Place:Wensley, North Riding of Yorkshire, England

Alt namesWensleysource: from redirect
Wensleydalesource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates54.301°N 1.867°W
Located inNorth Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England    
North Yorkshire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoHang West Wapentake, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandearly county division in which it was located
Leyburn Rural, North Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which the parish was a part 1894-1974
Richmondshire District, North Yorkshire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been situated since 1974
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Wensley (#30 on map) is now a civil parish and a village in the Richmondshire District of North Yorkshire, England, about 1 mile (1.6 km) southwest of Leyburn (#21). It lies on the A684 road and the River Ure passes through the village. It is the origin of the name of the dale Wensleydale. Wensley's Holy Trinity church is one of the finest in the dale, dating back to 1300. It is now a Grade I listed building. The population of the parish as at the UK census of 2011 was 151.

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 and 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. In fact, Bolton Hall, is 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the heart of Wensley, nearer Preston under Scar (#26); the hall was rebuilt after a fire in 1902.

Prior to the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974, Wensley was located in Leyburn Rural District. Historically, it was an ancient or ecclesiastical parish in the Hang West Wapentake.

Image:Leyburn RD complete.png

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