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Rainton is a village in the Harrogate borough of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated about 6 miles north of Boroughbridge, 5 miles north-east of Ripon and 5 miles south-west of Thirsk. The area has a village green and a maypole. There are approximately 120 houses in Rainton including six listed buildings- several period farm houses, a smithy and a dovecote. The local vernacular building style is sandstone and cobble construction with slate or pantile roof.

Rainton is located in North Yorkshire
Rainton shown within North Yorkshire
Population447 (2011)[1]
Civil parish
  • Rainton with Newby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTHIRSK
Postcode districtYO7
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
EU ParliamentYorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°10′16″N 1°26′04″W / 54.17098°N 1.43453°W / 54.17098; -1.43453Coordinates: 54°10′16″N 1°26′04″W / 54.17098°N 1.43453°W / 54.17098; -1.43453

Rainton was a largely agricultural village. However, since 2000, it has become a commuter village, largely due to its close proximity to the A1 road.[citation needed] This in turn has led to an increase in property prices which is evidenced by the large number of barn conversions and property renovations.[original research?] Rainton continues to host Christmas parties for local children, lunches for retired people, and other social events including a gardening club.[citation needed]

Rainton is the principal settlement in the civil parish of Rainton with Newby. Newby, historically known as Newby-on-Swale, is a deserted medieval village,[2] now occupied by Baldersby Park (also known as Newby Park), the home of Queen Mary's School.



The local school is based at Baldersby St James.

There are two freehold pubs in the village: The Lamb and The Bay Horse which are both traditional village pubs. Both pubs serve ale and typical home-made pub fayre.[citation needed]

A recreation field, including a children's park, opened in 2000 after local fundraising. The children's park has recently[when?] obtained further funds to provide new equipment for older children. The cricket club has two teams which have a new pavilion, built largely by the hands-on cricket team and villagers themselves.

There is a Methodist chapel in Rainton. The church at nearby Baldersby St James has a 'landmark' steeple.


Rainton was historically in the parish of Topcliffe in the North Riding of Yorkshire, part of the township of Rainton with Newby.[3] The township became a separate civil parish in 1866,[4] and in 1974 was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire.


  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Beresford's Lost Villages". Retrieved 27 March 2016.
  3. ^ Page, William (1923). "Parishes: Topcliffe". Victoria County History. A History of the County of York North Riding: Volume 2. pp. 70–80. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Vision of Britain website". Retrieved 27 March 2016.

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