History of Skipton

Come to Skipton and delve into this Yorkshire town’s rich History

One of the jewels in the crown of Yorkshire, Skipton is a fine example of an English town sitting on the very edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

Winner of the Great British High Street in 2009, the citizens pride themselves on the picturesque nature of their rural town, a settlement that has been recorded as far back as 1085.

The town was the victim of many raids from rampaging Scots during the 11th Century, with the basic timber fort proving to be little challenge to an invading force. Soon though, a castle would be erected on the same spot, one that would would not only act as a successful buffer between invading forces and those protected within, but would remain more or less intact for more or less 900 years.

The Castle was to be the stand off point for a 3-year long siege during the English Civil War ending in 1645, which resulted in an honourable defeat for the Castle defenders. Following the war, the castle was restored by Lady Anne Clifford and the building has been worked on and renovated regularly ever since.

The town has prospered greatly since the construction of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in 1816. Positioned conveniently between the two Northern Power Houses, Skipton has a great history of textiles production and manufacture – a tradition that continues to this day with many local group and communities producing great knitted and sewn works.

By the time 20th Century had come round and both World Wars had been resolved, there were around eight textiles factories operating simultaneously, providing ample work for the people of the local community.┬áToday, with the town’s major industrial days well behind it, Skipton is now home to a thriving commercial shopping centre in addition to a vibrant market that sets up camp in the town four days a week.

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