A walk around Pickering
A stroll around an ancient North Yorkshire market town
(Photos © urban75, June 2010)
An ancient market town and civil parish in North Yorkshire, Pickering lies on the border of the North York Moors National Park and serves as the terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors railway.
The town prospered as a market town and agricultural centre in the 18th century and also became an important stop off for for horse-drawn mail coaches and passenger traffic.
The town suffered with the decline of the agricultural market between the 1920s and 1950s, with the closure of the once-thriving railway in 1965 under the Beeching axe proving a major blow.
The growth of tourism in the area over recent years has seen the town's fortunes flourish, with visitors attracted to the North York Moors Railway and locations used in the TV 'Heartbeat.'
Town view with the curiously named Caffe STOP! to the extreme left and the Concorde Cafe in the centre.
Another view of Caffe STOP, with the Design Corner next door.
Pickering's parish church is located at the eastern end of the Market Place and dominates the town - the 1817 sun dial on the church wall was spot on!
A Grade I Listed building dating from the 12th century, the church is famed for its remarkable mid 15th century wall paintings which are extensive, covering both the north and south walls.
Inside the church.
Dated wooden beams inside the church.
The sign says, "This ancient holy water stoup which was destroyed by Cromwell's soldiers has been brought back into use" and goes on to suggest what finger dippers may say.
Weather beaten gravestones outside the church from the 19th century.
Detail from the faded gravestone.
Town view with the Barber shop in the foreground.
Pickering Flea Market.
Inside the Flea Market.
Two weird looking porcelain dogs - yours for £95!
Mulberries Coffee Shop on Bridge Street - free biscuit with every hot drink!
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