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King Charles the III visit 1988

On a bright day in March 1988, his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, now King Charles III, captured the hearts of thousands of Craven people when he visited Skipton,

It was the informality of the visit that impressed. Undoubtedly security was present, but it was unobtrusive and relaxed, allowing the public to get very close to the future King.

 He visited the soon-to-be opened Craven Court, the central area redevelopment scheme (between High Street and Coach Street), High Corn Mill and Skipton Castle.

He then toured Skipton’s Ledgard and Wynn store which had relocated from the High Street to the newly converted High Corn Mill.

“He thought the conversion was super and his interest in architecture certainly came through,” said the owner of the High Corn Mill. “He obviously has a love of old buildings.”

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