CHURCH OF ENGLAND
The first church was built here was the early 1100’s and was made of wood. The Monks of Bolton Priory helped build another church in the 1300’s which was extended at the end of the 1400’s.
During the English civil war the tower was damaged, it was restored in the 1650’s with help from Lady Anne Clifford who owned Skipton castle. The tower was repaired again in 1853 after lightning caused damage.
Gas lighting was fitted in the church but as the church got warmer the buriel chambers underneath overheated and caused a smell, a concrete floor had to be fitted.
Galleries that once stood around the inside of the church were taken down and box pews replaced in 1909. Lightning struck again in 1925 and a fire destroyed the organ.
The font is over 700 years old.
The oak screen is 450 years old.
One of the stained glass windows is dedicated to Anne Clifford.
The Sedillia (stone seats) is where priests sat in mediaeval times.
A tomb of George Clifford stands in the Lady Chapel.
The Anchorites cell is where somebody probably lived and prayed in mediaeval times.
Although I haven't ventured inside the library yet, it is one of Skiptons impressive 'solid looking' buildings. In 2010, the library celebrated it's centenary
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The Free Library houses a collection of books, that were collected by Sylvestor Petyt circa 1707, that formed a library in Skipton Parish Church, bearing his name. When he died in 1719, he had added further to this collection. The Church wardens appear to have tended to this library.
In December 1880, this collection was handed over to the Governors of the Grammar School, with the stipulation that they should provide suitable housing for the library, and allow public access.
In September 1914, the collection was placed under the care of Skipton Urban District Council, who were named as Trustees of The Petyt Library Charity, whereby, the books were moved to the Free Library, again with the stipulation that the Public should have free access at 'reasonable times' to view and use these historical books.
By October 1957, the annual funding ceased, but a scheme provided for 'occasional grants to be made'
The Coulthurst Trust were responsible for re- binding of the books (around 5,000 Volumes), which are now housed within the Reference Library, since 1964.
This collection is now owned by Skipton Town Council and Ermystead's School. Access is now closed, meaning that it is by prior arrangement only. A catalogue is available, which must be viewed or purchased and the individual articles requested. Contact the library for details.
Also in the Petyt Library, is The Petyt Collateral, a collection of books about the English Civil War and that period of history. These are available for reference or loan.
Closed Sunday and Tuesdays
See website below for opening hours etc
To commemorate the gold medal winners of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, Royal Mail painted a post box gold, in the winners home City/town/village. Winners were also featured on postage stamps
This box in Skipton commemorates Danielle Brown’s Paralympic gold medal win in the Archery: Women’s Individual Compound.
CLICK HERE For photos of the box being painted, and Danielles Grandmother with commemorative stamps featuring her grand daughter.
Yorkshire had so many medal winners, that at one time during the Olympic games, it was calculated that if Yorkshire had entered as a country, they'd have been 10th in the medal tables!
Yorkshire Gold Medal Winners 2012 Olympics
At nearby Hebden (Not to be confused with Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire) is a gold post box in recognition of Andy Hodges' Men's Four Rowing Gold Medal.
See the website below for a map of where to find these and other Gold Post Boxes
Skipton holds an Annual Sheep Day Festival (In 2013 on Sunday 7th July).
This event remembers the sheep market that was held for centuries,where the High Street stands today, after a charter was granted in 1204 for a weekly market to be held, .
The High Street is closed to traffic, so that events such as Sheep Racing, Sheep herding, Sheep Shearing and even a Sheep Disco are held. Traditional crafts such as Spinning wool and dry stone walling are demonstrated.
A food market with two lines of stalls offers enticing locally produced goods to eat there or take home. The grilled meat stall had me drooling! Cheeses, pickles, Ales and ciders, pies, Delicious calorie laden cakes and buns etc etc.
The shops and cafes etc around the town have Sheep Themed displays. Last year the Town Hall/Tourist Info had a Sheep tombola. Each year, new attractions and events are added. 2012 saw Medieval knights fighting and dancing! 2013 I understand that a 'petting zoo' and a 30ft 'Sleeping Pig' will feature.See the link to Sheep Day website for more info.
Most of the shops are open, so there is chance to bag some bargains, especially in the Outdoors and Camping shops.
Or you can just relax and enjoy one of the Brass Bands or groups playing on the stage near the Town Hall.
As this is such a popular event, accommodation quickly gets booked and the pubs, cafes and restaurants are generally very busy. Parking can be difficult too.CAR PARKS IN SKIPTON There are good Public Transport links by bus and train
After riding on the Steam Train we went back to Skipton and walked down to the Canal, Pennine Cruisers hire Canal boats out and also do all sorts of trips, one of which is a 30 minute cruise up the branch Canal under the Castle and back, only 1/2 a mile each way and an easy walk that we have done a couple of times but we decided to relax on a canal boat for half an hour, It was a nice leisurely journey and when we got past the Castle to the end of the branch canal there was a brief talk about the history of the Canal and castle before returning.
£3 per Adult
Only 5 minutes by car from Skipton is the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, a great little Steam Railway that goes between Embsay station and a new station at Bolton Abbey traveling some really lovely Yorkshire Dales scenery, From Bolton Abbey you can walk the 1 1/2 miles to Bolton Abbey ruins, sit and have a drink or food at the cafe with its large garden or just return on the same train enjoying the ride.
It costs £6 one way, £10 for unlimited travel so you can just go backwards and forwards all day if you want!
They do bot operate every day though so you will have to check the timetable here http://www.embsayboltonabbeyrailway.org.uk/time.html
When we went the Train that was used was called Norman which is my Dads name and it really reminded me of him, I told him about it and he said was it because it was strong and majestic? nI agreed of course but really it was because it did a lot of huffing and puffing as well as venting out a lot of hot air! lol, I'm joking of course.
I really enjoyed it and would certainly do it again!
Possibly the best preserved castle in England - soon after 1090 Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, built a primitive fort here but its timber ramparts did little to stop rampaging Scots during their frequent raids into northern England. It was replaced with a more formidable stone castle which stood on top of a rocky bluff with rising ground to the front and a sheer precipice falling to the Eller Beck behind and it is I think virtually unchanged since then.
The courtyard with its old tree is magnificent and there is so much interest here. Just to see the thickness of the walls and see the commanding views make the admission price worthwhile.
There is a café and toilets as well as picnic areas and guided tours for those that want one.
Pennine Crusiers operate from the Skipton canal basin and offer trips on the canal to Springs Branch on a 30 minute cruise - you get to see the castle from a different angle.
The trip costs £3.00 per person (2013) and is a wonderful journey - you set off from the canal basin and then travel at the back of the shops in the High Street on one side and on the other side a pleasant view of the tow path and houses and flats. You then sail past the castle and you gauge how impressive it is as you look up at it. The boat stops as the canal ends in a turning area and the captain gives a short history of canal life in Skipton - its all in a broad Yorkshire accent and so if you are not English this may pose a problem but I can assure you he is very interesting!
You can also hire canal boats for holidays on the canals from here.
Skipton Town Hall is an impressive Grade 11 listed building, dating from 1862.It houses the Tourist Information Office, The Craven Museum, and many events such as concerts (One of my favourite groups Limehouse Lizzy, had played there the night before -Hmm, if only I'd have known), Record Fairs, Zumba classes, blood doning sessions etc etc
During our visit there was a craft market held in one of the rooms with very ornate ceilings
(pic 3).So it is very much a building for the local community and visitors alike. In November 2012, a series of events were held to celebrate the Town Halls 150th Anniversary.
The Tourist Information Office Is housed on the ground floor, and has lots of useful information,as well as a good range of post cards and gifts in the Craven Museum and Gallery Gift Shop located in this TI Office.
+44 01756 792809
Closed Sundays except First Sunday of each Month 10:00 - 16:00
Open Monday to Saturday
April to October 09:30 - 16:30
November to March 09:30 - 16:00
Craven Museum and Gallery
The Gallery is located on the ground floor, while the museum is on the first floor. Free entrance.I browsed through the galleries exhibits, which mainly depict the social history and heritage of the area.. I didn't get to visit the museum at this visit, but will make the effort next time. The museum is very much 'hands on' for children, where they are encouraged to dress up and try various activities. For the adults, there is the chance to see exhibits relating to Cravens Social History, Archeological finds and costumes.
This small museum surprisingly holds one of only four Shakespeare First Folios on permanent display in the world!
Closed Tuesdays and Sundays except for the first Sunday in the month April to December 10.00-16.00
Monday, Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 - 16.00
Tel: 01756 706407
THE COCK AND BOTTLE VERY NICE SKIPTON LOCAL PUB ,WITH A GOOD CHOICE OF REAL ALES,THIS PUB IS A BEER DRINKERS PUB NO FRILLS SERVEING GOOD FOOD AND REAL ENGLISH ALES.THE INSIDE IS BASIC AND ONLY ONE LONG ROOM,WITH A BEER GARDEN/YARD TO THE REAR OF THE PUB
THE SPRINGS BRANCH IS A HALF MILE LONG CANAL OF THE MAIN LEEDS TO LIVERPOOL CANAL IN SKIPTON.IT TAKES YOU FROM THE JUNCTION OF THE MAIN LINE TO THE REAR OF THE WALLS OF SKIPTON CASTLE.THEN IF YOU SO WISH YOU CAN WALK ON INTO SKIPTON WOODS WHICH IS FILLED WITH THE SENT OF WILD GARLIC,COMMING BACK ROUND TO THE ENTERANCE OF SKIPTON CASTLE.
A VERY PLESANT STROLL TAKEING APROX ONE HR.
Generally, whenever I have been to Skipton - there have been many times - there has always been something going on in the Town Hall (at the weekends).
Most of the time it is a craft fair.
This is where local people (not companies) come and sell their handmade crafts and the products needed to make those crafts. The prices are reasonable and most of the time CHEAP compaired to specialist shops.
Usually there is a fee (50p ish £0.50) to get in, but that goes either to charity or the Town Hall fund. There is always a little fund raising going on (completely optional of course), a novel idea I saw this time was 'Shear the sheep'. It's a different way of doing a tombola.
A sheep is made using a metal net for the body. Winning raffle tickets are placed randomly in pieces of white paper which are rolled up and slid into the holes of the net body. Pull out a winning ticket and collect your prize! As you take the white paper out of the holes in the net, the sheep looks like it's being sheared! Excellent idea!!
The farmers market is on the majority of Saturdays in Skipton, with a large one on Sheep Day.
First of all, markets are always worth a look! Even if you don't buy anything, you may learn something you didn't know, like how many different types of meat you can make sausages out of, or that you are able to buy certain things so readily.
The stall holders come from all over the area to sells their meats, vegetables, cheeses, baked goods, fudge, ice cream, desserts, oils, sauces, dips, chutneys, cider and much more.
It's a great tradition that needs to be kept alive by your support.
This show travelled to Skipton's Sheep Day 2012 (it is not a permanent fixture in Skipton).
They guy who does the show travels around England showing his sheep and what he has trained them to do. His has different breeds of sheep for you to look at, and as part of his show, introduces you to all of his sheep saying and showing you what their talents are.
I'm not going to explain in detail what exactly happens as I don't want to spoil it if you ever get the chance to see it!!
It's worth a giggle and it really pulls in the crowds! So if you see it advertised anywhere, be sure to get their early to enjoy a good view!
This is an annual event held in Skipton, and in 2012, it fell on Sunday 1st July.
There is so much going on along High Street on Sheep day! There is a sheep show (see separate page), small fair ground for the children, live music, a big farmers market, face painting, food and drink to sample (free), demonstrations of geese herding (then getting the children involved too!), sheep racing (place your bets!!), a demonstration of dry-stone walling and modern tractors on display.
There is so much to do and see in one day as all of the shops, pubs and cafes are open too, and some shops get really involved by creating their own 'Sheep Day display'!!
Sheep Day is completely free or charge.
The only things you would have to pay for is the parking (if necessary) and what you decide to buy!