Beamsley is a village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, England. It is just within the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and about six miles east of Skipton and two miles north of Addingham. The village lies immediately south of the A59 road[2] and on the eastern bank of the River Wharfe.

Beamsley is located in North Yorkshire
Location within North Yorkshire
Population139 (2011 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSE077524
Civil parish
  • Beamsley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSKIPTON
Postcode districtBD23
PoliceNorth Yorkshire
FireNorth Yorkshire
List of places
53°58′04″N 1°52′58″W / 53.967710°N 1.882820°W / 53.967710; -1.882820Coordinates: 53°58′04″N 1°52′58″W / 53.967710°N 1.882820°W / 53.967710; -1.882820

According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 149, reducing to 139 at the 2011 Census.[1] The parish is bordered by West Yorkshire to the south.

The former Beamsley Methodist Church has been carefully modified, by the Beamsley Project Charitable Trust, to become a self-catering holiday centre for people with disabilities.[3] The quiet roads around Beamsley make it a popular destination with cyclists with the Tour de France Grand Depart 2014 passing through the local area close to Beamsley.[4]

On the other side of the A59 to Beamsley village is the site of Beamsley Hospital. This building was noted for its odd design of seven rooms radiating out from a central area. This meant that to go to a room you had to pass through a chapel which was an encouragement to prayer.[5] The Hospital is now managed by the Landmark Trust as self-catering accommodation.

Beamsley Beacon (also known as Howber Hill)[6] is east of the village and rises to 390.7 metres (1,282 ft) above sea level.[7] The Beacon is notable for its stone cairns, one of which is supposedly there to mark the burial site of a chieftain from the Bronze Age.[8] Stones on the beacon were also used to construct a guard hut during the Napoleonic Wars.[9]

JMW Turner painted a shooting party on Beamsley Beacon in 1816.[10]

In 2015, a memorial was unveiled to the Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew who died when their Lancaster Bomber crashed into the beacon. Four of the crew died and four survived. The bomber was flying out of RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire when it crashed in fog around midday on 5 November 1945.[11]

Although small, Base 3 Systems, an analytics consultancy[12] and N.Peal, a luxury cashmere designer, have head offices in the village.

J. M. W. Turner's 1816 painting Grouse Shooting on Beamsley Beacon.

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Beamsley Parish (1170216724)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Out of Oblivion: A landscape through time". Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Beamsley Project - About us". Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Tour de France in Craven". Archived from the original on 27 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  5. ^ Humphery, Angela (12 April 1996). "If you want a holiday in a pigsty..." The Independent. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  6. ^ Hinton, George (8 September 2014). "Picture of the Week". Ilkley Gazette. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  7. ^ "#GetOutside: do more in the British Outdoors". OS GetOutside. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  8. ^ "'Don't desecrate the chieftain's grave'". Craven Herald. 22 March 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  9. ^ "grough — Don't destroy history with your cairns, walkers urged". Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  10. ^ May, Stephen J (2014). Voyage of The slave ship : J.M.W. Turner's masterpiece in historical context. North Carolina: McFarland & Co. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7864-7989-4.
  11. ^ White, Clive (5 November 2015). "Canadian airmen remembered on Beamsley Beacon". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Contact us". Base 3 Systems. Retrieved 28 June 2020.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Beamsley at Wikimedia Commons