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West Witton is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. Located in Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales it lies on the A684 (the main road between Leyburn and Hawes).The civil parish also includes the hamlet of Swinithwaite. The population of the parish was estimated at 340 in 2013.The educator Eric James, Baron James of Rusholme lived in West Witton, and after his death had his ashes scattered there.HistoryWest Witton was originally known simply as Witton, and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The name is Old English, from widu and tūn, meaning "wood settlement", suggesting a place where wood was felled or worked. By the late 12th century the village became known as West Witton to distinguish it from another Witton, now known as East Witton, 5mi down Wensleydale.Burning of BartleThe village is famous locally for its "Burning of Bartle" ceremony held on the Saturday nearest 24 August .A larger than life effigy of 'Bartle' is paraded around the village, complete with glowing eyes. Bartle stops at various strategic places to recite the doggerel, before finally being burnt at Grassgill End to much merry singing.
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