is a village in the Craven
district of North Yorkshire
that is situated in the Aire Valley
. The population is roughly 3,500.
The village is adjacent to Cross Hills
, but although these three villages form what is effectively a small town, Sutton has its own parish and maintains its own distinct identity.
The village existed as early as 1086, as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book
Sometime thereafter, Sutton and surrounding lands passed from the crown to a succession of Norman
landowners: Robert de Romille, then Edmund de Boyvill and then Adam de Copley. As of the 14th century, the village was known as Sutton-in-Ayrdale. The main industry, until the Industrial Revolution
, was farming of livestock
, especially sheep
In 1773, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal passed nearby, and railways followed in 1846. Agriculture was largely replaced by work in the textile industry for most inhabitants; however only one of the several original mill buildings remains today.
The village is best known for its pub life including the family owned King's Arms. Also noteworthy is the villages small but successful Arts scene. It is home to the UK's multiple winning National Accordion Champion, now St. Petersburg Conservatory student, Thomas Hardaker, and is also a regular rural holiday escape for director, Guy Ritchie and his wife - pop-star Madonna