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Beamsley Hospital
Grid reference: SE077524
Location: 53°58’4"N, 1°52’58"W
Population: 139  (2011[1])
Post town: Skipton
Postcode: BD23
Local Government
Council: Craven

Beamsley is a village and civil parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire. It is just within the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and about six miles east of Skipton and two miles north of Addingham. The township is split between the ancient parishes of Skipton and Addingham: the parts in each parish being known as Beamsley-in-Skipton and Beamsley-in-Addingham respectively.

The village lies immediately south of the A59 road[2] and on the eastern bank of the River Wharfe.

According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 149, reducing to 139 at the 2011 Census.[1]

The former Beamsley Methodist Church has been carefully modified, by the Beamsley Project Charitable Trust, to become a self-catering holiday centre for people with disabilities.[3] The quiet roads around Beamsley make it a popular destination with cyclists with the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014 passing through the local area close to Beamsley.[4]

On the other side of the A59 to Beamsley village is the site of Beamsley Hospital. This building was noted for its odd design of seven rooms radiating out from a central area. This meant that to go to a room you had to pass through a chapel which was an encouragement to prayer.[5]

Beamsley Beacon (also known as Howber Hill)[6] is east of the village and rises to 1,070 feet above sea level.[7] The Beacon is notable for its stone cairns, one of which is supposedly there to mark the burial site of a chieftain from the Bronze Age.[8] Stones on the beacon were also used to construct a guard hut during the Napoleonic Wars.[9]

JMW Turner painted a shooting party on Beamsley Beacon in 1816.[10]

In 2015, a memorial was unveiled to the Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew who died when their Lancaster Bomber crashed into the beacon. Four of the crew died and four survived. The bomber was flying out of RAF Leeming when it crashed in fog around midday on 5 November 1945.[11]

Although small, Base 3 Systems, an analytics consultancy[12] and N.Peal, a luxury cashmere designer, have head offices in the village.

Notable residents

  • Christopher Clapham (1608–1686), MP


("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Beamsley)
  1. 1.0 1.1 UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Beamsley Parish (1170216724)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2018 
  2. "Out of Oblivion: A landscape through time". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  3. "Beamsley Project - About us". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  4. "Tour de France in Craven". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  5. Humphery, Angela (12 April 1996). "If you want a holiday in a pigsty..." (in en-GB). The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  6. Hinton, George (8 September 2014). "Picture of the Week". Ilkley Gazette. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  7. "Beamsley Beacon". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  8. "‘Don’t desecrate the chieftain’s grave’". Craven Herald. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  9. "grough — Don't destroy history with your cairns, walkers urged". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  10. "Wallace Collection Online - The Collection". Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  11. White, Clive (5 November 2015). "Canadian airmen remembered on Beamsley Beacon". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  12. "Base 3 Systems". Retrieved 1 May 2019.