Written by Canadian archivist Arthur Doughty in July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.

“Among National assets, archives are the most precious,

they are the gift of one generation to another

and the extent of our care of them

marks the extent of our civilization.”


The decision to research the history of our village was sparked by several reasons some years ago.

At the time many housing developments were taking place, both small and one very large. I felt Pool-in-Wharfedale was fast becoming a commuter village for the nearby cities of Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate. Its identity could therefore soon be lost, causing many of the old established families to move out because of the high cost of housing. I needed to act quickly to record as many memories as possible before it was too late. Added to this a developer had said that Pool had no history; we are mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 so there must be history somewhere! Not easy to find I soon discovered; most history books omit to mention Pool.

As these were issued separately, and produced over several years, a few items are occasionally duplicated.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have enjoyed producing it. The whole experience has given me the opportunity to make so many friends and visit interesting places. My sincere thanks to all who have assisted in whatever way, without your help this book would not have been possible.

Pat Lazenby, 2007

Where are we? On the border of West and North Yorkshire, the River Wharfe being the boundary.

What are we? A small Dales village of little more than 2000 inhabitants with a vibrant village community.

How did we come to be here? Read on to find out…..

Every effort has been made to trace owners of photographs and copyright where appropriate. In some cases this has not been possible and will be corrected in any future edition where copyright is claimed and made known to the author