Scenes from North Yorkshire and
nearby Yorkshire Dales National Park
The TOWN of SETTLE - Streets, Buildings and Surrounding Countryside
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 the limestone knoll of Castleberg.
The Town Hall, Settle contains the Tourist Information Centre where you can get a really good street-walk guide.
The Town Hall from Cheapside.
Market Square, Settle, the arches of the Shambles on the right, its an attractive open setting in The Yorkshire Dales landscape.
In Market Square, Settle, the Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe on the left!
Many of the buildings in Cheapside by the Town Hall, Settle, 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, Settle. The first market was granted by King Henry III in 1249 and its been a bustling busy Dales town since!
The HSBC bank building in Market Place, Settle
The Lloyds Bank building in Market Place, Settle.
Shops and cafes across from the Town Hall in Market Place, to the left is Duke Street, Settle.
Market Place, Settle, with the 'Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe' on the left.
The lower corner of Market Place where the road goes down to the car park.
Another side of Market Place, Settle, looking up Constitution Hill.
Market Square, the Shambles and Constitution Hill.
The arches of 'The Shambles', built as an open market hall in the 1600s.
A panorama of the arches of the Shambles and the Town Hall, Settle.
Detailed view of the Shambles, Settle.
'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' in Settle.
The Folly was built in Settle 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, Settle, is the oldest inn in Settle and once a waggoners' inn.
The large yard of the Talbot Arms, Settle, 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, Settle.
The Serendipity Deli & Gifts. the Settle Down Cafe and the Thirteen Cafe Bar in Duke Street, Settle.
A fine house on Duke Street, Settle.
The Friends Meeting House of the Society of Friends, Settle, the Quakers, has small lovely garden you are welcome to take a peaceful rest in.
Also in Kirkgate, Settle, 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' of Settle.
Bishopdale House is probably the oldest 17th century building in Settle.
THE PARISH CHURCH OF THE HOLY ASCENSION
The Church of the Holy Ascension, Settle.
The Church of the Holy Ascension was designed by Thomas Rickman and built in the Early English style of architecture in 1837-1838
The nave - the pulpit (left) and the font (right) are both made of alabaster, lancet style windows in Holy Ascension Church, Settle.
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"
St John's Methodist Church in Church Street
The Settle Flower Pot Festival - very entertaining!
THE RAILWAY and STATION
The old iron footbridge still in use and nicely painted.
A profile of Settle's Victorian Midland railway station buildings.
Settle Station is busy in the summer with many people travelling on the scenic Settle-Carlisle railway trip.
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.
The railway bridge carries the Settle-Carlisle line high over the main road through Settle
A circular walk from Settle via Cleatop Wood
The views across the Ribble Valley from Cleatop Wood
Passenger train heading up the Ribble Valley towards the Carlisle-Settle line.
Limestone freight train heading north to the Settle-Carlisle line
The River Ribble
Looking down on Cleatop Wood
Heading back down to Settle
The grey stone houses of Settle
We now headed down into Settle to take refreshment in "The Folly" cafe!
The drive up out of Settle on the minor road to Malham Tarn affords spectacular views to the north including the sight of Pen-y-ghent
View of Pen-y-ghent from above Settle
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