Kettlewell Village Store was established by the Inman family in 1877.
Utilising stone from a derelict mill situated alongside the beck, they
built the shop and a large house onto an existing miner’s cottage.
The land on which it stands has always been the centre of the village.
In Roman times a cob castle stood on the same site, which was the crossing
point of the beck for a Roman road from Bainbridge to Ilkley.
Coins from the 3rd century AD were found in the shop garden and are
exhibited in the Craven Museum in Skipton.
The shelving and woodwork in the shop mostly dates from its original construction,
as does the picturesque exterior. Where there would once have been a serving counter
all round the shop, more recent requirements, such as fridges and freezers, mean that
the counter area has reduced. Originally the cellars beneath the shop were ‘keeping cellars’
for items such as cheese, bacon, meats and other dairy products. The cellars are now the
home of Ewedale Model Village.
Due to the antiquity of the shop fascia and fittings, we have been used as a ‘set’
in a number of productions. The most famous film was Calendar Girls, in which the shop
became Cora’s Tea Room. It has also appeared in advertisements for Skipton Building Society
and Mrs Kipling’s cakes.
Today the shop continues to serve the residents of Kettlewell and the surrounding
villages, and the many tourists who visit Wharfedale.