Tom Twisleton 100 Exhibition

26th September - 29th October - The Folly, Settle

What made a Victorian famous in Settle 100 years ago?

Tom Twisleton was a local legend. Why? Because he told the folks of Settle to get off the booze and lead a sober life. Why did the people listen?  Tom had a comical, and gentle approach. He advocated temperance, he didn’t preach it. This method worked and he soon became well loved for his comical, moving and effective poetry.

Settle Stories has been working through 2017 to make sure his memory lives on in this, the centenary year of his death. Discover Tom’s story in this interactive exhibition at Settle’s house of history, The Folly. Learn about his passion for temperance and how he connected with the people of the area. Discover his poems and in doing so explore how life in Settle and Craven has changed and what has remained the same in the last 100 years. His inspiring body of poetic work is mostly focused on his lived experience of being a farmer in the area. It celebrates rural ways of life, traditions and cultures. 

The exhibition has something for all ages. Families immerse yourself in times gone by, dress up as a Victorian child for the day. Speak like a Craven person from yesteryear, have a go at farming jobs, try out making cheese and be absorbed by puzzles and quizzes.

Made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund 


Open times: 

Tuesdays (Market Day) 10:30am to 4:30pm

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1.30pm to 4.30pm

If you're excited about the exhibition you won't want to miss our Tom Twisleton Celebration

A HUGE thank you to our season sponsor: 

Events 2017
Wheelchair Access