Barden, West Riding

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West Riding
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Barden, Yorks W.R.
Grid reference: SE050571
Location: 54°-0’39"N, 1°55’27"W
Post town: Skipton
Postcode: BD23
Local Government
Council: Craven

Barden is a civil parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It consists of the hamlet of Drebley and a few scattered houses in Wharfedale in the Yorkshire Dales. The township also includes two areas of moorland, Barden Fell to the east of the River Wharfe and Barden Moor to the west of the river. Both moorlands are open-access land, and are popular with walkers. Barden Fell rises to the prominent peak of Simon's Seat, and Barden Moor includes two scenic 19th-century reservoirs. Much of the parish is on the Bolton Abbey estate.[1]

The township is sparsely populated. At the 2011 Census the population of the civil parish was less than 100.

Buildings and history

To the south, Barden Tower is a ruined late-15th-century tower house built by Sir Henry Clifford.[2] This was made Henry Clifford, 10th Baron de Clifford's chief residence after the Clifford estates, confiscated by the Yorkists, were restored to him on the accession of Henry VII.[3] Because Clifford led a troop of dalesmen to victory at the Battle of Flodden, halberds used at that battle were passed down to descendants and, as late as the middle of the 20th century, could still be found in some farmhouses in the area.[3]

Earlier there was also a mill used for drying and grinding corn (Hough Mill) which was rebuilt by Lady Anne Clifford in 1657. This fell out of use after Skyreholme Dam burst in 1899, sweeping away the smaller dam which supplied the mill. Tom Lister, the last besom-maker of Wharfedale made his wares in the top story during the 1930s.[3]

Near Barden Tower, Barden Bridge carries a single track local road across the River Wharfe, linking together the parts of the parish on both banks. At a further remove, the bridge also gives access to Appletreewick and Parcevall Hall from the B6160 road. The bridge was built in 1659 and is Grade-II listed.[4]


  1. "Walking". Bolton Abbey Estate. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. Historic England. "Barden Tower (48258)". PastScape. Retrieved 15 June 2011 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Pontefract, E. & Hartley, M. Wharfedale (1943 reprint) Dent & Sons
  4. "Barden Bridge". Retrieved 9 July 2018. 

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