Wensley, North Yorkshire

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Not to be confused with Wensley, Derbyshire.
Wensley Church.jpg
Holy Trinity Church, Wensley
Wensley is located in North Yorkshire
Wensley shown within North Yorkshire
Population 151 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SE092895
• London 200 mi (320 km) SSE
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DL8
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places
54°18′06″N 1°51′31″W / 54.30175°N 1.85862°W / 54.30175; -1.85862Coordinates: 54°18′06″N 1°51′31″W / 54.30175°N 1.85862°W / 54.30175; -1.85862

Wensley is a small village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the A684 road and approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west from Leyburn. The River Ure passes through the village.

Wensley gives its name to the dale Wensleydale.

For a century after its charter in 1202, Wensley had the only market in the dale and this continued into the 16th century. Plague struck Wensley in 1563,[2] some surviving villagers fled to Leyburn, but the village recovered a century later when Charles Paulet built Bolton Hall in 1678 and became Duke of Bolton.[3] The present Bolton Hall is a rebuild after a fire in 1902.[4]

Wensley's Holy Trinity Church dates to 1300 and is a Grade I listed building.[5] It is featured as the wedding venue of James and Helen Herriot in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "The Last Furlong".[6]

Wensley's railway station is now closed. It was situated 1 mile to the north between Wensley and Preston-under-Scar, on the Wensleydale Railway line which still passes the village.


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Hogg, Chris (2013). Wensleydale & Coverdale through time. Stroud: Amberley. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-4456-1941-5. 
  3. ^ Speight, Harry (1897). "XXXVII: Bolton Hall, Redmire and Preston-under-Scar". Romantic Richmondshire. London: Elliot Stock. p. 394. OCLC 500106879. 
  4. ^ "Bolton Hall Destroyed", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 – 1931), 17 October 1902. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 3 February 2012
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of Hoy Trinity (1130879)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "All Creatures Great and Small – Filming Locations". IMDB. Retrieved 8 November 2015. 

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