Four miles south west of Wetherby, at the heart of the so-called golden triangle of Wetherby, Harrogate and Leeds is the idyllic location of the Lower Wharfedale village of East Keswick.
This ancient Domesday Book village lies on a quiet country lane which meanders between Collingham and Shadwell. The community comprises some 1146 people, two pubs, two churches, a twice a week post office, village hall, hairdressers, beauty salon and butchers.
The village is a conservation area surrounded by rich farmland and numerous attractive walks. Its history has been chronicled in a highly acclaimed Millennium Book and probably uniquely, it enjoys its own Wildlife Trust which manages large tracts of local land.
In September 2001, it was awarded Best Village in North of England regional finals of the nationwide competition sponsored by Calor and the Daily Telegraph. Five years later, in the 'best of the best' competition, the village was the Northern Regional Winner.
On July 11th 2002, HM The Queen was driven through the village on her route from Harewood to Leeds and on St Valentine's Day 2003, HRH The Prince of Wales spent more than two hours visiting the village and meeting some of its residents. His Deputy Private Secretary wrote later 'The Prince of Wales has asked me to express to you just how much he enjoyed his visit to East Keswick. It is a remarkable village in every way and it gave him the greatest possible pleasure to visit it and to meet so many residents. The community spirit and sense of identity and belonging impressed him beyond measure'.
- Parish Council kicks up a stink over Main Street leak
- Parish walks dates announced
- Indian restaurant for The Bingley
- Councillor Thornton steps down and Parish Council seeks a new member
- Wildlife Trust AGM takes place on May 19th
- Parish Assembly hears crime has halved from its previous low level
Wildlife Trust walk to Scotts Arms for lunch. Phone 574140 to book a place
First in a new series of Souper Thursdays with soup and a pudding and networking with other villagers. Details from Penny on 573434. Minimum donation £4
The East Keswick Local History Group were offered an old ledger which included mentions of the Moon’s grocery business in the village and the opening of the ‘new’ railway station in Bardsey. Research by Margaret Moseley revealed it to be the work of a Bardsey schoolmaster. On Thursday 31st January you can hear much more about the life and times that this ledger revealed