Thursday, 2 May 2013
Hallam's Yard, Skipton
Skipton has lots of sweet little hidden corners and is one of those towns where the new has, on the whole, been skilfully blended with the old, so that it retains a very pleasing and attractive feel. Unlike some towns, residential areas extend right into the town centre. This lovely row of old stone terraced cottages, known as Hallam's Yard, is right beside the Springs Branch of the canal. Hallam's Yard is one of the many narrow cobbled passageways and courtyards that radiate off the High Street like ribs. Historically, these narrow passageways were once strips of medieval landholdings known as tofts and crofts. The toft was where the peasant house was and the croft was its little field, where the family grew vegetables. Traces of this arrangement can still be detected in many English towns and villages.