Picton, North Yorkshire

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Picton Village

Friday 13 June 2008

Picton was an ancient settlement, the name of the place being written as Pyketon or Pykton in old records, later spelt Pickton and eventually Picton. It belonged to a family who took to using the surname Picton in the reign of Edward the Ist to indicate their territorial rights. The name itself is believed to derive from Peak-town.

The population of the village has fluctuated over the years but in recent years has, despite demographic changes, tended to be in the region of 100 adults. The majority of the population commute to their places of work and as there is no public transport, rely on their own motor vehicles for both work and social purposes.