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The town is full of quality independent shops, cafés, inns and restaurants and is home to the world famous Settle-Carlisle Railway.

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Settle is thought to have 7th century Anglian origins, its name being the Angle word for settlement. Craven in the Domesday Book shows that until 1066 Bo was the lord of Settle but after the Harrying of the North (1069 - 1071) the land was granted to Roger de Poitou.

The "little" North Western Railway reached Giggleswick in 1847 and in 1849 the railway company constructed Station Road from Giggleswick to Settle. In 1875 the Settle to Carlisle Railway was built, opening to goods traffic in 1875 and to passengers the following year when Settle railway station opened along with a goods warehouse, cattle pens, signal box and water cranes.[6]

Settle is in the Settle and Ribblebank ward of Craven District Council. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 3,581.[8] There are two councillors both representing the Conservative party.[9] The town is in the Ribblesdale division of North Yorkshire, where it is represented by a Conservative councillor. It is twinned with the French Mediterranean seaside town of Banyuls-sur-Mer.

Settle is served by a town council made up of 11 councillors. The mayor is elected annually. There was no election in 2010 as 11 people put their names forward.

The surrounding limestone landscape abounds with dry stone walls, meadows, scars, peaks (three of them!), field barns, waterfalls, becks, caves, potholes ..... and sheep!

Settle stands beside the largest outcrop of limestone in Britain - in a region of scars, cliffs, caves and potholes. At the rear of Settle a zigzag footpath leads to the summit of Castleberg Crag, which offers a great vantage point of the town in its dale and fell. Next door to Settle, Giggleswick is a typical Dales village, home to the public school where Russell Harty was an English teacher.

Settle District is a bustling market town surrounded by delightful villages, ideally situated between the scenic Yorkshire Dales and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Forest of Bowland.

Settle is the best place in the world (probably!) for the quality of the fell walking, cycling, mountain biking, sight-seeing and the friendly welcome of which you are assured.

Settle combines excellent surrounding landscape for outdoor activities with a bustling town centre, festivals and value for arts and crafts, making it a great base for tourists and locals alike.

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In the late 18th century cotton spinning became the town's main employment. Bridge End Mill was converted from corn milling to cotton spinning. John Procter operated mills at Runley and King's Mill which were taken over by his son Thomas. He built the row of workers' cottages, Procter's Row in Lower Kirkgate. In 1835, Dog Kennel Mill and Brennand's Weaving Shed, Settle had five mills employing 333 people.[7]

Settle has two schools, with Settle Primary School[22] and Settle College.[23] Settle Middle School closed as part of the money-saving measures taken by North Yorkshire County Council. To the west of the town is Giggleswick School, one of the principal public schools in the North of England, founded in 1512.

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Settle is a bustling market town in one of the most scenic areas of the Yorkshire Dales. It is well-known world-wide as the starting point of the Settle-Carlisle Railway and as a gateway to the Three Peaks of Penyghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. It is a great base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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Fine great folk music and dance in Settle in the first weekend of September.

In 1249 a market charter was granted to Henry de Percy, 7th feudal baron of Topcliffe by Henry III. A market square developed and the main route through the medieval town was aligned on an east-west direction, from Albert Hill, Victoria Street, High Street and Cheapside and on through Kirkgate. This road led to Giggleswick where the citizens attended the parish church. The first bridge over the River Ribble was mentioned in 1498.

During the English Civil War, the Cliffords, the lords of the manor were Royalists, but their subjects were not. John Lambert of Calton in Malhamdale, was a general in Cromwell's army and his troops camped at Settle in August 1651 while on the road to an encounter in Lancaster.


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Settle's market is held weekly on Tuesdays in Victoria Hall in the town centre.[10] Settle Town Hall was sold by Craven District Council to a developer.[11] The Square is surrounded by local businesses, most of which are family-owned, with some offering items for sale unique to the Settle area. The Naked Man is believed to be the oldest cafe in the country.[12]

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With a wealth of interesting shops, welcoming cafes and historic buildings to visit, Settle District is a great place visit and to relax and enjoy the scenery. Alternatively its the perfect base to get out into the scenery and enjoy walking, riding, cycling, caving and a host of other outdoor activities. Home of the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway we have easy access by road and rail to visit Settle and a host of things to do, see and enjoy when you get here.

The Gallery on the Green[18] is thought to be the smallest art gallery in the world: drawings, paintings, photographs and other works are housed in a former BT telephone kiosk. Gavagan Arts at Linton Court Gallery[19] is situated in a courtyard off Duke Street. The gallery presents a series of temporary exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

This is the definitive guide to the accommodation and tourism of the Settle, Ribblesdale and Three Peaks area.

Daniel Defoe wrote "Settle is the capital of an isolated little kingdom of its own surrounded by barren hills."[2]:p.163 Because of its remoteness Settle saw mostly local commerce.[3] The old roads were pack horse trails[2]:p.105 and drovers' roads along hilltops[4]:p.6 because the valley was soft and swampy before field drainage and the dredging of stream estuaries.[2]:p.105

The composer Edward Elgar visited Settle on many occasions to visit his friend Dr Charles William Buck. There is a blue plaque at Cravendale to commemorate this.[21]

During the summer months the town is decorated with flowerpot figures and displays!

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As a place to live Settle District offers an enviable lifestyle in a wonderful environment. We have easy rail and road links together with excellent schools, housing and medical care. As a place to do business you’ll find a thriving arts & crafts ethos, practical business support, a booming tourist industry and an active Chamber of Trade.