Croft-on-Tees

Croft-on-Tees

Croft-on-Tees is a village in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. South of Darlington, it stands on the opposite side of the River Tees from Hurworth-on-Tees and is situated on the A167. The bridge over the Tees between Croft and Hurworth marks the boundary between North Yorkshire and County Durham. The exact point of transition is the fourth of the seven arches.

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  • The name Croft is well known to fans of motorsports for the nearby Croft Circuit, which is built on the former aerodrome called RAF Croft.
  • St Peter's Church is an ancient 14th century style building, situated on the banks of the Tees. Lewis Carroll's father was Rector of Croft church and Archdeacon of Richmond from 1843-1868. Historians believe Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat in the book Alice in Wonderland was inspired by a carving in Croft church.
  • Near the Church is Croft Hotel, or "The Croft" as it has been renamed. It is a 20 room hotel with an adjoining 1920s themed restaurant called "Raffles".
  • Croft was once served by Croft Spa railway station on the East Coast Main Line. The railway still passes near Croft, but the station has long since closed.
  • Croft was once famous for its spa, first noticed in 1668, and as early as 1713 the sulphurous spring water had acquired such fame that it was sold in London as a cure for ailments and diseases.

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