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Buckden, North Yorkshire

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Buckden village shop
Buckden is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population187 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSD941772
• London200 mi (320 km) SE
Civil parish
  • Buckden
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSKIPTON
Postcode districtBD23
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
54°11′29″N 2°05′26″W / 54.19139°N 2.09054°W / 54.19139; -2.09054

Buckden is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Buckden is situated in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and on the east bank of the River Wharfe in Wharfedale. The civil parish includes the hamlet of Cray and the whole of Langstrothdale. According to the 2011 Census the parish had a population of 187.[1]


The etymology of the name derives from the Old English words of bucca and denu meaning he-goat and valley respectively.[2][3] A bridge at Buckden was destroyed in a flood in 1748. A later and present bridge is known as 'Election Bridge', as a prospective MP made the promise of a replacement bridge an electoral pledge.[4]

On 5 July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the village.[5]


The village of Buckden is situated where Buckden Gill, which rises on Buckden Pike, joins the River Wharfe. Along the Gill is a disused lead mine, Buckden Gavel Mine, which has been designated an ancient monument.[6] Where Langstrothdale joins Wharfedale is the village of Hubberholme, which contains a Norman church and inn. The Dales Way passes close to the village, on the opposite bank of the Wharfe. A footpath leads north-east from the village to the top of Buckden Pike, and another south-west to Litton, above Arncliffe, in Littondale.

Buck Inn, Buckden
Buck Inn, Buckden

Buckden has a village shop, a residential outdoor education centre and a public house, the Buck Inn. Denis Healey, the former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer (1974–1979), stated that he spent his honeymoon in a converted stable next to the Buck Inn.[7]


2001 Census

The population according to the 2011 census was 187 of which 54.3% were male and 45.7 female. There were 81% of the population who stated they were Christian, with the rest declaring no religion or not stating one. The entire population described their ethnicity as White/British. There were 125 dwellings listed within the parish boundary.[8]

2011 Census

The population according to the 2011 census was 187 of which 51.3% were male and 48.7 female. There were 69.5% of the population who stated they were Christian, with the rest declaring no religion or not stating one. The entire population described their ethnicity as White/British. There were 135 dwellings listed within the parish boundary.[1]


Buckden was historically a township in the ancient parish of Arncliffe, part of Staincliffe Wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[9] Buckden became a separate civil parish in 1866.[10] Buckden was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire in 1974.

The parish lies within the Skipton and Ripon UK Parliament constituency. It also lies within the Mid Craven electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Upper Wharfedale ward of Craven District Council.[11]


The Parish Church of Church of St Michael and All Angels is located in the nearby hamlet of Hubberholme. It is a Grade II listed building built in the 12th century with rebuilding work done from the 16th Century onwards.[12]

Location grid


  1. ^ a b c UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Buckden Parish (1170216730)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  2. ^ Watts (2011). Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-names. Cambridge University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0521168557.
  3. ^ A.D. Mills (1998). Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford Paperbacks. p. 83. ISBN 978-0192800749.
  4. ^ "Buckden". Yorkshire Dales. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Le Tour de France 2014". Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Buckden Gavel Lead Smelt Mill and Mine (1015905)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  7. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (27 August 2007). "'I never fought hard enough to be PM', says Denis Healey". London: Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 7 February 2008.
  8. ^ "2001 Census Buckden Parish". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales". 1870. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  10. ^ Vision of Britain website
  11. ^ Ordnance Survey Open Viewer
  12. ^ "Church of St Michael and All Angels Listing". Retrieved 26 May 2015.

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