The Carlton Inn lies in the quaint old village of Carlton Husthwaite. The villages in this area are ancient and rich in history. Carlton Husthwaite itself was mentioned simply as ‘Carelton’ in the Domesday Book during the Medieval period.
The name Carlton Husthwaite
‘Carlton Husthwaite’ is derived from a combination of the Viking word ‘Carl’ meaning free peasants and the Anglo Saxon word ‘ton’ meaning farm or settlement. The Viking words of ‘Hus’ and ‘thwaite’ mean houses and meadow respectively. There are lots of other places of interest around here with unusual names.
Places of worship
Religion has always played a large part in farming folks’ lives. In Carlton Husthwaite, despite having had a population of fewer than 200, there were once two places of worship. The church, dedicated to St Mary, is a Grade II listed building thought to have been erected in 1685. However, there may have been an earlier building on the same site. The Wesleyan Chapel that was built in the village in 1869 is now a private residence.
The village today
There are lots of wonderful houses in Carlton Husthwaite dating back hundreds of years. It’s well worth a stroll round the village to the see their rooves and timber framing before popping into the Inn for a meal.
The Thatched Cottage is one of Carlton Husthwaite’s architectural gems. It is thought to have been erected as an ‘open hall’ house late in the fifteenth century. It was modernised about a hundred years later with the insertion of a central fire-hood and chimney.
To find out more about the fascinating history of Carlton Husthwaite, please visit http://www.husthwaitehistory.co.uk/gallery.php.