NOTE: The name Horton is a common one in England. It derives from Old English horu 'dirt' and tūn 'settlement, farm, estate', presumably meaning 'farm on muddy soil'. There are a number of other places named Horton in both Yorkshire and Lancashire. The nearest is Horton in Ribblesdale, between 15 and 20 miles to the north.
Historically, Horton was in the ecclesiastical parish of Gisburn in Staincliffe Wapentake. From 1894 until 1974, Horton was located in Bowland Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire. In 1974 the area became part of the Ribble Valley District in Lancashire.