If you’re looking for a charming country village with a rich history and picturesque setting in which to make a home, Addingham, site of our latest development, Parsons Meadow, is hard to beat.
This ancient village was named in the Domesday Book, but easily-visible evidence in the surrounding moors proves that the area has been populated for thousands of years. Rombalds Moor, to the south-east of the village, is home to the Twelve Apostles stone circle as well as numerous stones carved with decorative ‘cup and circle’ patterns, all believed to date back to the Bronze Age.
The incredible surrounding landscape – Addingham is also just south of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – is surely one of the best things about living here, so prepare to lace up your hiking boots and head out to explore the beauty that’s right on your doorstep.
The village itself is made up of traditional, local stone buildings, many of which are hundreds of years old. There are four pubs of similar vintage still serving the village, including the oldest, The Fleece, whose name nods to the long history of sheep farming and spinning in the area, and The Craven Heifer, named for an enormous 19th century cow which was something of a local celebrity! Speaking of farming and spinning, Addingham’s main industry was agriculture until the late 18th century, when textile manufacturing arrived in the village. A series of mills was built along the banks of the River Wharfe, including one that claimed to be the world’s first successful worsted (a fine wool yarn) mill. We’ve named the house styles at Parsons Meadow after prominent local families, including some who were involved in textile manufacturing.
Addingham’s Main Street is home to a series of independent shops and businesses, from hair salons to a second-hand book store to a dog groomer, plus a Co-op supermarket. There’s also a village primary school (rated Good by Ofsted in 2020), various pre-school groups and sports clubs.
The village is a short drive from the pretty former spa town of Ilkley, recently voted the best place to live in the North by The Times newspaper thanks to its eco-conscious community spirit. Skipton and Silsden, with their respective shops, supermarkets, schools and rail links, are also within easy driving distance. Both Harrogate, another popular Victorian spa town, and the city of Leeds are less than 20 miles away.