Curious Tales from an Ancient Graveyard
A fascinating and entertaining guided tour about Settle people buried in the graveyard of their Parish Church

Sarah Lister - Tour Guide

Every gravestone rests upon a life story waiting to be told and so every grave provides a little slice of history.

What better way to discover the history of Settle than to check out the folks buried in the graveyard? 

The tours are led by Sarah Lister, a local historian who, along with a small team of local enthusiasts, has uncovered forgotten stories of past Settle residents.

This is an opportunity to learn about fantastic achievements (many against the odds!), interesting scandals and unfortunate tragedies.


Each week over the 2022 summer holidays there will be a graveyard tour at Settle Church. 

Each one will focus on a different theme such as 'cops and robbers', saints and sinners', 'men behaving badly' or 'unexpected heroes'. 

They are fun and interactive and suitable for the whole family. They are outside but can be inside the church in the case of bad weather. 

Tours last about 75 minutes and tickets will be available from the Folly.  

Details of dates, times and themes will be posted on,, Visit Settle Facebook Page and Settle Graveyard Project Facebook Page. 


‘History is wonderfully complex. As a result, it is difficult to bring to life and make relevant, but, my word, your work is a ‘tour de force’.  A quite wonderful performance, full of interesting anecdotes and nuggets of information that create a very real sense of the rich social fabric of Settle society, quite literally, from the ground up!’

‘The light way you present a serious study is so impressive.  You’re teaching us such a lot and often telling us things that are painful as well, but it feels like following an exciting, moving, mystery story.’

'I never knew a graveyard could be so entertaining - it's like 'Who Do You Think You Are' with a sprinkling of 'Horrible Histories'  - brilliant!'


See ‘Settle Graveyard Project’ Facebook page for further details.



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