Middleham
Middleham
A small town near Leyburn, with wonderful historic interest. Above the village rises the ruin of mighty Middleham Castle, 12th centurystronghold of the Neville family. The castle keep and walls still stand to a good height and there are displays on Richard III's link to the town, and an exhibit on the Middleton Jewel, discovered near the castle.
The parish church is dedicated to St Akelda, a murdered Saxon princess, and a holy well dedicated to the saint stands nearby. In the market square is the Swine Cross, a remnant of a carved medieval cross thought to represent a boar. The ruins of Jervaulx Abbey are 3 miles south of the town.