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More correctly Rimington and Middop is a village of many parts spread over quite a large area and includes  the small hamlets of Newby, Middop, Martin Top and Howgill. The village has its own village hall the Rimington Memorial Institute built in 1927 to commemorate the First World War, the institute is the venue for parish council, WI and garden club meetings, indoor bowls, table tennis, whist and domino drives, as well as village dances and other events. The institute has recently been refurbished and upgraded. The village encompasses many isolated farms and small clusters of houses. Martin Top Congregational  Chapel forms one of the focal point of the village and the building has a fine sundial. There was a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel sited at Stopper Lane which closed sometime in the 1960s.

 The village has a long history and in the past had a lead mine. Now the village is exclusively rural and its surroundings have been formed by the many generations of livestock farms to produce the rich texture of fields lanes and small woods.

Home for many years to composer Francis Duckworth, whose hymn tune "Rimington" is still regularly heard at Martin Top Chapel and sung to the hymn íJesus shall reigní. Francis was buried in Gisburn on the north east side of the churchyard. His memorial is of grey granite and has the tune inscribed on it.Many archaeological finds have been made in this area and near Stopper Lane is the disused lead mine, reputed to have produced the silver for "Pudsey's Mint," which attracted interest recently when exploration work was again carried out. The Black Bull Inn is home to a model transport museum and next door, Cosgrove's House of Colour attracts fashion-conscious men and women from a wide area. 

At one time it was said that, in the village of Rimington, there was a considerably rich vein of lead ore which yielded quite a quantity of silver. Some years ago, a person was convicted and executed at York for counterfeiting the silver coin of the realm in metal procured from lead in Rimington.

Rimington Clubs and Societies :-

  • Rimington Women's Institute
  • Rimington Table Tennis
  • Rimington and Middop Sports Committee
  • Rimington Luncheon Club



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