42b. The Historic Market Town of Settle
Scenes from North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales National Park
THE TOWN - Streets and Buildings
Settle is a busy friendly market town of mainly grey limestone buildings. The shops and facilities serve the surrounding villages and farms.
The town of Settle nestles in the western limestone hills of the Yorkshire Dales.
In the Market Place is the fine building of the Town Hall built in 1832 and behind is limestone knoll of Castleberg.
The Town Hall contains the Tourist Information Centre where you can get a really good street-walk guide.
The Town Hall from Cheapside.
Many of the buildings in Cheapside date from the late 18th century. The house on the left with its Georgian frontage has a hoist on the 2nd floor because it was once a warehouse.
The arches of The Shambles in Market Place. The first market was granted by King Henry III in 1249 and its been a bustling busy Dales town since!
Shops and cafes across from the Town Hall in Market Place.
Market Place with the 'Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe' on the left.
The arches of 'The Shambles', built as an open market hall in the 1600s.
'Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe' (dated 1663 and NOT quite naked - the date covers the clothes and other parts!) was once a coaching inn, so important before the coming of the railway (see later - Carlisle-Settle Railway).
The impressive Grade 1 listed building known as 'The Folly'.
The Folly was built in the 1670s as 'gentleman's residence' but acquired its name when it was left empty! It has been used for many purposes but now houses the 'Museum of North Craven Life'. The building has numerous mullioned windows and is quite a splendid and interesting piece of architecture.
The Talbot Arms in Victoria Street, is the oldest inn in Settle and once a waggoners' inn.
The large yard of the Talbot Arms provided 'parking' for laden carts and their teams of horses. On the left are the steps over the arch leading up to the ostler's cottage.
The houses and shops in Duke Street.
The Friends Meeting House of the Society of Friends., the Quakers, has small lovely garden you are welcome to take a peaceful rest in.
Also in Kirkgate is the Victoria Hall built in 1853 as a music hall with its prominent glass-topped canopy above the front entrance.
Some of the narrow streets and alleyways hide some older buildings - on the left is Bishopcourt House (blue door) and in the middle (shown below too) is Bishopdale House and on the right a typical narrow building of the 'old town'.
Bishopdale House is probably the oldest 17th century building in Settle.
THE PARISH CHURCH OF THE HOLY ASCENSION
The Church of the Holy Ascension was designed by Thomas Rickman and built in the Early English style of architecture in 1838
The nave - the pulpit (left) and the font (right) are both made of alabaster.
The stained glass of the 'east' window designed by O'Connor from the famous Pugin studio. Actually it isn't strictly speaking an east window because the church is actually aligned on a north-south axis.
Details of the central panels of the east window. The dedication of the church to the Holy Ascension is reflected in its design of the inner panels and the outer panels show the four evangelists.
Left: Stained glass window dedicated to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary who helped the poor and died at the age of 24 in 1229 AD.
Right: The William Morris stained glass window in memory of Alphonsine Sarah Jarry dates from 1913 from a Burne Jones design.
In the porch is a memorial plaque which reads "TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO THROUGH ACCIDENTS LOST THEIR LIVES IN CONSTRUCTING THE RAILWAY WORKS BETWEEN SETTLE AND DENT HEAD. THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED AT THE JOINT EXPENSE OF THEIR FELLOW WORKMEN AND THE MIDLAND RAILWAY COMPANY 1869 TO 1876"
The 72 miles of the splendid scenery of the Settle to Carlisle railway.
The buildings, trains at Settle railway station and a neat little signal box and old double signal.
The old iron footbridge still in use and nicely painted.
A profile of Settle's Victorian Midland railway station buildings.
The most wonderful nostalgic sight of Stanier 2-8-0 locomotive 48151 hauling the FELLSMAN steam excursion train through Settle Station on its way north to Carlisle.
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