On-farm cheese-making was once widespread in the Dales and in the Middle Ages monks made cheese from both ewe’s and cow’s milk. Although perhaps not so well-known as Wensleydale, the creamy, tangy Swaledale cheese is now once more being produced commercially, although in relatively small quantities.
Readings - April and May (March)
was a Benedictine Nunnery founded in 1154
The Priory was the scene of a romantic episode when 19 year old Isabella Beaufort
was given refuge here by the nuns.
Isabella was a Court favourite who had attracted the attentions of Henry Vlll but
who had no wish to be another of his many wives.
Seeking to put as much mileage between Henry and herself, she had fled London in
She later married a local nobleman and they lived happily ever after - unlike the
Priory which was dissolved by Henry’s agents in 1540