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Pateley Bridge is a small market town
Market town
Market town or market right is a legal term, originating in the medieval period, for a European settlement that has the right to host markets, distinguishing it from a village and city...

 in Nidderdale
Nidderdale
Nidderdale is one of the Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England. It is the upper valley of the River Nidd, which flows south through the dale, forming several reservoirs including the Gouthwaite Reservoir, before turning east and eventually joining the River Ouse.The only town in the dale is...

 in the Borough of Harrogate
Harrogate (borough)
Harrogate is a local government district and borough of North Yorkshire, England. Its council is based in the town of Harrogate but it also includes surrounding towns and villages...

, North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan or shire county located in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England, and a ceremonial county primarily in that region but partly in North East England. Created in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972 it covers an area of , making it the largest...

, England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

, on the River Nidd
River Nidd
The River Nidd is a tributary of the River Ouse in the English county of North Yorkshire. In its first few miles it is dammed three times to create Angram Reservoir, Scar House Reservoir and Gouthwaite Reservoir which attract around 150,000 visitors a year...

.

It has the oldest sweet shop in England
England
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 and is the home of the Nidderdale Museum
Nidderdale Museum
The Nidderdale Museum is housed in a former workhouse in the market town of Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, England. Exhibits focus on rural life and include such period room and business displays as a cobbler's workshop, schoolroom, Victorian parlour, general store, 1930s hairdresser's shop and...

.

The last Dales
Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales is the name given to an upland area in Northern England.The area lies within the historic county boundaries of Yorkshire, though it spans the ceremonial counties of North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Cumbria...

 agricultural show
Agricultural show
An agricultural show is a public event showcasing the equipment, animals, sports and recreation associated with agriculture and animal husbandry. The largest comprise a livestock show , a trade fair, competitions, and entertainment...

 of the year, the Nidderdale Show, is held annually on the showground by the River Nidd. The show attracts over 14000 visitors each year.

History


Pateley was first recorded in the 12th century. It takes its name from the Old English
Old English language
Old English or Anglo-Saxon is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by the Anglo-Saxons and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southeastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century...

 paða-leah, meaning "clearing near the paths" and referring to paths up Nidderdale and from Ripon
Ripon
Ripon is a cathedral city, market town and successor parish in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, located at the confluence of two streams of the River Ure in the form of the Laver and Skell. The city is noted for its main feature the Ripon Cathedral which is architecturally...

 to Craven
Craven
Craven is a local government district in North Yorkshire, England that came into being in 1974, centred on the market town of Skipton. In the changes to British local government of that year this district was formed as the merger of Skipton urban district, Settle Rural District and most of Skipton...

, which intersected here.. The local story that the name comes from 'Pate', an old Yorkshire dialect word for 'Badger', is incorrect.

In 1320 the Archbishop of York
Archbishop of York
The Archbishop of York is a high-ranking cleric in the Church of England, second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of York and metropolitan of the Province of York, which covers the northern portion of England as well as the Isle of Man...

 granted a charter for a market and fair at Pateley.

Until 1964, Pateley was the terminus of the railway line
Nidd Valley Railway
The Nidd Valley Railway was a 14 mile long single track branch railway line that ran along the valley of the River Nidd in North Yorkshire, England...

 running up Nidderdale from Nidd Valley Junction, near Harrogate. Between 1907 and 1937, the Nidd Valley Light Railway
Nidd Valley Light Railway
The Nidd Valley Light Railway, was a light railway in upper Nidderdale in North Yorkshire, England. It was owned by Bradford Corporation Waterworks Department and the Corporation also operated its public passenger services...

 ran farther up the dale. Access is now by road, with an hourly bus service from Harrogate
Harrogate
Harrogate is a spa town in North Yorkshire, England. The town is a tourist destination and its visitor attractions include its spa waters, RHS Harlow Carr gardens, and Betty's Tea Rooms. From the town one can explore the nearby Yorkshire Dales national park. Harrogate originated in the 17th...

.

Local government


Pateley Bridge is the largest settlement in the civil parish
Civil parish
In England, a civil parish is a territorial designation and, where they are found, the lowest tier of local government below districts and counties...

 of High and Low Bishopside, historically a township
Township (England)
In England, a township is a local division or district of a large parish containing a village or small town usually having its own church...

 in the large parish of Ripon. High and Low Bishopside was created a civil parish in 1866. Pateley Bridge was granted town status in 1986, and the High and Low Bishopside Parish Council was renamed Pateley Bridge Town Council. However, the official name of the parish remains High and Low Bishopside.

The parish is bounded on the west by the River Nidd
River Nidd
The River Nidd is a tributary of the River Ouse in the English county of North Yorkshire. In its first few miles it is dammed three times to create Angram Reservoir, Scar House Reservoir and Gouthwaite Reservoir which attract around 150,000 visitors a year...

, and includes a large area of moorland to the east of the town. Other settlements in the parish include the southern part of Wath, Glasshouses
Glasshouses
Glasshouses is a small village in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, England. It lies about 1 mile south east of Pateley Bridge on the east side of Nidderdale and has a recently rebuilt river bridge across the river Nidd....

, Wilsill, Blazefield and Fell Beck. The district of Bridgehouse Gate, on the west bank of the Nidd close to Pateley Bridge, is in the parish of Bewerley
Bewerley
Bewerley is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England, about twelve miles west of Ripon. The parish includes the urban area of Pateley Bridge west of the River Nidd , and the village of Greenhow, as well as Bewerley village...

.

In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,153.

Amenities


Bed & breakfast houses, church and chapel, garage (Nidderdale Motors), hotels, Nidderdale Museum
Nidderdale Museum
The Nidderdale Museum is housed in a former workhouse in the market town of Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, England. Exhibits focus on rural life and include such period room and business displays as a cobbler's workshop, schoolroom, Victorian parlour, general store, 1930s hairdresser's shop and...

, primary school, public houses, public library, public park, restaurants, secondary school, shops and theatre (Pateley Playhouse
Pateley Playhouse
The Pateley Playhouse is a small amateur-run theatre in the town of Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, England.The building was initially a Primitive Methodist Chapel but was abandoned in the late 1930s. It was bought by the Pateley Bridge Dramatic Society, a local group active since...

). Bewerley Park Centre for Outdoor Education is in the nearby village of Bewerley
Bewerley
Bewerley is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England, about twelve miles west of Ripon. The parish includes the urban area of Pateley Bridge west of the River Nidd , and the village of Greenhow, as well as Bewerley village...

. Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks
The Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations located on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 metres in an area owned by the National Trust which is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty....

 and Stump Cross Caverns
Stump Cross Caverns
Stump Cross Caverns is a limestone cave system between Wharfedale and Nidderdale in North Yorkshire, England.-Geography:The caverns at Stump Cross are located beneath Greenhow hill, 1275 metres above sea level. Their name was taken from Stump Cross, which in ancient times marked the limit of...

are also close by.

The town also serves as a sporting hub, with several teams (known collectively as 'The Badgers') competing in football, cricket and crown green bowling.

The football team, known as Pateley Bridge FC currently competes in the 14 level of the footballing pyramid in the Harrogate and District Football League Premier.

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