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Our History

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.

As Manchester House, Late 19th Century
In the 1970's

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.

Thriving in the 21st Century