Newthorpe, like its neighbours, first appears in public records as an entry in the Domesday Book and for centuries afterwards existed as a large and relatively important agricultural hamlet. In medieval times it became part of the huge estates belonging to two prominent local monasteries, and after the Dissolution became the property of a series of important land-owning families. As time went on, industry, particularly mining, became hugely important. It is now all but gone and modern infill occupies Newthorpe’s vast areas of old common land. But an important and fascinating industrial heritage remains. Aspects of interest from places within the general area, such as Hill Top, Giltbrook and Beauvale are also included.
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