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ASKRIGG. ( Darrowby) and LEYBURN.

Herriot Country

ASKRIGG, Fireplace in Kings Arms pub.      Drovers Arms in TV series.

ASKRIGG, Fireplace in Kings Arms pub. Drovers Arms in TV series.

My journey from home was train to Darlington, bus to Richmond, then bus to Leyburn on by bus to Askrigg. The bus was through lovely hills of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
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Skeldale House in TV series.  Now a Guest House.

Skeldale House in TV series. Now a Guest House.

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Strange hooks in ceiling of Kings Arms Pub Askrigg.

Strange hooks in ceiling of Kings Arms Pub Askrigg.

DSCN1324.JPG[[https://--------------------------------Leyburn is a thriving market town in Lower Wensleydale North Yorkshire England ,in the rolling hills . I had an hour to fill ,before my bus to Askrigg. I have been to Leyburn several times before, but not to Askrigg, so i entered the Posthorn Cafe for a pot of tea and a cheese scone. A friendly place,the young man welcomed at the door ,everybody who entered,. ---------------- The bus to Askrigg was number 156, a 16 seater mini bus destination Hawes. It took 30 minutes from Leyburn to Askrigg.-----------Askrigg was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, then called Ascric. The first market was held in 1587, granted by Queen Elizabeth the first. -- Askrigg is a small village,with a long main street. It is 12 miles from Leyburn, and 5 miles from Hawes. Population is around 560. The houses are 18th and 19th century, stone structures. The old market cross is from 1830. The parish church of St. Oswald is from 1466. The Kings Arms Pub is from 1767------------- Askrigg was featured in the 1970/80s BBC Tv series "All Creatures Great And Small",about The life of fictional Dales Vet James Herriot. The Kings Arms pub was the "Drovers Arms "Pub, and Cleaner house was "Skeldale House" where the Vet lived.---The churchyard was featured in a episode in 1978.---- I would say that Askrigg does well out of tourists because of the tv series, still repeated today.

Posted by alectrevor 06:04

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Thanks for your presentation, Alec!

by Vic_IV

Lovely towns. BTW, James Herriot is not fictional. He was a real vet in the Yorkshire Dales. James Herriot was his pen name; his real name was James Alfred Wight. He lived and practiced in Thirsk for years and wrote several books about his experiences there. I haven't seen the tv series but I've read the books at least twice each and we made a point of visiting the James Herriot Museum in Thirsk last year when we were in that area. He is the reason we visited the Yorkshire Dales. Needless to say, we thank him greatly because we absolutely loved all we saw of Yorkshire. It is magnificent country. Very coincidentally, his dates were very close to my own father's dates. Wight lived from Oct. 1916 to Feb. 1995 and my father from May 1916 to August 1995. They lived in an extraordinary era . . . a lot of history.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally. Thanks for you comments.--- Alf Wight wrote semi-biographical stories using the name Herriot, to me the name is fictional. any way great stories. Alec.

by alectrevor

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