The parish of Croft on Tees is situated in the northern part of the County of North Yorkshire with its administrative centre at Northallerton, 12 miles to the south. The district council is Richmondshire with its centre at Richmond, 12 miles south-west of the parish.
The parish is bordered to the north and east by the river Tees, to the south by Dalton parish and to the west by Barton, Stapleton and North Cowton parish councils.
There is likely to have been a settlement at Croft from earliest times as the river crossing at this point has always been recorded as an important crossing for travellers going North to Scotland or South to London. The present bridge is listed as an ancient monument.
It is believed that a church has stood where the present parish church of St Peter's stands since the 9th century, being Anglo-Saxon.
There are several prominent houses in the parish which date back to the 17th and 18th century but which have since been modified.
The village saw its greatest expansion of building during the period in the 19th century when the healing waters of the sulphur springs were developed and commercialised with the need for accommodation for visitors. Some stayed for weeks and longer to 'take the waters'.