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Junction of High Street and Marske Lane
|Population||6,535 (2011 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
Skelton-in-Cleveland or Skelton is a market town in the civil parish of Skelton and Brotton at the foot of the Cleveland Hills and about 10 miles (16 km) east of Middlesbrough centre. It is in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, England.
The first real mention of Skelton is in the Domesday Book of 1086, which details taxes collected. Skelton Castle was built in the 12th century by the de Brus (Bruce) family. It is a town by market charter.
Skelton is made up of villages; including North Skelton, Skelton Green, and New Skelton. Population of the Skelton Built-up area was 6,535, at the 2011 census.
All Saints Churches
Old All Saints Church is a redundant Church of England church, built in Georgian times; it is set in parkland with views to the 18th-century Gothic style country house, called Skelton Castle. Graves can be seen in the churchyard with skull-and-crossbone motifs. The church was mostly rebuilt in 1785, on a site where two previous churches were built. The pulpit, the box-pews and other furnishings, date from the rebuilding, with slightly earlier text boards and some older monuments on a remaining medieval wall. The outside stonework shows a herringbone tooling in keeping with local styles, in contrast to the 'Venetian' east window and the dark pink colouring of the interior.
A new All Saints church was built nearby, in 1884, by R.J. Johnston of Newcastle. It is in the decorated style and of dressed sandstone with ashlar, with plain clay tiled roofs. After the new church was built, the Georgian church fell into disrepair, declared redundant and is now maintained by the Churches Conservation Trust. Both churches are Grade II listed buildings.
Sports and leisure
The town has a cricket club, Skelton Castle Cricket Club, who play in the Langbaurgh cricket league. Their grounds, Old Dog Kennels; is accessible via the A174.
Skelton United is the town's football club, with junior teams from U7s to U16s.
The town also is home to Bodyzone gym within the Skelton Industrial Estate.
Skelton's highstreet hosts various small independent/chain shops, including a Cooplands, Coral and a Co-operative Food store. Along with this there are various pubs including a social club in North Skelton, a large Asda supermarket, and a Sainsbury's local store.
The only school in the town is Skelton Primary School which takes on students age 3-11.
Skelton-in-Cleveland was the birthplace, in 1873, of Frank Wild, polar explorer and Ernest Shackleton's right-hand man. In 2016 a statue of Wild was erected in Skelton-in-Cleveland.
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