A new book charting the history of the small market town of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales has been published by the North Craven Heritage Trust.
Settle: A Historic Market Town, by David Johnson, with a foreword by His Grace the 12th Duke of Devonshire, covers the town’s history from its early origins with topics such as commerce, textiles, people and buildings all written in the author’s very readable style.
David, who has researched and written extensively about the archaeology and history of the Yorkshire Dales, said: "Settle is obviously a small town but it has a long and rich history, some of it visible in the town's buildings, some in the surrounding field systems. There is always the danger that information is lost as time passes and this book was written to avoid this happening. It is a very personal book and I hope residents and visitors alike will enjoy reading it as much as I have thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing it."
The book was part-funded by Stories in Stone, a programme of community and heritage projects developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, which is led by Clapham-based charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT) and mainly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, thanks to National Lottery players.
Don Gamble, Stories in Stone Manager, added: “I’m delighted that YDMT has been able to support the publication of this great book. Settle is such a wonderful place, and David’s fascinating book, by detailing its long history and the interesting characters who shaped it, helps us to understand and appreciate it even more.”
The publication is full of interesting details and illustrations and will appeal to a wide audience.