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The Ancient Parish of KETTLEWELL

[Transcribed information mainly from the early 1820s]

"KETTLEWELL, a market and parish-town, in the east-division and liberty of Staincliffe; 1 miles N. of Skipton, 14 miles from Hawes, 14 from Askrigg, 15 from Middleham and Settle, 16 from Skipton, Pateley Bridge, and Leyburn, 48 from York, 233 from London. Market, Thursday. Fairs, July 6, for pedlary ware; Sept. 2, and Oct. 23, for sheep. Principal Inns, Mason's Arms, Blue Bell, Kings Arms, and Race Horses. Pop. including Starbotton, 663. The Church, rebuilt in 1820, is a vicarage, dedicated to St. Mary (see Churches for photograph), in the deanry of Craven, value, ~5. p.r. 61. 0s. 9d. Patron, The Rev. George Coates.

The Church at Kettlewell which was of high antiquity, probably not later than Henry I. has been pulled down, and a new one in 1820, erected on its site, on the same plan, only a few yards longer.

Kettlewell is situated at the foot of a very steep hill, in a narrow part of Wharfedale, and although the village is large, the buildings are very mean. In the year 1686, this town and Starbotton were nearly destroyed by a violent flood. The situation of these towns is under a large hill, from whence the rain descended with great violence for one hour and a half at the same time the hill on one side opening, and casting up water to a prodigious height, demolished several houses, and filled others with gravel to the chamber windows; the affrighted inhabitants fled for their lives, and the loss was computed at many thousand pounds. --Magna Brit."


"STARBOTTON, in the parish of Kettlewell, liberty of Staincliffe; 2 miles N. of Kettlewell, 15 from Leyburn, 17 from Settle. Pop. included in Kettlewell."

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson 2007]

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