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St Bartholomew Church, Tosside - - 1067609.jpg

St Bartholomew's Church, Tosside
Tosside is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Location in Ribble Valley Borough
Tosside is located in the Forest of Bowland
Location in the Forest of Bowland
Tosside is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
OS grid referenceSD768559
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSKIPTON
Postcode districtBD23
Dialling code01729
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°59′56″N 2°21′11″W / 53.999°N 2.353°W / 53.999; -2.353

Tosside is a small village on the border of North Yorkshire and Lancashire in Northern England. It lies within the Forest of Bowland, and is between the villages of Slaidburn in Lancashire and Wigglesworth in North Yorkshire. It lies 11.5 miles north of Clitheroe and 17 miles northwest of Skipton. The village is 870 feet (270 m) above sea level and lies at 54.0001°N / 2.35436°W on the B6478.

Most of the village is in Lancashire, but a few houses in the eastern part of the village are in North Yorkshire. Historically, the entire village lay within the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The western part of Tosside is the largest settlement in the civil parish of Gisburn Forest, which had a population of 151 at the 2011 Census.[1]


The name Tosside is believed to be derived from Old Norse/Anglo-Saxon. It can be traced back to two old Scandinavian words - 'Tod' meaning fox and 'Saetr' meaning a high summer pasture. The name gradually changed to Toddsett, then Tossett and ultimately to Tosside. This fact is recognised to this day with the symbol of the fox being present on the top of the small water fountain at the centre of the village.

The western part of Tosside was historically in the township of Gisburn Forest in the large ancient parish of Gisburn.[2] Gisburn Forest became a separate civil parish in 1866. In 1974 it was transferred from the West Riding of Yorkshire to Lancashire.

The eastern part of Tosside was an extra parochial area known as Tosside Row.[3] It became the civil parish of Tosside in 1858. In 1938 the civil parish was abolished and absorbed into the civil parish of Wigglesworth.[4] In 1974 Wigglesworth was transferred from the West Riding of Yorkshire to North Yorkshire.

Village today

Tosside Community Hall
Tosside Community Hall

Tosside has a population of around 100 families scattered across a widespread area, living typically in upland farms and other remote dwellings.

The village itself includes a number of Grade II listed buildings, including St Bartholomew's Church,[5] Mount Sion Independent Chapel (1812, now closed),[6] also known as Sandy Syke Chapel,[7] and the Dog and Partridge public house.[8]

The Village Community Hall provides a focal point for this active local community. The hall may be hired for special events and functions.

The village adjoins Gisburn Forest to the north and provides access to the forest via Bailey Lane. Gisburn Forest is the largest forest in Lancashire and is a location for mountain-biking, walking and horse-riding.

See also


  1. ^ "Gisburn Forest civil parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Gisburn". GENUKI. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  3. ^ "West Riding extra parochial areas". GENUKI. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Vision of Britain website". Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1072177)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1072176)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  7. ^ Airedale & Wharfedale Family History Society, Tosside published 31 May 2020, accessed 12 November 2020
  8. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1163378)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 March 2016.

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