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The historic market town of Bedale first mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and was given its market charter in 1251.

Bedale Town: The lovely sweep of houses along Market Place with the Parish Church at the top of the street

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The 14th century Market Cross in the busy centre of Bedale and stands at the meeting place of Wynd, Emgate and Market Place, the main medieval roads into and out of Bedale.

Bedale, North Yorkshire

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The main street has some fine houses, some from the Georgian Period, and pubs in Bedale like the Wagon and Horses and the Old Black Swan keep the flowers going into the Autumn adding to the attractiveness of the town centre.

Bedale, North Yorkshire

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The handsome church of St Gregory in Bedale, which is mainly of 13th and 19th century construction.

 

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Bedale Town: The magnificent early 14th century (~1330) fortified tower of St Gregory Church and the modern 'Anglo-Saxon Cross' below it. There is a remnant of a 9th century cross in the church. The fortified church tower is one of the best examples in northern England.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The tower nave and chancel of St Gregory Church, Bedale.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The great west door in the tower of St Gregory's Parish Church.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: St Gregory's Church - The statues of Sir Brian Fitzalan and his first wife Lady Muriel Fitzalan (mid 14th century), he is in alabaster she is in stone.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: St Gregory's Church - Two stone effigies of knights from the late 14th century.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: Looking down the nave of St Gregory's Church, through the chancel arch and onto the altar and east window beyond.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The somewhat restored 14th century medieval painting of George and the Dragon in St Gregory's Church, Bedale.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: Some fine carving on the pillars of the nave arches in St Gregory's Church.

Bedale, North Yorkshire

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The finely carved pulpit showing St Gregory the Great in the Parish Church.

 

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Bedale Town: Some fine 16th-17th century Dutch and Flemish wood carvings behind the altar of St Gregory's Church.

 

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Bedale Town: The medieval Sedilia in St Gregory's Church.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: Fragment of a medieval painting above the chancel arch of St Gregory's Church (see also below).

Bedale Town: The painting is a 14th century representation the Angel of the Annunciation and the remains of some Elizabethan over-painting.

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The chancel arch, nave, altar and east window of St Gregory's Church, Bedale.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: Looking west down the nave of St Gregory's Church to the great arched entrance to the tower and beyond is the unusually large west door. There are different styles of carving on the columns and arches of the nave dating from 1190 AD.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

An old grave stone of?

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: Some old fragments in the south aisle - part of a Norman? pillar and an earlier 10th century carved Anglo-Saxon cross stone in St Gregory's Church.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: Looking west down the south aisle of St Gregory's Church into the Lady Chapel with its wonderful large 'Jervaulx window' and its fine medieval tracery.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The wonderfully carved supporting arches of the nave and the north aisle of St Gregory's Church.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The fine vaulting under the tower of St Gregory's Church, easily missed, so look up the tower from the inside as well as the outside!

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: The inside entrance to the west door from under the tower of St Gregory's Church.

 

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Bedale Town: The path to the church entrance - on the left is the modern 'Anglo-Saxon' style cross and on the right is the earliest old school house dating from the early 1500's and started by a chantry priest John Grege from Jervaulx Abbey.

 

Bedale, North Yorkshire

Bedale Town: Some of the blocks of the 2-3 tiered Georgian houses in Bedale just west of the parish church.

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Bedale Town: The splendid building of the early Georgian Bedale Hall (remodelled 1730-1738), with the mighty tower of the parish Church on the left. Bedale Park was originally a medieval deer park, most of which is now the golf course and the remaining parkland is open to the public.

 

Bedale Town: The view of St Gregory's Church from the grounds of Bedale Hall

 

Bedale Town: The grand west entrance to Bedale Hall

 

Bedale Town: interior of Bedale Hall -one of the grand staircases

 

Bedale Town: One of the magnificent stucco ceilings in Bedale Hall

Bedale Town: The grand north side facade of Bedale

 

Bedale Town: The public park and play area by Bedale Hall

 

 

Bedale Town: B.A.S.A. The lovely setting of the Bedale Athletic Sports Association for your Cricket Club, Football Club, Running Club, Tennis Club and Squash Club - lots going on!

 

Bedale Town: The very helpful Bedale Tourist Information Centre in Bedale Hall (upper pictures), which also houses the Bedale Museum (entrances in lower pictures)

 

Bedale Station, with the Bedale Community Bakery on the left and the Craft Yard on the right.

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Selection of pubs, cafes, restaurants in Bedale, England

Bedale, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Bedale, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Bedale, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Bedale, North Yorkshire, North of  England, Bedale is a busy 'big village' i.e. a small market town worth pausing for on your car trip to the Yorkshire Dales. Panetti's Cafe-Bistro is right by the great Church of St Gregory is well worth a visit and please leave a donation to help in its upkeep. Inside is a medieval George and Dragon discovered in 1926, but this isn't a pub!

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Aunt Sally's Coffee Shop, one of several cafes, is on the main street which has quite a few Georgian houses. Bedale is a most friendly town and it is also served by the Wensleydale Railway.

Bedale, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Bedale, North Yorkshire, Northern England

Bedale, North Yorkshire, Northern England

The Waggon and Horses Tea (Black Sheep Brewery, with tea  and coffee advertised too (above) and The Old Black Swan (left) are two good pubs and both buildings seem quite old (Georgian architecture?) and we did like all the flowers adorning both centres of refreshment!

See also the Wensleydale Railway.

The Bedale Community Bakery is by the station on the Wensleydale Railway and prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients eg the Crakehall Mill flour. You can by some nice bread and an assortment of freshly baked 'goodies'!

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