Yorkshire Travel Guide - Gazetteer
A personal guide to Yorkshire, England, highlighting attractions, history, and visitor information.
Yorkshire Travel Guide - Towns and Villages
This page Market Weighton - Richmond
A large market town, billing itself as 'The heart of the Yorkshire wolds'. Market Weighton makes much of its most famous native, William 'Giant' Bradley. Bradley was born in 1787 and grew to 7'9" in height. He made a living exhibiting himself at fairs around the country.
A small town near Leyburn, with wonderful historic interest. Above the village rises the ruin of mighty Middleham Castle, 12th c stronghold of the Neville family in the Middle ages. The castle keep and walls still stand to a good height. 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.
An attractive village in Swaledale, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Muker dates to the era of Norse settlement in northern England. The church was of medieval origins but was substantially rebuilt in 1580. The village is a popular starting point for walks around Swaledale and across the norther dales of the national park.
A market town situated in north Yorkshire between the Yorkshire Dales and Moors, Northallerton was the county town of the North Riding. There was probably a Roman settlement here, for Roman artefacts have been found nearby, but the town itself was founded in the Saxon era, and later gained a royal charter as a market town. Northallerton gained prosperity as a coaching waystation, and later, as a railway centre. Easby Abbey is close by, and six miles away are the extensive ruins of the medieval Mount Grace Priory.
A very attractive village on the western fringe of the North York Moors. John Wesley preached here on several occasions, and Osmotherley is home to the oldest Methodist chapel in the world (1754). Much older is St Peter's church, built upon Saxon foundations, with much Norman work remaining. Just outside Osmotherley is Mount Grace Priory, a Carthusian monastery dating to the 14th century.
An attractive village in Nidderdale, in the northern Yorkshire Dales. The Nidderdale Museum in the village tells the story of Pateley Bridge's history as a centre for lead mining. Nearby is How Stean Gorge, a limestone cleft known as 'Little Switzerland'. The village is home to a popular annual agricultural show.
A bustling market town on the southern fringe of the North York Moors. Pickering acts as the southern terminus of a steam railway which runs north to Grosmont. The parish church has some of the finest medieval wall paintings anywhere in England. They were discovered hidden under layers of whitewash. The remains of a motte and bailey castle rise above the town. Richard II was held here in 1400 before being moved to Pontefract Castle.
A market town in west Yorkshire, Pontefract is noted as the location of imposing Pontefract Castle, where Richard II met his untimely end, probably murdered, in 1399. The remains of the castle are still imposing, but little remains of the Cluniac priory of Pontefract Abbey, founded in 1090. Remains of a Neolithic henge monument was recently discovered just outside Pontefract at Ferrybridge.
A small village on the Yorkshire coast north of Scarborough and close to Robin Hood's Bay. Ravenscar was the site of a Roman signal station. The current Raven Hall Hotel was once owned by Dr Francis Willis, doctor to King George III. The village lies at the eastern end of the Lyke Wake Walk trail.
An attractive market town on the River Swale. The impressive ruins of Richmond Castle rise above the town, and look down on the market square. In the square is the Green Howards regimental museum. There are fine examples of Georgian architecture in Richmond, including the Georgian Theatrre Royal, founded by Samuel Butler in 1788. A short walk away are the lovely remains of Easby Abbey, a medieval monastery on the banks of the river.
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