History of Craven Life

The Museum of North Craven Life is housed within the amazing architecture of The Folly.  This wonderful photo was taken by Veronica Caperon, a local photographer.

It was built in the late 1670s by la ocal lawyer Richard Preston and the building has been described as ‘exotic’, ‘capricious’ and ‘wilful’! It now hosts both permanent and temporary exhibitions that tell the story of North Craven, its landscape and people.

You can discover what it was like to be a farmer up on the hills, a coalminer in Ingleton or a member of a well-off local family, as well as exploring the history of the world-famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The Museum also offers a wide variety of activities including family days, concerts and workshops.  You can find detailas on the website of the North Craven Building Preservation Trust.


The Folly now has a Coffee House serving a wide selection of meals, snacks, drinks and homemade cakes.

It has also re-introduced Settle’s first Temperance Bar since the 19th Century and has a selection of non-alcohol tonics to refresh and invigorate. All Coffee House proceeds go straight back into maintaining and supporting
this wonderful building and the Museum of North Craven Life.