yorkshire


Scorton, North Yorkshire

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name = Scorton
latitude= 54.3969
longitude= -1.6110
static_

static_image_caption= Scorton Village Green
population = 1000
shire_district= Richmondshire
region= Yorkshire and the Humber
shire_county = North Yorkshire
constituency_westminster= Richmond
post_town= RICHMOND
postcode_district = DL10
postcode_area= DL
dial_code= 01748
os_grid_reference= NZ252002

Scorton is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. Scorton was first mentioned in the 1173 version of the Doomsday book.

History

Scorton was home to the now closed Scorton Grammar School from 1720–1991. Most of the buildings and grounds have now been converted into houses. Scorton has a raised village green, one of only three in England. It is said that the green was built in the early 18th century by John Noble, the first headmaster of Scorton Grammar School.

Between 1939 and 1945, The village was home to RAF Scorton, which served as a satellite of RAF Catterick. The famous No. 56 Squadron RAF flew Spitfires from Scorton during World War II. The Aerodrome has now been extensively quarried away.

Scorton was once served by the Eryholme-Richmond branch line but the line was closed in 1969, the station building is now a house and much of the line between Scorton railway station and Catterick Bridge has been destroyed by quarrying.

Events and attractions

Scorton is perhaps best known for the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow which is an archery contest which was founded and sometimes occurs there. The village is also known for the annual Scorton Feast which celebrated its 750th anniversary in 2006.

Local attractions include Kiplin Hall, Ellerton Water, Croft Circuit (cars), Catterick Bridge Racecourse (horses) and Richmond Castle.

Amenities

The village was once home to four pubs. The 'Royal' and 'St Cuthbert's Inn' have closed and converted into houses. The 'White Heifer' and the 'Farmers Arms' survive. Other village amenities include St John of God Hospital, Bolton-on-Swale St Mary's Church of England (VA) Primary School (in Bolton-on-Swale) and Scorton village hall. Scorton post office/village shop attracts customers from many neighbouring villages, including Kirkby Fleetham and Great Langton.

External links

* [http://www.scorton.com/Welcome.htm Scorton.com]
* [http://www.bolton-on-swale.n-yorks.sch.uk Bolton-on-Swale St Mary's C of E (VA) Primary School]


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