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Time, please!

  • Posted On: 12 November 2019
Time, please!

A new book about former drinking establishments in the Yorkshire Dales through the ages has been published by the North Craven Heritage Trust.

Time, Please! ‘Lost’ Inns, Pubs and Alehouses of the Yorkshire Dales, by David Johnson, features some 160 former alehouses, inns and taverns located throughout the Dales.

David, who has researched and written extensively about the archaeology and history of the Yorkshire Dales, said: “I really don’t know why, but for many people ‘lost’ pubs seem to have a romantic attraction. Maybe it’s because in times past the pub was arguably at least as important as the church in village life. This is the first book to draw together a host of former drinking houses in the Dales, many of which will surprise the reader”.

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.

Chris Lodge, Stories in Stone Project Officer, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to support the publication of this fascinating book. It includes a wealth of information about an important aspect of Dales life and is full of interesting details.”

The publication is timely with the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign in the national news at the moment and, with Christmas just around the corner, it will make an excellent present for ale aficionados as well as those interested in local history.

The A5, 126-page book is available from local outlets and costs £9.99. It is also available online from www.ydmt.org/shop or https://retail.yorkshiredales.org.uk/.

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