History of Wetherby

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Wetherby’s rich heritage dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries, when the Knights Templar and later the Knights Hospitallers were granted land and properties in Yorkshire. In 1240, by Royal Charter from Henry III, the Knights Templar were granted the right to hold a market in Wetherby (then known as Werreby) on Thursdays—a tradition that continues to this day.

In 1233, the Archbishop of York granted indulgences to those who aided in building Wetherby Bridge over the River Wharfe. This crucial crossing propelled the growth of the Market Town, establishing it as an essential waypoint for travelers journeying between London and Edinburgh.

During the early 14th century, Wetherby endured hardship as the North of England faced raids from Scottish forces between 1318 and 1319. The aftermath of the Battle of Bannockburn left Wetherby devastated, with its residents enduring violence and captivity. The origins of Scott Lane, identified by a blue plaque, remain uncertain—potentially named after the Scottish raiders or the 18th-century cattle drovers who frequented Wetherby as a watering hole.



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We’re delighted to have contributed to Class 6 of Crossley Street Primary School’s local history project. Explore some of their remarkable work here.

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