Otley – Day 2

Saturday 16th July 2022

We spent this morning in Otley which is a small market town dating back to the Saxon era.Henry 3rd granted it a market charter in 1222 and industries such as linen and cloth weaving were developed later. Stone quarried nearby was used to build the Houses of Parliament.

Markets are held in Otley three times a week in the market place which is also home to The Black Bull pub where parliamentary soldiers gathered before the Battle of Marston Moor, they are said to have drunk the town dry🍺

Small but busy market.

The town was also the birthplace of Thomas Chippendale the famous cabinet maker.

Thomas Chippendale.

As in Ilkley there are lots of small shops and cafes which on a hot day like today were busy with trade, we enjoyed our visit and it wasn’t far to walk back to the site.

There are open views on two sides of the site and we are surrounded by pleasant countryside. Leeds airport isn’t far away and quite regularly passenger jets appear over the ridge you can see in the above photo.

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