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HISTORY OF KETTLEWELL

 

The Smithy Gift Shop, KettlewellKETTLEWELL

Kettlewell is a popular holiday centre located in the beautiful Upper Wharfedale.

The village offers local amenities including a children's playground, general store, post office, tea rooms, gift shop, public houses, bistro, garage and outdoor clothing shop.

Visit the Official Kettlewell Website for detailed informatio

The Bluebell Inn, Kettlewell
It is believed that the name Kettlewell is Anglo Saxon and comes from Cetel Wella which means a bubbling spring or stream. Signs of their farming methods can still be seen in terraced fields to the south of the village.

Traces of Brigantines and Roman
occupation have also been found.

Kettlewell was mentioned in the Doomsday book, and has had a long and varied history.

There was once a busy and important Thursday Market mainly selling corn and took place in the square opposite the Kings Head Inn.

Visit the Kettlewell History pages for more information.

 
 

SCARECROW FESTIVAL

 

The Kettlewell Scarecrow festival  fiddler on the roofIn 1994, scarecrows first took over Kettlewell village as part of a fundraising 'Fun Day' for Kettlewell's School.

Due to the overwhelming support and enthusiasm of the villages, there were over 110 scarecrows displayed throughout the village in gardens, on roofs
and even in the churchyard.

The scarecrow figures were many and varied ranging from chimney sweeps, vicar's and clowns to bride's, fisherman, babies and even a cyclist.

A great day out for all the family in August.

Visit the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival for more information

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