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, a Youth Hostel and a Village Store. 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.
Scargill House Christian conference centre is less than a mile from the centre of Kettlewell village.
Kettlewell was the location used to represent the village of Knapely in the 2003 film Calendar Girls. A "Calendar Girls Trail" brochure is available for a nominal fee at local shops and public houses, and gives information about local landmarks and buildings used in many of the scenes.
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