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North Riding
Wensley Church.jpg
Holy Trinity Church, Wensley
Grid reference: SE092895
Location: 54°18’6"N, 1°51’31"W
Population: 151  (2011)
Postcode: DL8
Local Government
Council: Richmondshire

Wensley is a small village in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on the A684 road about a mile south-west of Leyburn. The River Ure passes through the village.

Wensley gives its name to the dale, Wensleydale.

For a century after its charter in 1202, Wensley had the only market in the dale and this continued into the 16th century. Plague struck Wensley in 1563, some surviving villagers fled to Leyburn, but the village recovered a century later when Charles Paulet built Bolton Hall in 1678 and became Duke of Bolton. Paulet's hall was destroyed by a fire in 1902, and the present Bolton Hall is rebuilt.[1]

Wensley's parish church is Holy Trinity Church. It dates to 1300 and is a Grade I listed building. It has appeared on television portraying the wedding venue of James and Helen Herriot in the television series All Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "The Last Furlong".[2]

Wensley's railway station is now closed. It was a mile to the north of the village, between Wensley and Preston-under-Scar, on the Wensleydale Railway line which still passes the village.

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  1. "Bolton Hall Destroyed", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 17 October 1902. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 3 February 2012
  2. All Creatures Great and Small - locations on the Internet Movie Database