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Askrigg bullring

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Askrigg bullring

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Askrigg bullring

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36641

Parish: Askrigg

OS Grid Reference: SD948911

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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Near to the market cross in Askrigg is the old iron bull ring set into a stone flag in the ground. In the 18th century and earlier, bulls would be tied here and then attacked or baited with dogs. A local historian wrote that “it used to be a custom in Askrigg for a man who wanted to fight to go and turn the bull ring over; if another man was feeling the same, he came and turned it back and they had a fight.” Source: Hartley, M & Ingilby, J (1953) Yorkshire Village. London: J M Dent & Sons


In small cobbled triangle next to the village pump in the centre of Askrigg.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Askrigg. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside although sometimes cars park on top of it.

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