We have identified 205 possible traditional farm building sites in the parish and to date, have surveyed 77 buildings and photographed a further 39 sites which were demolished buildings, animal pens, springs etc, as well as all the converted buildings, within the two villages.
One of our objectives was to produce a historical record of the remaining TFBs in the parish as well as recording the number that have been lost. Very few of the buildings examined have been standing less than a hundred years, many have been around over two hundred, and some even longer.
Farming methods have changed dramatically in that time and many of these old buildings no longer have a viable use. Throughout the Yorkshire Dales, such buildings are falling into inevitable decay, Kettlewell with Starbotton being no exception.
However, even ruins have a story to tell and in many of them, there are enough remaining clues to be able to work out their original arrangement and use and often the existing stonework helps to date the building and show the phases of modification and rebuilding over time.