Tot Lord (1899-1965) has been described as, 'one of Settle's greatest citizens.' The famous Dales writers, Marie Hartley and Joan Ingilby described him in a single word, 'remarkable,' with an old family friend, Edinburgh Surgeon Dr. James F. Riley writing that, 'Tot was as much a part of Settle as Castleberg Rock.'
The Tot Lord Trail is a local history tour of Settle and is conducted by Tot's grandson, Richard Whinray. Following in Tot's footsteps, the trail commences in the market place, where the Lord family once sold all manner of fruit and vegetables, before winding it's way through the oldest parts of the town, looking at the history of buildings and other places which are associated with the story of Tot Lord.
The trail, which takes approximately an hour and a half to complete should appeal to local people, and visitors to the town. Along the you will find out why Tot's ancestor, Robert Hartley of the Golden Lion Hotel, was summoned to appear at Court in Lancaster. You will discover why the unfortunate Reverend William Birkbeck is spinning in his grave.... and you will visit the place where a childhood prank almost saw Tot being blown to smithereens.
No Tot Lord tour would be complete without a good mention of Tot's famous museum, 'The Pig Yard Club,' no longer existent, but which in it's day was described as by far the greatest private collection in the North of England. It's great cave collection, which included finds from Victoria Cave, was described as being utterly amazing.
The tour also visits places where Tot once lived, including the place where behind an old, old door, which hasn't been opened for well over a quarter of a century, it is suggested that Settle's most ancient building feature can still be found.
For more details contact Settle Tourist Information Centre, or call 015242 42414, or [email protected]