The Folly, Victoria Street, Settle, North Yorkshire

The Folly, Victoria Street, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9EY

The Folly was built in 1679 as a home and offices for Settle lawyer, Richard Preston. This Grade I listed building is the headquarters of the North Craven Building Preservation Trust and now houses the Museum of North Craven Life. It started life as a gentleman’s residence, but The Folly has also been a farm, a lodging house, doctor's surgery, furniture warehouse and even a fish and chip shop. The Folly is a three storey, lobby-entry hall house, with a recessed centre and two projecting gabled wings. The Hall and Kitchen both contain large inglenook fireplaces with moulded surrounds, basket arched heads and 21 voussoirs. An oak dog-leg staircase leading from the Hall has closed string and barley sugar balusters.

Opening Arrangements

Museum open Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11:00-16:00 (mid February to mid December). Please see website for details. Coffee House open Monday to Saturday, 10:00-16:00, all year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.