Welcome to the Official Addingham Parish Council website
The village is situated about 17miles North West of Leeds in the county of West Yorkshire in northern England. The land to the south slopes up to Rombald’s Moor and to north lays the peak of Beamsley Beacon with the valley of Wharfedale to the west of it going North West into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The river Wharf runs through the edge of the village. The nearest towns are Ilkley (3 miles east) and Skipton (7 miles west).The village grew up on the A65 road (now by-passed) which goes northwest from Leeds, through Skipton and on to Cumbria and the Lake District.
The Skipton to Ilkley railway came to the village in the 1880s but was closed in the 1960s.The area around Addingham was populated from at least Bronze Age times, as shown by the ‘cup & ring’ carved stones found on Rombald’s Moor to the south. The first documentary mention referred to the Archbishop of York staying here in 867AD so it is certainly an ancient settlement.
The village used to be called ’Long Addingham’ because it grew up round three centres - Church Street in the east, The Green (about a mile away) in the west and The Old School in between. The earliest of the existing houses were built in the 17C when it was a farming community, but the real growth was in the late 18C and early 19C when the textile industry arrived and five mills (plus other loom shops and weaving sheds) were established making it a busy industrial community.
During the 20C the textile industry declined and the village is now largely a commuter and retirement community.
Monthly meetings of the Parish Council are open to the public and normally take place on the third Wednesday of every month, at 7pm in the Old School Room, Main Street. Formal notices and the full agenda are posted on village notice boards in the week before the meeting.
The Parish Council’s Planning Committee normally meets at 6.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the Old School Room. These meetings are also open to the public. Please check noticeboards or contact the clerk if you wish to know if and when a particular application is to be discussed, as these meetings are more prone to rearrangement or cancellation at short notice.
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