Infobox UK place
latitude = 53.911664
longitude = -1.989049
official_name = Kildwick
population = 191 (2001 Census)
os_grid_reference = SE008461
civil_parish = Kildwick
region = Yorkshire and the Humber
country = England
post_town = KEIGHLEY
postcode_district = BD20
postcode_area = BD
dial_code = 01535
constituency_westminster = Skipton and Ripon
Kildwick is a village and
civil parishof the District of Cravenin North Yorkshire, England. It is situated between Skiptonand Keighleyand has a population of 191. [ [http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=797622&c=Kildwick&d=16&e=15&g=475280&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1209154775509&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779 Neighbourhood Statistics - Kildwick CP (Parish)] . URL accessed 25 April 2008.] The village has a number of local amenities including a primary school, church (see below), post office and public house.
It was once served by
Kildwick and Crosshills railway station, which closed in 1965.
St Andrew's Church, Kildwick
Known locally as 'The Lang Kirk of Craven', St Andrew’s is a historically significant church in the village. It stands close by the Leeds - Liverpool canal.
The village of
Farnhill, on the opposite side of the canal is served by the church and the larger village of Cross Hills, on the other side of the River Aireand reached by crossing one of the oldest bridges in the north of England, is also in the parish of St Andrew's.
Founded in the early days of
Christianity, St Andrew’s has a history stretching back into the mists of time. The church has a connection with Bolton Priory in Wharfedale, the Manor of Kildwick coming under the jurisdiction of the Priors of Bolton between the 12th and 16th centuries.
Fragments of 9th century crosses have been excavated from its walls, evidence of the church built here before the
Norman Conquest, which was replaced by one of stone four centuries later. This was later lengthened, with further extensions eastwards during the 15th and 16th centuries, so that it is now one of the longest in Yorkshire.
Many changes have taken place since then, with the last major reordering being carried out in the early 1900s. Another major reordering to meet the needs of the 21st Century is currently in its initial stages.
Charlotte Brontëand other members of the Brontëfamily were acquainted with the church.
* [http://www.langkirk21.blogspot.com/ Lang Kirk 21 Blog]
* [http://www.bronte.info/ Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, Yorkshire]
* [http://www.bronteparsonage.blogspot.com/ Brontë Parsonage Blog]
* [http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/b/bronte/charlotte/ Online editions of Charlotte Brontë's works]
*gutenberg author | id=Charlotte_Brontë | name=Charlotte Brontë
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