Introducing this website

This website is brought to you by the Friends of the Dales (formerly the Yorkshire Dales Society). Here you can browse through photos, memories, stories and historical information of relevance to the Yorkshire Dales area of the UK.  

The website has been developed through the Capturing the Past project, which is part of Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The site comprises collections of local historical material, which includes photos, old documents,wills, parish records and the memories of some of those privileged to have lived and worked in these upland communities.

The site is very much a “work in progress”.  Additional collections will be added over the next few months as they are catalogued and digitised and by the spring of 2018 we should be able to offer access to nearly 2000 items (10,000 individual pages) of historical material, much of it not previously available to search on-line.

This is an interactive site and is intended to be a forum for sharing information about the history of the area. You can comment on items posted here and upload material that you believe will be of interest to others. The main aim is to develop over time a sense of place for both those who live and work here now, those whose roots are here and those who are simply interested in these English highlands.

Presently, most material is concerned with the heritage of the ten parishes and townships surrounding Ingleborough.  In due course the site will expand to include material from across the Yorkshire Dales National park area. The parishes are:

To search the site please use the “Search Our Archive” search box on the home page NOT the search box in the menu bar (that’s a Google search).

About us

This website is created by a group of volunteers working with local history groups and private collection owners. We’re always interested in new recruits, so if you would like to help in any way please contact us.

Contributing to the site

You can add a comment about anything on the website by clicking on the ‘Add a comment’ link at the bottom of each page. You can also submit your own photos, stories or information to the site by using our contribution form.  To see our privacy policy and how we shall use your data please go here.

What’s New

To see the latest additions to this site click here

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