An historic, aristocratic market town
Although possibly one of the busiest of small market towns, Helmsley is one of the most picturesque.
The main square, where the market is held every Friday, is bordered by shops, restaurants, attractive inns and several rather up-market looking specialist food shops.
The Centre of the Square is dominated by a large monument - a memorial to Lord Feversham..It was erected at a cost of £800 - a considerable fortune then - and was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott. It bears quite a resemblance to Scott’s Monument in Princess St. Edinburgh.The white marble statue standing on the base under the canopy, represents Lord Feversham in his robes. It cost £600, and was paid for by the Lord’s family - the Duncombes of Duncombe Park from whom the Earls of Feversham are descended.
The white marble statue standing on the bse, represents Lord Feversham
in his robes. It cost £600, and was paid for by the Lord’s family - the Duncombes of Duncombe Park, Dunscombe from whom the Earls of Feversham are descended.
It must have made quite an impresion on the local, village people when it was first erected. Unfotunately it is now very difficult to get a clear view of the memorial without also taking in much of the car park.
"Grocery and delicatessan"
The tempting, well-stocked shops around the market place are a reminder that this small town is close to huntin' and fishin' country and that in the vicinity there are still some wealthy estates.
"Something for visitors too."
The expensive looking window dressing to be seen here in all the shops indicates that visitors are also catered for with small, and not so small, examples of souvenir Yorkshire goodies.