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Skipton."Gateway to the Dales"

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Skipton,in north Yorkshire,is a traditional market town,with its origins going back more than a thousand years.It takes its name from"sceap",the old Anglo Saxon word for sheep,being recorded in the Domesday book as “Sceapton”(Sheep town),where they still hold a sheep day,and all the animals,Shepherds,tractors,etc ,parade down the high street.It happened to be the day after out visit,on 4th July,this year,so sadly missed it.

Skipton Castle,founded around 1090,by one of William the Conquerer’s Barons,is one of the best-preserved and most complete medieval castles in England,despite enduring a three year siege in the Civil War.
After the battle of Marston Moor,it was the only Royalist stronghold left in the north.Owned by King Edward 1 and Edward11 from1310,it became the stronghold of the Clifford Lords.After surrendering in 1645,Cromwell ordered the removal of the castle roof,but 10 years later,Lady Anne Clifford was allowed to replace them,on condition they were not strong enough to bear firing cannon.She also planted the great Yew tree in the courtyard in 1659.The coat of Arms of John Clifford,the infamous ‘Bloody’ Clifford of Shakespeare’s Henry VI,can be seen at the entrance to the courtyard.The castle is open to the public,and the tour is excellent,having done this on one of our “day’s out” courtesy of our former Employers.Unfortunately,we were unable to get a complete view of the Castle,as it is obscured by many trees.


Holy Trinity Church,next to the castle..

Leeds/Liverpool canal.
A very popular place for a leisurely cruise on a narrow boat.All manner of trips are available,and can highly recommend the ‘cream tea’one…:o))


Skipton Market……This is held 4 days per week,along both sides of the High street,…a very broad street…!selling almost everything you can think of,.so interesting to browse around.After all this,we decided it was lunchtime,after having a morning coffee,which seemed ages since ..,and we spotted,or more to the point ,this gorgeous smell was wafting towards us…and there it was,…a lovely Fish and chip Restaurant ,named very aptly for gardeners…“Bizzy Lizzies”…we just had to go in..and it was delicious.All too soon,it was time to catch the bus to Ilkley,and train to Huddersfield.. a lovely day out,and will be returning again ,..and again.A lovely traditonal town,with so much more to see….

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A lovely place :o)

8 Jul, 2010

 

I agree it is a lovely place, have been there a while ago, but hopefully will go again before too long. Nice blog Sandra

8 Jul, 2010

 

I love the towers in the first photo, they are impressive!
Enjoyed the blog, thanks! :)

8 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks,Terra,Cinders,and Tommy.A definite 'must go 'if ever you are in the area.

8 Jul, 2010

 

Lovely blog, Bloomer, my hub knows Skipton as he is a yorkshire lad through and through, he would like to return to live one day !!! one day ?

8 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks,Grandmage,...mmm,a yorkshire lad you say ?...so that explains why he had his head in the water Butt..hiding from the rent man.Lol. Come back ,you are one of us :o))

8 Jul, 2010

 

You have made me laugh so much, will show hub. when he returns, you never know we might come back one day and haunt you all !!

8 Jul, 2010

 

you would be very welcome,Grandmage,and OH,..we will go haunting together.Lol.

8 Jul, 2010

 

Brilliant, you never know maybe one day!!

8 Jul, 2010

 

i love skipton sandra, went a good few years ago now but loved the castle and market, bedroom at hotel looked out on the canal, would love to go again some time, great pics thanx for showing ;o))

8 Jul, 2010

 

Well worth a visit. Thanks for telling us about it. I once drove through Skipton. It was a rainy November evening lol so I didn't see any of it. Such a shame . Maybe I'll see it one day.

8 Jul, 2010

 

I loved this blog Bloomer and the history lesson, it was very interesting. It certainly is a place I`d like to visit one day. I`m glad you enjoyed your day out. :o)

8 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks,San,Hywel and Sandra,glad you enjoyed the history and pics of Skipton.I have never heard anyone say they didn't like it,and hope you all get to visit one day.Well worth it..We are thinking of going up to the Dales soon,for a short break,but will probably stay outside the town,so we can visit other places too.

8 Jul, 2010

 

Loved this Blog, Sandra, and must say my mental image of Skipton is Coronation Street houses, washing hanging across the streets, because my parents, many moons ago, visited a Sussex girl who'd fallen in love with a lad from Skipton and my Mum came back saying how horrible it was ! They obviously didn't see the places you saw today. The Sussex girl never returned to live down South again !

8 Jul, 2010

 

Glad you enjoyed your day Sandra.....brought back memories...particularly of Bizzie Lizzies...,hope you did not have to queue for your fish 'n chips!!

8 Jul, 2010

 

Its amazing how you picture places,Shirley,but used to have to travel through Skipton when I lived in Cumbria as a child,to visit my Grandma and family in yorkshire..no bypass then..and we have always thought it a lovely town.A lot of the more Industrial built up towns did used to be like that,and some still have areas ..but without the Washing... so your mum would have had to travel via them.,probably...no motorways for Mum either ,Lol.Maybe thats the Image she remembered...Coronation St..( lancashire) has a lot to answer for..Lots of people still have that image...

8 Jul, 2010

 

We lived in Chesterfield, Derbyshire for about 18 months when the children were very young and I was struck by the surrounding countryside and Chatsworth House was a wonderful place. Only been back once since then. Mum always comments on the way Paula is pronounced Parlour by her old friend ! Then again, Mum's lived in the same village her whole life !

8 Jul, 2010

 

We did,very much,lou.There are actually 3 "bizzy Lizzies now,.The one we went in,was just at the start of the bridge .It has a take away one at ground level,and upstairs is the eat in part.We got there quite early lunchtime,so only waited a couple of minutes to be seated,but boy,didn't it fill .up quick after us.
I could just eat some now,but am having a cuppa and a Rich Tea biscuit instead...no comparison is there ?.:o(((
Thanks for email too,will reply soon.x

8 Jul, 2010

 

We love Derbyshire too,Shirley,and have visited Chatsworth a few times.Lovely House and gardens...Its strange how all areas have a different accent,our local dialect from the Colne valley,is almost unrecognisable to other parts of Yorkshire...and there is a dialect society to keep it for the future.It is the much older generation that keeps it going mostly.like most other areas.shame really,but it is how things go..

8 Jul, 2010

 

Fantastic blog and history lesson Bloomer~absolutely fascinating my friend, great photos too~would have loved to have joined you, if only Ba, could get her 'Home' and 'End' key sorted! LOL!

9 Jul, 2010

 

Lol,Flori,shame you live so far away,but you will probably have many places to visit in your area,just as nice.I have always loved History,and think ours is
one of the best in the world,alongside Italy ,Greece...well,almost everywhere really.Thanks for your nice comments,and you may well get to go one day.Have a feeling BaTravel,has gone into liquidation...was she fully bonded? : Probably charged too much for extra Baggage.... ..us!! :o)

9 Jul, 2010

 

Baggage....us? Thought we were part of the flight crew.....! LOL! :~))))x

9 Jul, 2010

 

Beautiful photos ...

9 Jul, 2010

 

Lol,Flori.......Thanks Clarice,glad you liked them...

9 Jul, 2010

 

Very interesting blog and lovely photos. The canal boats looks so colourful and I would love to wander round the castle. So many lovely places in Britain that I haven't visited yet!

11 Jul, 2010

 

I agree,we have a wonderful country,and so much to see...Can't beat it really:o)

11 Jul, 2010

 

Love Skipton when I was younger we used to cycle to Skipton and on to Bolton abby and Kettlewell from Halifax

12 Jul, 2010

 

Wow,that was a fair way to go on a bike,Steve,..could you still do it now ?Lol.
We haven't been to Bolton abbey for a long time,and never been to Kettlewell....what's it like please,and is it worth a visit ?

12 Jul, 2010

 

Smashing blog Bloomer, pleased to say its raining steadily so I`m having a catchup browse day, I also love history so have just added Skipton to my places to visit list, many thanks......

12 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks Linclass,you would really enjoy it,a long way for you though,..but one day :o).I am having a catch up day too...so much going on at the moment...

12 Jul, 2010

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