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Kettlewell is a village in Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England. It lies between the villages of Grassington, Kilnsey and Conistone to the south and Starbotton to the north west. The village nestles at the foot of Great Whernside where the River Wharfe and Park Gill Beck merge.
In the 13th century a market was established in the village which became a thriving community. Textiles, (and, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, lead mining,) revitalised the village and Kettlewell's appearance today derives much from its past 200 years. The remains of the smelting-mill, used from 1700 to 1880, can be seen near the meeting of the rivers Cam and Dowber Becks half a mile above the village.
The B6160, crosses the River Wharfe into Kettlewell by a grand stone bridge. There are three inns - the Racehorses, the Blue Bell and the King's Head which testify to Kettlewell's popularity with visitors, and in addition there are numerous guesthouses, holiday cottages and a Youth Hostel. There are good examples of both 17th and 18th century houses here, including the vicarage. The church, however, is late Victorian.
In August the village hosts an annual scarecrow festival where a variety of scarecrows, dressed up as different characters are placed around the village.
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