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Tot Lord Town Trail Settle

 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]

  • Settle Market Place - the Tot Lord Town Trail starts next to the Town Hall
    Settle Market Place - the Tot Lord Town Trail starts next to the Town Hall
  • Commercial Street
    Commercial Street
  • Warehouse Hill
    Warehouse Hill
  • Tot's Dad, Thomas, grocer, pig dealer, and carrier
    Tot's Dad, Thomas, grocer, pig dealer, and carrier
  • The Snow Castle - Tot's grandad Thomas - far left - helped to build it
    The Snow Castle - Tot's grandad Thomas - far left - helped to build it
  • J. Lord and Son, Grocers and Drapers - the last shop to close in Upper Settle
    J. Lord and Son, Grocers and Drapers - the last shop to close in Upper Settle
  • Is Settle's oldest feature behind this arch?
    Is Settle's oldest feature behind this arch?
  • Town Head House, Settle,home of the Pig Yard Club Museum
    Town Head House, Settle,home of the Pig Yard Club Museum
  • Tot and family once lived in a small Commercial Street Cottage
    Tot and family once lived in a small Commercial Street Cottage
Settle Market Place - the Tot Lord Town Trail starts next to the Town Hall
Settle Market Place - the Tot Lord Town Trail starts next to the Town Hall

The entertaining  Tot Lord Local History Town Trail guided tour  will recommence this summer.
Tours will take place on Thursday 31st July 2014, as well as every Thursday in August - 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 2014.

Meet outside Settle TIC at 6.30pm for the tour which lasts for an hour and three quarters.  £4.00 to attend - with all proceeds donated to Oxfam.

Now in it's fourth season, this is the only tour of it's kind in Settle, and your presence would be greatly appreciated.

Ring to confirm your place on 015242 42414


 

How to find the start:

Settle Tourist Information Centre Town Hall Cheapside SETTLE