Austwick

Information on Austwick, Yorkshire

Austwick is a village in Craven, just off the A65, with a population of just under 500 people living in 212 residences of many eras, with some cottages dating back to the 16th century. The area is famous for its geological features, not least the ‘Norber erratic boulders’ and limestone pavement at Oxenber Hill, overlooking the village. The area was first settled around 4000 years ago and prehistoric, bronze and iron age remains have been found nearby. The village economy has typically been based on agriculture and textile manufacturing though a document from the 12th century mentions a slate quarry in the area. At the time of the Domesday Book of 1086 Austwick was at the head of 12 manors extending in a Northern direction along the line of the present A65. The village retains a Lord of the Manor to the present day. The village has a pub, The Game Cock, and a hotel The Traddock.

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