Wensley, North Yorkshire

Not to be confused with Wensley, Derbyshire.

Holy Trinity Church, Wensley
 Wensley shown within North Yorkshire
Population 151 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSE092895
    London 200 mi (320 km)  SSE
Shire countyNorth Yorkshire
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district DL8
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
List of places

Coordinates: 54°18′06″N 1°51′31″W / 54.30175°N 1.85862°W / 54.30175; -1.85862

Wensley is a small village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated on the A684 road and approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) south-west from 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. The present Bolton Hall is a rebuild after a fire in 1902.[2]

Wensley's Holy Trinity Church dates to 1300 and is a Grade I listed building. It is featured as the wedding venue of James and Helen Herriot in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "The Last Furlong".[3]

Wensley's railway station is now closed. It was situated 1 mile to the north between Wensley and Preston-under-Scar, on the Wensleydale Railway line which still passes the village.


  1. "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  2. "Bolton Hall Destroyed", The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 17 October 1902. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 3 February 2012
  3. "All Creatures Great and Small - Filming Locations". IMDB. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
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