Information on Halton Gill, Yorkshire
Halton Gill is a tiny village at the head of Littondale. The name means a farmstead in a narrow valley, haugh and gill both mean narrow valley. The small village nestles in the valley beneath steep hills and is a very picturesque, if isolated spot. An 18th century curate in the village, Rev Miles Wilson, wrote a book to explain astronomy to the villagers, in which he imagined a cobbler climbing to the moon from the top of Pen-y-Ghent, and exploring the solar system. With its isolated position, Halton Gill is probably one of the best places in the UK to see stars on a clear night, which may explain the curate’s interest!