Bedale is a town full of character with a rich history dating back to the Norman Conquest, it was first recorded in the Doomsday Book in 1086.
Many of the town’s medieval structures were knocked down to make way for new properties during the Georgian era, many of which you can still be seen today. One particularly striking building from that part of history is Bedale Hall. It sits on the main road running through the centre of the town and is a Palladian-style mansion that was built onto an existing property by Henry Peirse in 1730.
It remained a private residence until the Second World War when it was requisitioned by the military. Usage by soldiers during wartime and squatters in the five years afterwards left the hall in a poor state, but it was saved by Bedale Rural District Council, who turned into offices in 1952.
Today it houses the town’s library and tourist centre, but most visitors enter the building as it is home to the Bedale Museum. This is one of the town’s best attractions and it includes tools and toys that provide an insight into Dales life through the centuries.