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Cononley
Cononley (North Yorkshire)
Cononley

Cononley shown within North Yorkshire
Population 1,080 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SD988469
District Craven
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KEIGHLEY
Postcode district BD20
Dialling code 01535
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
European Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Skipton and Ripon
List of places: UKEnglandYorkshire

Coordinates: 53°55'05?N 2°01'05?W? / ?53.918, -2.018

Cononley is a village in the Aire Valley of North Yorkshire, England, 3 miles south of Skipton and with an estimated population of 1,080 (2001 est.). It is situated near the A629 creating easy access to Skipton, Keighley and other nearby settlements. Also joined to the Leeds-Carlisle railway, the village has commuter access to Leeds and Bradford.

The village is served by Cononley railway station.

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The settlement dates back to medieval times when much of the cultivated land formed part of the estate of Bolton Priory.

Disused lead mine at Cononley in 1996
Disused lead mine at Cononley in 1996

It is clear that most of the dwellings in Cononley date back to mostly the 17th century; the oldest surviving building (Milton House) dates from 1635, whilst the other half mostly date back to the first half of the 19th century which was when the village was a centre for hand loom weaving and lead mining.

By 1851, the population of Cononley had grown to 1,272. In the late 19th century most of the citizens of Cononley were employed in one of the two textile mills in the village. Back then Cononley was physically in the West Riding of Yorkshire whereas now it is in North Yorkshire.

Today, with a population of 1,080 (2001 census), farming is still significant as well as there being still a few local businesses. The number of people employed in industry within the village has radically declined over the last 25 years.

Housing development in the 20th century was very limited due to the lack of economic growth. Even so, the village is a quite popular place to live with its predominant stone buildings.

As well as part of the working community in the village commuting to Skipton and Keighley, a large number also travel large distances which is made possible by the frequent electric trains to Leeds and Bradford.

The village has a joint Anglican-Methodist church, a primary school, two pubs and a post office.

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