Welcome to Snape Local History Group

About Snape ---

The village of Snape in North Yorkshire stands 2 miles to the south of Bedale and 3 miles west of the A1.
With a population of about 350, the village has numerous historical associations including: 

  • The site of a Roman Villa
  • The connection at Snape Castle with Middleham Castle and  of the mother and the wife of Richard III.
  • The Nevilles of Raby Castle and the Cecils of Burghley House were the aristocratic owners through ascendancy and marriage of the estates of Snape for over 500 years from the 1300s to the 1800s.
  • The residency of Catherine Parr before her marriage to Henry VIII.
  • Involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536.
  • Prior to the mid 19th century Snape was a centre for the woolcombing trade.
  • Most of Snape (along with much of Well and part of Thornton Watlass) was once part of the Thorp Perrow Estate.
  • St. Mary's Chapel in Snape Castle formally became a place of Anglican Worship following the 1926 Sale of the Thorp Perrow
  • Estate.
  • The Thorp Perrow estate lies just to the north of the village and boasts a fine arboretum.

  • Your House's History?

    The Group holds a considerable amount of information about the history of many of the older properties in the village and who lived there. Come along to the Institute on July 4th between 10am - 12 and we see what we have on your house. Refreshments will be available. 

Snape Castle