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Pateley Bridge

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Things to do: nature, sightseeing, museums
Pateley Bridge is a small market town in Nidderdale in the Borough of Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, it lies on the River Nidd.It has the oldest building housing a sweet shop in England and is the home of the Nidderdale Museum.The last Dales agricultural show of the year, the Nidderdale Show, is held annually on the showground by the River Nidd. The show attracts over 14,000 visitors each year.HistoryPateley was first recorded in 1175, as Patleiagate, with 14th century forms including Patheleybrig. The final elements are clear, deriving from Old Norse gata and the northern dialect form brig respectively. There is more debate about the Pateley section of the name: the usual explanation is Old English pæþ in the genitive plural form paða + lēah ; paða lēah would mean "woodland clearing of the paths", referring to paths up Nidderdale and from Ripon to Craven, which intersected here. However, the Pateley name forms competed in the Middle Ages with forms like Padlewath and Patheslayewathe which could be from Middle English *padil + Old Norse vath and it could be that they owe something to this name. The local story that the name comes from 'Pate', an old Yorkshire dialect word for 'Badger', is incorrect.
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