The picturesque market town of Middleham is in lower Wensleydale, between the rivers Cover and Ure. It is just outside the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Middleham was once known as 'the Windsor of the North' because of the frequent visits of monarchs and nobles to Middleham Castle.
The castle, which was started in 1190, dominates the village. The Nevilles acquired it through marriage in the 13th century. It was subsequently acquired by Richard III in 1471 and is where his son was born. The castle is now a ruin, after having been dismantled in 1646 but the keep survives to this day along with the 13th century chapel and the 14th century gatehouse.
Middleham's parish church is dedicated to Saints Mary and Alkelda. The church is basically 14th century, with some 15th century additions.
Middleham today derives much of its prosperity from the breeding and training of racehorses and there are many well known racing stables in and around the town.
The road to neary Leyburn crosses the Ure on a picturesque suspension briddge hung between battlemented towers.OS grid reference SE 125 875
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