Information on Lofthouse, Yorkshire
Lofthouse is a small village about a mile south of Middlesmoor and 5 miles North of Pateley Bridge. It has a primary school, memorial village hall, post office and pub, The Crown Hotel. It also has an unusual memorial fountain dedicated to the memory of men of the village who lost their lives in the 1st World War. Just outside the village is the cricket ground which is one of the most picturesque in the Dales, sited at the foot of the hill leading to Middlesmoor with its church perched high above. Lofthouse was once a station stop for the Nidd Valley Light Railway. The railway’s primary purpose was to carry goods, materials and labour to construction sites 6 miles further up the Nidd valley, where two large reservoirs were built at Angram (1904-1919) and Scar House (1921-1936). However, Lofthouse was the passenger terminus for the line, which was opened in 1907, closed to passengers on the last day of 1929, and was closed completely in 1937. The station buildings can still be seen, now converted into a house on the left as you drive into the village, and the layout of the line can be seen stretching back through the fields towards Pateley Bridge.