South of Darlington, Croft stands on the opposite side of the River Tees from Hurworth-on-Tees and is situated on the A167. The bridge over the Tees between Croft and Hurworth marks the boundary between North Yorkshire and County Durham. The exact point of transition is the fourth of the seven arches.
The name Croft is well known to fans of motorsports for the nearby Croft Circuit, which is built on the former aerodrome called RAF Croft.
St Peter's Church
St Peter's Church is an ancient 14th century style building, situated on the bank of the Tees near the bridge. Revd Charles Dodgson, father of Lewis Carroll, was Rector of Croft and Archdeacon of Richmond from 1843-1868; Carroll lived here from 1843 to 1850. Historians believe Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat in the book Alice in Wonderland was inspired by a carving in Croft Church.
Croft is the place where Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) wrote some of his books, it is also where his house is. Lewis was born on 27 January 1832.
Near the church is Croft Hotel, or "The Croft" as it has been renamed. The hotel with 20 bedrooms has recently be reopened after refurbishment to include a new gastropub and traditional tea rooms.
Croft was once served by its railway station on the East Coast Main Line. The railway still passes near Croft but the station which was opened in 1841, closed in 1968 and has been demolished.
Croft was once famous for its spa, first noticed in 1668, and as early as 1713 the sulphurous spring water had acquired such fame that it was sold in London as a cure for ailments and diseases. Robert Willan's study of the sulphur water at Croft, published London 1782, has recently been republished. A.B.Granville's description of the "Old Well" and the "New Well", for which the railway station opened in 1841 was named Croft Spa, was published in 1841.
Croft has a second hotel, Clow Beck House, privately owned and sited in among local farmland, only 100 yards from the River Tees.