Burnsall

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Burnsall
Burnsall-river, bridge, chapel, church, fell.jpg
Village of Burnsall, from east above, showing bridge, Wharfe, chapel, Dalesway path (2008)
Burnsall is located in North Yorkshire
Burnsall
Burnsall
 Burnsall shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE031615
Civil parish Burnsall
District Craven
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SKIPTON
Postcode district BD23
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Skipton and Ripon
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Coordinates: 54°02′59″N 1°57′11″W / 54.049590°N 1.953070°W / 54.049590; -1.953070

Burnsall is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the River Wharfe in Wharfedale, with a five-arched bridge over which the Dalesway passes, and is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 2 miles (3.2 km) south-east of Hebden, along a river path dated to Viking times. Although the 2001 census gave it a population of only 112, the village has a parish church, a chapel, a primary school (housed in the original grammar school building of 1602, which is a grade II listed building), two hotels with restaurants, and a pub. Because of its charm and location, Burnsall, with a large, grassy parking area, is a favoured site for walkers, trout fishers, picnics, weddings and other ceremonies. The school building, like the much-photographed bridge (also grade II listed), is an early 17th-century legacy of William Craven of nearby Appletreewick.

The Old Grammar School in Burnsall, founded by William Craven in 1601.[1]

St Wilfrid's Church (a grade I listed building) is almost entirely Perpendicular. Amongst its well-known internal features are an 11th-century font carved with bird and beasts, twelve Anglo-Saxon sculpture fragments and a 14th-century alabaster panel depicting the Adoration of the Magi. The church-yard, which has a number of interesting grave-stones, is entered from the main road by a large and well-kept Lychgate.

The ancient parish of Burnsall occupied a large part of upper Wharfedale. It included the townships of Appletreewick, Bordley, Conistone with Kilnsey, Cracoe, Hartlington, Hetton, Rylstone and Thorpe, all of which became separate civil parishes in 1866.[2] The parish was in Staincliffe Wapentake and in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it was transferred to North Yorkshire.

Diversions available include fishing for trout, and the annual feast day games in August which include amateur competitions, tug of war and fell races. The green, closely mown, cricket pitch could be considered as one of the most scenic in England, with Burnsall Fell in the background and the river encircling half its boundary.

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