History

Settle is a picturesque market town in the Yorkshire Dales

Settle was first granted a market charter by King Henry III in 1249 and a Tuesday market is held to this day. There is a wide variety of merchandise. The pork pies and cheeses are particularly recommended.

In the seventeenth century, with the advent of the turnpike road and an increase in prosperity for the town, a large number of houses were built or rebuilt from local stone. You can see the Dalestones bearing the date and the owners' initials on many buildings. Much of Settle is a conservation area and many of the lovely stone buildings with their weathered slate roofs are listed.

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No. 3 is part of a terrace of three elegant stone town houses built in the 19th century in the Greek Revival style. The terrace is Grade II listed.

The terrace was for many years home to the local veterinary and medical practices.

In the 19th Century there were five working mills in the town. Most of the buildings are preserved and can be seen as you follow the river path. Settle is still a busy working town as well as a tourist destination. We have a working smithy, a cobbler who will make made to measure shoes and boots and manufacturers of high quality, hand made furniture.

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The famous Settle to Carlisle railway was the last great mainline railway to be built. It was completed in 1876 and presented a tremendous challenge for Victorian engineers. The 21 viaducts, tunnels and picturesque stations were constructed by men who lived a harsh life in shanty towns. Many died through injury or disease and there are several monuments in their memory. The nearby church in Chapel le Dale, in the shadow of the peaks, is worth a visit.

The railway was threatened with closure in 1988 but thanks to relentless campaigning from enthusiasts it is still possible to travel through 73 miles of a beautiful and varied landscape. There are steam trains running on a regular basis.

The Victoria Hall is said to be the oldest surviving Victorian Music Hall in the country. There is a varied programme of music, plays and films, a regular artisans' fair and a Christmas Market. The Settle Amateur Operatic Society, housed in the old Courthouse, has been performing since 1904.