Halton Gill

Halton Gill is a hamlet and civil parish in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England. It is situated 2 miles (3.2 km) up Littondale from Litton. A minor road leads south west to Silverdale and Stainforth in Ribblesdale.[1]

Halton Gill
Halton Gill, North Yorkshire.jpg
Approaching Halton Gill from Pen-y-ghent
Halton Gill is located in North Yorkshire
Halton Gill
Halton Gill
Location within North Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSD880764
Civil parish
  • Halton Gill
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSKIPTON
Postcode districtBD23
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°11′03″N 2°11′04″W / 54.184040°N 2.184450°W / 54.184040; -2.184450Coordinates: 54°11′03″N 2°11′04″W / 54.184040°N 2.184450°W / 54.184040; -2.184450

The name of the hamlet was recorded in 1457 as Haltonghyll. The name derives from a combination of Old English and Old Norse and means the nook of land (or ravine) with a small valley by a farmstead and a stream.[2][3]

The civil parish includes the hamlets of Foxup and Hesleden. The population of the civil parish was estimated at 60 in 2012.[4]

From Halton Gill there is a bridleway over the Horse Head Pass to the north east to Yockenthwaite in Langstrothdale. This path was used by the priest from Hubberholme to reach the small chapel in Halton Gill.[2] To the west paths lead to the summit of Pen-y-ghent via Plover Hill.[5]

The 2010 Sainsbury's Christmas advert with celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, was filmed in Halton Gill.[6] Also filmed in the same year, but not released until 2012, was the film The Woman in Black, which used Halton Gill for filming as the fictional village of Crythin Gifford.[7][8]

Halton Gill was historically a township in the ancient parish of Arncliffe, part of Staincliffe Wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[9] Halton Gill became a separate civil parish in 1866.[10]

The parish was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire in 1974.


  1. ^ "98" (Map). Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale. 1:50,000. Landranger. Ordnance Survey. 2016. ISBN 9780319263419.
  2. ^ a b Chrystal, Paul (2017). The Place Names of Yorkshire. Catrine: Stenlake. p. 40. ISBN 9781840337532.
  3. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 213. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". North Yorkshire County Council. 2012. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Halton Gill". www.yorkshireguides.com. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Jamie cooks up an early Christmas for villagers". Craven Herald. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  7. ^ "The Woman in Black returns to life once again to haunt cinema screens". The Yorkshire Post. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Star role for Dales in Daniel Radcliffe's new film Woman in Black". Craven Herald. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales". 1870. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  10. ^ Vision of Britain website

External linksEdit

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