Craven


CRAVEN

  1. District in the West Riding of Yorkshire, now divided between North Yorkshire and Lancashire;
  2. A local government district in North Yorkshire since 1974.

Craven is the district in and around the Aire Gap, where the valley of the River Aire separates the northern and southern Pennines. The medieval rural deanery of Craven in the Archdiocese of York extended to all the Yorkshire lands west of the Aire Gap, so it included Gisburn on the Ribble and the Yorkshire sector of the Forest of Bowland.

The medieval rural deanery of Craven in the Archdiocese of York extended to all the Yorkshire lands west of the Aire Gap, so it included Gisburn on the Ribble and the Yorkshire sector of the Forest of Bowland.

In 1974 these more distant parts, together with the districts around Barnoldswick and Eadsby, in the Aire Gap itself, went to Lancashire. The rest became a district in North Yorkshire, with its administrative centre in Skipton, the principal town in Craven.

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