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Historic Buildings and Sites

Bolton Priory, Skipton Castle, Lime Kilns, drystone walls and field barns are just some of the interesting clues to the heritage of Craven.

Skipton Castle, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AW
Skipton Castle was built around 1090 by Robert de Romille, who came over from Normandy with William I in 1066. In 1310 the castle and titles of Skipton passed into the hands of Robert Clifford. During the English Civil War, a Royalist garrison was situated at Skipton Castle, and was the last remaining Royalist stronghold in North England until its surrender on 20 December 1645 after a three-year siege.Lady Anne Clifford was later given permission to restore Skipton Castle as long as the roof could not withstand canon fire. It remains one of the most complete and best preserved mediaeval castles in Britain.(Directions)

Opening Times: Open to the public daily except Christmas Day, special events throughout the year.

Bolton Abbey Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window Bolton Abbey, Near Skipton, BD23 6EX
The monastery was originally founded at Embsay in 1120. Led by a prior, Bolton Abbey was technically a priory, despite its name. It was founded in 1154 by the Augustinian order, on the banks of the River Wharfe. The land at Bolton, as well as other resources, were given to the order by Lady Alice de Romille of Skipton Castle in 1154.In the early 14th century Scottish raiders caused the temporary abandonment of the site and serious structural damage to the priory. The seal of the priory featured the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child and the phrase sigillum sancte Marie de Bolton.
Opening Hours: Open throughout the year, special events held throughout the year.

Broughton Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window Broughton Hall, Near Skipton, BD23 3AW
The origins of the Tempest family can be traced back to Roger Tempest in 1098. The family have been established in the area for 900 years and the lineage now runs through thirty one generations to the present day.
Stephen Tempest built the present Broughton Hall in 1597. This was originally of Elizabethan architecture later extended in the eighteenth and nineteenth century into the form we see today. The original Hall which was closer to the river was surrounded by a moat and was demolished on completion of the new hall.(Directions)
Limited opening to the public. Events in the grounds.

The Folly Settle Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window The Folly, Settle, BD24 9HS
The Folly is a striking and impressive 17th century house close to the centre of Settle in the heart of Yorkshire's Dales.The Folly was built in 1679 by Richard Preston, a wealthy lawyer. His new house, standing by the old main road into the town, formed the centrepiece of his estate in Settle and was undoubtedly built to make an impact. (Directions)
Opening Times:
Open to the public April to October Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Now housing the Museum of North Craven Life and regular exhibitions.

Giggleswick School Chapel Giggleswick School Chapel, Giggleswick, BD24 0DE
The Chapel was the gift of Walter Morrison of Malham to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. He commissioned T G Jackson, a leading architect of the time; work begun in 1897 and was completed in 1901.
The architect's challenge was to design a Gothic building with a dome (as specified by Morrison) and yet make it appear as if it were natural to the surroundings. It was also Morrison's wish that the building should be finished and furnished in every respect, leaving no room for subsequent intrusion of possibly unsympathetic work, and so the Chapel has become a rare instance of a building in which every detail has been completed and designed by, or under direction of, the same person.
Chapel Opening; Visitors are welcome to visit the Chapel from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.  The Chapel is closed on Bank Holidays and from 20 December to 5 January .(Directions) Other times by arrangement. Visitors must report to the main school reception to obtain the key to the Chapel.

Ribblehead Station and Visitors Center Ribblehead Railway Station, Visitor Centre and Ribblehead Viaduct, LA6 3AS 
This station is now leased by the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust who have completely restored and refurbished it. There are resident caretakers, a small shop selling memorabilia, and its Visitor Centre includes exhibits about the history of the line and the fight to keep it open. An interesting exhibit in the Visitor Centre is the original station sign. The visitor centre also houses a small exhibition about the Midland Railway company, builders of the line and originally the train operators. This is an outreach collection provided by the Roy F. Burrows Midland Collection Trust whose main exhibition is to be found in the Derby Industrial Museum. (Directions)
Closed Mondays