Settle, a market town about one mile off the A65, sits in the shadow of the imposing 300 foot limestone Castleberg Crag and one of the 21 viaducts along the course of the Settle to Carlisle Railway. The town used to be a stop off point for travellers going from York to Lancaster, but now is more famous for being the start of the Settle-Carlisle railway line. It was granted its market charter in 1249 from Henry III.
Settle railway station
Sign on Settle railway station
The town is at its liveliest on a Tuesday (market day), when stallholders and customers alike descend upon the square. Opposite the square, a historic row of houses, known as the Shambles, dates from the seventeenth century. The Shambles consist of cellared shops and balconied houses. Also opposite the square a former inn, the Naked Man, has an appropriately carved sign dating from 1633. The main design of town buildings is Georgian but there scattered amongst them buildings from the previous century.
Church of The Holy Ascension
The parish church of The Holy Ascension, across from the main car park, dates from 1838. Settle's oldest building, Preston's Folly, built in 1675 is an impressive building consisting of Tudor masonry and many mullioned windows. It is so called because the original owner ran out of money before it was finished.
Lying about one mile north of the town is Settle's golf course.
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