Terrington Village

Terrington is a reminder that many apparently Olde Englisheí villages were actually nineteenth century developments, made possible by the Enclosures and the agricultural, industrial and transport revolutions. There are few buildings in Terrington which show any external parts from before the Enclosures. Any old structures still standing have been embraced by more recent building work.

A hundred years ago, the Big Houses in the Parish amounted to the Hall (converted from the old Rectory, dating from 1826, and now Terrington Hall Preparatory School); the Rectory (built in 1870 and now Terrington House); the Cliff (also 1870, and now much decayed), together with its neighbouring Lodge; Wiganthorpe Hall, (1780ís and now mostly demolished) and Ganthorpe Hall (then the Castle Howard agent’s home, now privately occupied).

Most other house were built as estate cottages for labourers, (whom the gentry referred to as, say, ‘Rhodes’; but there are a few larger but unluxurious properties for tenant farmers and people with skills, such as the smith or the schoolmaster (prefixed by their betters as, say, ‘Mr Shackleton or by their occupation, say, Gamekeeper Hill.) There also remain as today’s outhouses one or two bothies, which were basic housing for casual labourers working temporarily in the area.

Mains water arrived only in the 1930’s. Until then, you got your water from pumps, some of which remain along the village street – or by arrangement from neighbours supplies. Mains electricity dates from 1930 and mains drainage from the 1960ís.

At the head of the village street stands The Plump, a walled mound containing ancient trees. Its earth probably came from the excavation of New Road or Wiganthorpe Lake, half a mile away, in the early 19th century at the time Castle Howard estate developed the top of the village.

Outside the village, there are old quarry workings, mainly the Jurassic limestone from which most of the village was built. Stone from Mowthorpe was probably used to build Sheriff Hutton Castle 900 years ago, and the Church quarry on the Dalby road provided the stone to build the present village school in 1890.

On the Ganthorpe road, you pass an impressive row of oaks. These were planted for Castle Howard estate, probably by James Elliot, its woodman in May 1859. In recent years the Parish Council has encouraged the tree-planting tradition as shown by the promising rows of trees along other roads approaching the village.


Any student of English village life is drawn to the Church, since for centuries it represented authority and kept most of the records. Ye Parish Church of All Hallows, Tyverington as early records call it is no exception. Dating in part from before William the Conqueror, much of it is 12th or 13th century, but heavily modernised in the 1860’s. A good description of its structure and features is available at the church. Don’t miss the Anglo-Saxon window in the South aisle, topped with a recycled gravestone, probably about 1200 years old.

Until the 1930’s, the church was well endowed through property ownership and the tax of tithes on the parish and the Rector managed the Church farms and reaped the benefit. Patronage of benefices could be bought and sold, and Samuel Wimbush, the Rector of the time reported in his diary in 1885 that he believed the Living of nearby Dalby had been sold for £1225. In the last century this usually meant that the Rector was as much a gentleman farmer and estate manager, as he was a priest.

By the 1950’s, the days of grandeur were over. The then Rector gave up the struggle of tending a large mansion on a small income to move to another parish. Within a few years the present modern Rectory was built in its grounds and the Rectory passed into private hands as Terrington House.

In 1239, for example, a brawl in the church between the households of political rivals led to the death of one William of Lydeyate and the imprisonment of Stephen, priest, of Terrington for his part in it. A hundred years later, in 1349, Roger Basset, the rector died. Nothing unusual, until you see a turnover that year of over half the clergy in the neighbourhood. It was the year of the Black Death which wiped out up to a third of England’s population and it is unlikely that Terrington was spared.

Apart from the Black Death, another plague for Rectors was the Visitation, a regular formal enquiry by the church hierarchy on the spiritual, moral and organisational state of the Parish. It was frequently fuelled by complaints from the congregation about their neighbours, the Rector and parish officers. So the Visitation records over the Tudor and Stuart reign tell us how those turbulent times for religion affected the Rector and his flock in uneventful Terrington

They suggest that the Rector of those times found no peace, with Puritan tendencies in one direction, and Catholic recusants in the other making his life a misery.

A zealous Puritan faction in Terrington was probably behind the demands at Visitations for quarterly sermons in Elizabeth’s time and the new translation of the Bible in James I’s. By 1633 there were complaints about Edward Hindsley, Rector of Terrington, for not reading prayers upon the Eve of Sundays and Holydays save only at the feasts of Easter and Whitsuntide and Christmas. Neither does he also wear a hood in reading divine service. Hindsleys clerk, John Brian, a layman, was also in trouble for the more Dissenting tendencies of teaching in church and reading Divine Service in the absence of the Rector.

Hindsleys successor, Samuel Pawson, was flexible enough to be appointed in 1658, during the Commonwealth, under Lord Protector Richard Cromwell, no friend of the Established Church; and yet to be confirmed and legitimised in 1661 after the Monarchy returned. In compiling the official list of Rectors a hundred years ago, the Rev. Samuel Wimbush, who knew the facts but was clearly a Royalist, chose to record the later date as the legitimate one.

After the Restoration, dissenting from the Established Church, even as a Protestant, became politically incorrect. Thus there was a 1663 report Michael Richotson for not coming to his parish church, for keeping his child unbaptised, for burying his wife & a child in his Garden & for keeping private Conventicles (Dissenters meetings) in his house.


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Clubs & Organisations

Gentlemen’s Walking Group

The group meets twice a month every second Friday and forth Tuesday of every month at Terrington village hall at 9:45 pm. Are walk’s are normally between 5 to 6 miles and follow lunch at  a convenient pub.

Terrington Village Choir

Are you a tenor and would you like to join a friendly village choir?

We meet every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm in Terrington Hall music rooms and sing for pleasure with the occasional concert.
If you would like to join us or would like further details please ring Jennie Potter on 01653 569378

Terrington W. I.
You may not think The W.I (Women’s Institute) will be your “cup of tea” (we serve coffee too)! but we aim to suit all tastes.
We are a friendly group of local ladies who meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in Terrington Village Hall, and we have a speaker or an activity at each meeting. On one level it’s informative and even educational, and on the other, there’s the chance of a really good chat, it’s a great opportunity for getting to know people and making friends. You are not pressured into joining in any activity, each member does as much as they want to.

Film Society

We’re back again in September for our second season. Last year’s programme made you laugh and cry and think, and took us from the Isle of Skye to Israel’s desert. And this season, we have another appetising set of movies for you. We’ll be showing at Terrington Village Hall at 7.30 on the third Thursday of the month, and we plan to kick off on 17 September with IN BRUGES, a UK comedy thriller starring Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes.

The village of Terrington has a shop that is the envy of many other villages in the North Yorkshire. The variety of stock and services offered by the village store is excellent and ranges from Off-License, Postal Services, Newsagents, General store, Confectionery and Morning Goods. A parcel sign and store service is available as is Photocopying and Fax facilities. There is also a very good food to go section. The village Store is at  the heart of the Terrington community where Ian and Kate make everyone welcome. It is an information centre and ticket sales office for village events.

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Village History

Terrington Arts Tiefrung project.

It shamelessly builds on the work of others, particularly the 1960’s Workers Education Association local history group and Mary Dymond’s subsequent scholarly study,’ Terrington a history of this parish(1964). Other collaborators, now in Heaven, were the Victorian antiquarians of Terrington, John Wright (father and son) and the then Rector, Samuel Wimbush.

The author would like particularly to thank the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York and the family of Samuel and James Wimbush for the access they have given to source material and their help and courtesy in doing so. Thanks also to our supporters who so generously lent pictures, checked copy and gave technical advice, and especially John Goodwill, Lynn Haywood, Gerard Naughton and Penny Sissons for the use of illustrations

Most importantly, our thanks are due to the many villagers, past and present, and too numerous to list, who have encouraged the project and given us many of the facts and stories which follow.


As you drive through the village, you may see Eric Foster’s cows plodding to the milking parlour at Manor Farm in the middle of the village. The village farmhouse was once a common feature and there were at least three others in Terrington’s main street. But today, this is one of the last in North Yorkshire.

Today, thanks to mechanisation, you can walk the fields all day and scarcely see a soul. But the parish population remains at the Edwardian level, thanks to a modern influx of white-collar self-employment, commuting and retirement, and is vigorous enough to support a thriving school, a shop, a pub and a church.

The Enclosure Acts of the 1770ís, implemented here in 1779, were designed to modernise and clarify land ownership which had been a feudal jumble of rights and responsibilities holding up the agricultural revolution. When George Hicks leased 3 acres of land from Lord Downe in 1722, part of the rent was ‘one fat capon on 20 December as far as can be judged, simply because this had been part of the standard deal on that piece of land for hundreds of years. You can imagine George grumbling ‘This is 1722, you know, not 1322’.

Until then, Terrington had the usual system of open-field farming, including a few large fields divided into strips as allotments for the villagers, and with few of the hedges, fields and farmsteads which form the shape of the countryside today. No doubt, formal and consolidated land ownership brought economic efficiency, but mostly to the newly confirmed owners. Of 1800 acres enclosed, 1200 went to the Earl of Carlisle at Castle Howard and over 350 to the Church.

Many of todayís farming families have been here for centuries, give or take a little marrying in. But there is a paradox. While agriculture remains the vital local industry, it is no longer the dominant employer it was in 1851 when about half the employed population were in farming (and half the rest, incidentally, were servants). Peter Goodwill of Howthorpe Farm summarises it.’My father farmed 300 acres and employed 13 men, I farm 1000 acres and employ two’.

But the old field names still resonate in Lord Morpeth’s Plantation, Bawdy Hill, Lame Hill, Spittle Field, Bean Syke, Cumhag Wood, Little Barlash. And you can still just about see the remains of the old pound for stray animals near the top of New Road.

Many villagers would keep a pig in an outhouse (now often a smart utility room) or a cow on the Moor, which was managed by the Terrington Town Pasture Cow Club. Membership was compulsory and included some compensation for the catastrophe of losing a beast (remember Jackís mum of Beanstalk fame?). Pasture discipline was nothing new. In 1175 one Daniel of Terrington was fined for letting his cattle stray.

In 1663, William Camplemanís two horses vanished. He got into trouble with the Church for going to a fortune-teller, one Walter Johnson of Rillington, for help in finding them.

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Outdoor activities in Terrington Village

Replenish yourself in the wonderful Terrington Village located in the heart of North Yorkshire through the astonishing views and the remarkable architecture that has lasted for centuries. Here you would find a true feeling of deep relaxation that will let the positive emotions overcome you. It is a place where you have many outdoors activities to try with your friends or family.

Explore the amazing Terrington Village

As you would notice even from the first seconds spent here, this is an old village where you find many historic sites and sightseeing to visit. Among the most spectacular buildings we have to mention the Castle Howard which has a particular elegance and grace. Each time you travel with your Huston escort, she would be impressed not only by the amazing design of this castle but also by the various activities that can be done here, like admiring the exhibitions or treating yourselves with delicious meals or flavored coffee.
Terrington village is not only about valuable historic sites but also about breathtaking landscapes within the Howardian Hills area, where you will find the famous North York Moors National Park, Yorkshire Wolds and the Vale of Yorkshire. All of these are places where nature has been perfectly conserved over the years, so they should be definitely explored by you and your Huston escorts when you are traveling here. Please yourself with a walk on foot or do some of the sports available here, such as arching, badminton or volleyball.

Enjoy the best outdoor activities

What is special about Terrington Village is that here you will find the largest place with lavender called Yorkshire lavender hills. The perfume and the bright color would perfectly match your Huston escorts you found on https://www.escortdirectory.com/escorts-houston-tx-101/, who could take photos if they are passionate about this. The entire Howardian hills are just perfect to be captured if you are a professional photographer and you want to practice or just enjoy the most beautiful places in the world. Those passionate about painting can be inspired by these places, so they could make a tour on food and paint the beautiful nature as well as the ancient buildings round there.
Other interesting outdoor activities are organized at the Rose Cottage Farm Meadow which has an old style that has been adapted to the needs of the modern life. For instance here you could exercise each morning with your Huston escort in order to be ready and full of energy for a travel through the beautiful hills that are nearby. Thereafter you can have a coffee or a tee that will remind you of the royal customs. Here you have many facilities such as cinema, circuits to visit on foot or art galleries.
Either you look for recreation or for adventure the outdoors activities from Terrington Village will prove to be what you need. Don’t hesitate to visit this place whenever you have the chance and to recommend it to your friends or relatives. They would be fascinated by the beauty that lays there as well by the historic inheritance gifted to us by the old civilizations.

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