The village of Thornton le Dale is just a couple of miles away and has one of the most iconic cottages in the UK, not only on postcards but also on jigsaw puzzles, cross stitch kits, advertising material etc. But Thornton Dale has much more to offer than one cottage.
Let’s have a look around..
Here’s the cottage- does it look familiar?
Over the road from the cottage is the Hall Hotel- nice meals, but also with an antique shop full of rustic goodies and a ceramic painting studio in the old stables. Sadly both closed when I dropped by yesterday, so no pics.
Up the hill from the bridge , is the church
Now you may call me a tad prejudiced about this village. When I started to research my family history I found that my paternal great grandmother was born here.Her Dad was the local village blacksmith, maybe this one on the village green
It is now a gift shop and cafe. ( I once had a summer job here and had no idea of a possible family connection)
It is fascinating to trace your family through the census information. Our humble blacksmith started by calling himself this, in the next census he was blacksmith and farrier, then farrier and vet and finally on the last one ,vet! ( Self promotion!!!) He had a large family, one boy and a lot of girls. The older girls went into service, the boy went to Leeds and studied to become a vet. My great grandmother became his housekeeper, before marrying when she became a lady of leisure! I didn’t understand tho’ why they were married in Scarborough and not Pickering until I found out that when they got married ,Pickering Church had the builders in doing restoration work! My Gran was a terrific cook, her lemon curd and Victoria sponges will be forever remembered by me. I think she learned these skills from her own Mum.
Anyway let’s move on a bit
Don’t miss the motor museum- a must for chaps and lovers of all things vintage
We had a car like this when I was growing up. Dame Edna Everage is maybe not one of my favourite characters but she described it on a visit to Stratford upon Avon as a “real Shakespearean half timbered car”! And so it has been ever since to me!
Finally don’t miss this gem of a vintage finding shop.
Well worth a visit.
Oh and my blacksmith vet great great grandparent is buried in the churchyard with his wife, his son the vet alongside, who never married and their young daughter who died as a child from the influenza.
Have you traced your family history- ;love to hear any stories. Also do you live anywhere which is picture postcard perfect?