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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

The new road bridge The old road bridge - needs a bit of repair The duck pond near Carlton Towers

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.

The Village Cricket Ground The High Street The Village Pub

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 top of Carlton Towers The Holy Family Catholic School A Chapel

The Holy Family School is based in the village.

Visitor Comments

Posted by Paul at 28/06/2005 08:12
Has anybody got any old pictures of the old toll bridge and surrounding area that could be emailed to me or prints I could take a copy of? Please contact me at
Posted by Emma and James at 05/10/2007 21:47
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. Much appreciated.
Emma and James
Posted by Simon Belton at 29/12/2007 19:23
The Old Red Lion in Carlton is now known as The Oddfellows. Would be interested to know why you want to know. I only learned last year that I have ancestors that used to run the place in the 1800's, possibly earlier.
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 24/04/2008 15:56
Is there or has there ever been a Carlton Wood? My Dad used to take us there when we were kids in the 60's. 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 at 06/12/2009 22:05
can any one 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 40 s
Posted by David at 14/09/2010 17:54
Does anyone have any old photos of Carlton, especially interested in the High Street and area around the Oddfellows/Old Red Lion.
Posted by Robert Ward at 22/09/2010 22:00
There are some old photographs of Carlton in one of the albums on the Facebook account called "Goole Book"
Posted by John at 08/02/2011 15:17
Though this is a very late response, the name of the farming family that had the shop could have been the herds or duddings, and the Oddfellows did used to be called the red lion, it has a small plaque at the front which explains about it.
Posted by Debbie at 23/02/2011 20:52
does anyone know where i can find old pictures of bridge farm, carlton, Goole pre 1995?
Posted by janet stott previous Greenwood at 29/03/2011 00:11
Enquiring re family history , any one related to fred greenwood. benjamin greenwood son of fred went to drax gramma school.Then to work on rail way later. farm sale was 1939 in carlton , low lane ?
interested in any relatives still in village or surrounding area.
Posted by Andy Clayton at 18/12/2012 12:45
Hello, Recently found out that several generations of my CLAYTON line originate from Carlton. My Gt Grandfather is George, son of Thomas, son of Abraham, son of William. Other family names include Herbert KIA WW1 and Hemingway. Seems they lived on or around Low street. Anyone have any connections? Any Claytons living there still?
Posted by Di Brian at 15/02/2013 16:17
Andy - to reply to your question on CLAYTONs of Carlton. I have a family tree line from Ann CLAYTON (b Carlton 1826) - daughter of William CLAYTON and Ruth TOWNEND. Ann CLAYTON (married STONES) is my GGG Grandmother. If that is of any interest email me.
Posted by Chris at 02/09/2013 12:20
The shop was called James Hird and SOn
Posted by Michelle Welsh at 01/02/2014 00:33
In reply to Andy Clayton and Di Brian...regarding CLAYTON's of Carlton.
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. You can contact me at
Posted by Ivan Tasker at 12/06/2014 17:57
Sydney Hird still lives in Carlton. He is the grandson of James Hird, (who started the business in Carlton). Philip Hird took over the reigns after James and latterly Sydney. The business was eventually sold to B.A.T.A. Ltd. of Malton.
Posted by David Goodall at 10/03/2017 13:46
Called at Carlton today and was delighted to see the new war memorial with my Uncle's name (Harold Goodall) included amongst the 14 men lost in WW1
It was also nice to see the Odddfellows Pub (Formerly the Red Lion),yes it really has got 3 d's, refurbished and an historical plaque outside

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