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A common place-name in the old Danelaw areas of the Midlands and the North, usually "farmstead or estate of the freemen or peasants", from Old Scandinavian karl (often no doubt replacing Old English ceorl) + Old English tun.

"A Dictionary of English Place-Names", Oxford University Press

Carlton is dominated by Carlton Towers, the country home of the Duke of Norfolk. This stately home is open to the public and hosts weddings and agricultural events. In 1777, in response to a public petition, Thomas Stapleton of Carlton Towers built a bridge to encourage the flax trade and to ease the difficulty of transporting bodies from Carlton by ferry to be buried in Snaith churchyard. With the advent of motor traffic the new bridge was built in 1928. This was then replaced a few years ago with a new structure.

Crossing the river Aire leads to North Yorkshire and the first sight to greet visitors to Carlton is the village cricket ground and a large duck pond. A large wall around the perimeter of Carlton Tower's gardens runs next to the road through most of the village.

The Holy Family School is based in the village.


Visitor Comments

Posted by Emma on 05/10/2007

Does anyone know the location of the old Red Lion pub in Carlton? I know that there was a Red Lion on the high street but also an old Red Lion.

Posted by Simon on 29/12/2007

The Old Red Lion in Carlton is now known as The Odddfellows. I only learned last year that I have ancestors that used to run the place in the 1800s, possibly earlier.

Posted by John on 08/02/2011

The Odddfellows was called the Red Lion, it has a small plaque at the front which explains about it.

Posted by Gary on 24/04/2008

Is there or has there ever been a Carlton Wood? My dad used to take us there when we were kids in the 1960s. I remember it being a beautiful place and I've fond memories of it. I recall it being next to a disused aerodrome or similar place.

Posted by Lynn on 06/12/2009

Can anyone remember the name of the farming family in Carlton? They also owned a shop in Carlton village. I once met the son, his name was Martin. He came to Sunderland to see me. He will be late 40s.

Posted by John on 08/02/2011

The name of the farming family that had the shop could have been the Hirds or Duddings.

Posted by Chris on 02/09/2013

The shop was called James Hird and Son.

Posted by Ivan on 12/06/2014

Sydney Hird still lives in Carlton. He is the grandson of James Hird, (who started the business in Carlton). Philip Hird took over the reins after James and latterly Sydney. The business was eventually sold to B.A.T.A. Ltd. of Malton.

Posted by Janet on 29/03/2011

Anyone related to Fred GREENWOOD. Benjamin Greenwood, son of Fred, went to Drax Grammar School, then to work on railway later. Farm sale was 1939 in Carlton, Low Lane? Interested in any relatives still in village or surrounding area. Thanks.

Posted by Andy on 18/12/2012

Recently found out that several generations of my CLAYTON line originate from Carlton. My great-grandfather is George, son of Thomas, son of Abraham, son of William. Other family names include Herbert KIA and HEMINGWAY. Seems they lived on or around Low Street. Anyone have any connections? Any Claytons living there still? Thanks.

Posted by Di on 15/02/2013

I have a family tree line from Ann Clayton (b. 1826, Carlton) - daughter of William Clayton and Ruth Townend. Ann Clayton (married Stones) is my great(x3)-grandmother.

Posted by Michelle on 01/02/2014

Our Clayton family includes George Darbyson Clayton, son of Isaac Clayton, who is the son of William Clayton and Ruth. Isaac Clayton and Ann Darbyson Clayton lived on Church Lane in Carlton for many years. I think we are all speaking of the same family and I would love to share information. I'm also interested to find any relatives that may still be living in the Carlton or surrounding areas. George D. Clayton and at least two brothers came to the United States.

Posted by David on 10/03/2017

Called at Carlton today and was delighted to see the new war memorial with my uncle's name (Harold Goodall) included amongst the fourteen men lost in WWI. It was also nice to see the Odddfellows Pub (formerly the Red Lion), refurbished and an historical plaque outside. Yes it really has got three D's

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