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HELMSLEY ARCHAEOLOGY STORE

Helmsley Archaeology Store holds the extensive archaeological collections and paper based archives from English Heritage guardianship sites from the North of England including the counties of Northumberland, County Durham, Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, Cheshire. The range of collections spans English history from Prehistory to the modern day, from flint, architectural stonework to ceramics and small artefacts.

Tours available - booking essential: 01439 770442

Location/Address: Riccal Drive
Helmsley
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO62 5DB
Useful Website Address: English Heritage website
Tip/Nearby: Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Rievaulx Terrace
Primary Management: English Heritage
NORTH YORK MOORS (The)

The North Yorkshire Moors National Park offers 554 square miles of moorland and valleys, including old, stone-built, hamlets, charming towns (like Helmsley), ancient ruins and a dramatic coastline. This is classic hiking or touring country, but it is also home to (allegedly) the world's most popular heritage steam railway, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which runs between Pickering and the bustling seaside town of Whitby.  The picture shows the tiny fishing port at Robin Hood's Bay.

Location/Address: North York Moors National Park Authority
The Old Vicarage
Bondgate
Helmsley
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO62 5BP
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: Britain's National Parks
Primary Management: National Park
St ANDREWS, Aldborough

Charming parish church, the third to have stood on the site, dating from 1330. This replaced one destroyed by the Scots. The earlier, original, church is believed to have stood on the site of the Roman Temple of Mercury, close to the Forum, in the Roman town of Aldborough.

Location/Address: Low Road
Aldborough
Boroughbridge
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO51 9ER
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Address is for adjacent Ship Inn. Remains of Aldborough Roman Town nearby.
Primary Management: Church authorities
DEVIL’S ARROWS

Three huge, mysterious, stones, of no obvious purpose, thought to have been erected c2,000BC. It is thought they came from Plumpton Rocks, about 9 miles to the south and that there were originally at least 5 stones in total. The Devil is said to have thrown the 'arrows' - which have other names, including 'the Three Sisters'. One can be found behind fencing on the south side of Roecliffe Lane, the other two in a field opposite, close to Boroughbridge Marina.

Location/Address: Roecliffe Lane
Boroughbridge
Nr junction with the A168
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO51
Main Historic Period: Prehistory
Link to featured article: Hunting the Devil's Arrows
Useful Website Address: Boroughbridge website
Tip/Nearby: Aldborough Roman town
Primary Management: Unknown
BATTLE of STAMFORD BRIDGE

A significant battle fought here on 25th September 1066, between King Harold's Saxon-English army and an invading force of Norsemen under Harald Hardrada and Tostig Godwinson. The English victory was emphatic, but Harold then had to march south to meet the invading Normans at Hastings. There is not much to see in the village, thought there is a memorial in the centre.

Location/Address: Stamford Bridge
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO41 1QE
Main Historic Period: Viking
Link to featured article: Stamford Bridge - the other battle in 1066
Primary Management: Local Authority
BATTLE of MARSTON MOOR

The Battle of Marston Moor was fought on 2nd July 1644 and was one of the major battles of the English Civil War. It engaged an estimated 18,000 Royalists and 28,000 combined Parliamentarians and Scots, lasted approximately 2 hours and resulted in a decisive defeat for King Charles.  Some 4,000 Royalists were killed and a further 1,500 captured.  One of the consequences was that the Royalists lost control of the North of England. This was the battle that helped make Oliver Cromwell's name as one of the commanders. The battlefield is situated on mainly agricultural land between the villages of Long Marston and Tockwith. A road runs across the area of the fighting, as it did in the 17th century and there is an obelisk memorial with an information panel.

Post code is approximate.

Location/Address: Tockwith Road
Between Tockwith and Long Marston
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO26 7PJ
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Useful Website Address: Details from the Battlefields Trust
Tip/Nearby: York
Primary Management: Unknown
GOATHLAND

Goathland is an attractive village on the North Yorkshire Moors, which also has a station on the North York Moors Railway. It has a long history but is best known now as being the fictional Aidensfield in the TV series, 'Heartbeat'. There are several shops and places to stay, including the Goathland Hotel - which was the Aidensfield Arms in the series. Nearby is Mallyan Spout, a 70' waterfall, and Wade's Causeway, an old trackway (perhaps Roman). Goathland Station was Hogsmead Station in the 2001 film, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.

County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO22 5LY
Main Historic Period: N/A
Link to featured article: The train will arrive in a heartbeat
Tip/Nearby: Approx 9 miles south of Whitby
Primary Management: Local Authority
CAEDMON’S CROSS

A memorial erected in 1898 to England's first known poet, the Anglo-Saxon Caedmon. He has a nice story. The memorial is in the churchyard of St Mary's church, at the top of the steps leading up from the town.

The photo is of Whitby Harbour. See the featured article for more details.

Location/Address: Abbey Plain
East Cliff
Whitby
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO22 4JT
Main Historic Period: Saxon
Link to featured article: Give us a song, Caedmon
Tip/Nearby: Whitby Abbey, St Mary's Church
Primary Management: Church authorities
St MARY’S Whitby

St Mary's Whitby, reached at the top of the famous 199 Church Steps, is an extraordinary church with box pews, a triple-decker pulpit and packed with Whitby's history. It is actually older than the abbey ruins next door. It also has an intriguing, though sadly eroding, churchyard. Watch out for Caedmon's Cross.

Location/Address: Abbey Plain
East Cliff
Whitby
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO22 4JT
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Tip/Nearby: Next door to Whitby Abbey (ruins)
Primary Management: Church authorities
WHARRAM PERCY Deserted Medieval Village

Famous and fascinating deserted medieval village, in use for 5000 years and definitely occupied for at least 600 years before being abandoned in the 16th century. There is not much to see except the ruined church and the outlines of houses and streets, but it's an intriguing place and there are some good information boards.

Use a map.  It is a walk of about 3/4 mile over an uneven path through farmland from a car park off the B1248 - can be muddy.

Free entry.  Absolutely no facilties whatsoever.

Location/Address: SW of Wharram-le-Street
County: North Yorkshire
Post Code: YO17 9TD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Wharram Percy DMV
Tip/Nearby: Not far from Malton
Primary Management: English Heritage
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