Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A Dales village


Kettlewell village, which hosts the annual Scarecrow Festival, is situated in the upper Wharfe valley, about 20 miles from Saltaire. It is a compact limestone-built village, with the added charm of the little Kettlewell beck running through the centre to join the river. Many of the houses are very old; some have date-stones from the mid-1600s, and some of them are converted from old farms and barns.  There are Anglo-Saxon field systems in the nearby valley, and Roman remains too.  The village became prosperous in the 17th century through lead-mining and at one time had a cotton-mill, as well as being a centre for the local farming industry.

3 comments:

  1. Spent my childhood around beautiful villages like this. That is so quintessentially Yorkshire!

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  2. It couldn't be anywhere else in the world that the Dales could it? The colour of the stone, the lie of the land. And it reminds me - we need to start thinking about our next "one village two views" challenge.

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  3. Beautiful part of the world. I must get up there again some day. Sigh.

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