History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The village dates to at least the Viking period. One of the earliest written records comes from 1109 when Henry I gave land here in memory of his mother to a hermitage under control of a priest named Osmund.
The land passed to the Duchy of Lancaster, and one of the enduring historic features of Goathland is that the Duchy's tenants had the right to graze their sheep on the village green. This right is still exercised today, and the sight of black-faced sheep wandering around the village and the surrounding moors is a common one.
During the 19th century Goathland enjoyed brief popularity as a spa centre, with the railway bringing visitors keen to enjoy the healthy waters. A number of hotels sprang up to serve the visitors, but of these only one large one remains; the Mallyan Spout Hotel, which featured as Aidensfield in the Heartbeat TV series.
Behind the hotel a trail leads down a wooden hillside to emerge at Mallyan Spout waterfall, the most popular falls in the North York Moors, set in a lovely wooded gulley.
During the 1960s Goathland was used as the setting for the Heartbeat television series. After filming for many years in and around the village and using local buildings as part of the background, the producers built a replica of the village inside a film studio, and the remainder of the series was filmed in that 'false' Goathland.
The North York Moors steam railway passes through Goathland. The railway is run by volunteers and carries about 250,000 visitors annually between Grosmont and Pickering, on the route constructed in 1835 by George Stephenson, 'The Railway King'. Goathland railway station also featured in the Harry Potter series of films where it served as Hogsmeade station.
St Mary's Church
The parish church of St Mary's is a late Victorian rebuilding of an earlier 19th century church, which in turn replaced an Elizabethan building, itself a replacement for a 12th century church on a different site! The most interesting historic feature is a 12th century stone altar slab, with 5 small consecration crosses carved into the surface.
There is a royal coat of arms to George III and an early 17th century wooden pulpit. Much of the woodwork inside St Mary's was carved by Robert Thompson of Kilburn, the 'mouse man'. Look for 9 (and a half) carved mice, Thompson's signature device, and there is one more that can be felt but not seen on the north west window sill!
Just two miles away from Goathland is Wheeldale Moor Roman road.
Address: Goathland, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Wheeldale Roman Road - 1.9 miles (Roman Site)
North York Moors National Park - 7.6 miles (Countryside)
Fylingdales, St Stephen's Old Church - 7.8 miles (Historic Church)
Whitby Abbey - 8.4 miles (Abbey)
Lastingham, St Mary's Church - 8.6 miles (Historic Church)
Pickering Castle - 9.6 miles (Castle)
North Yorkshire Moors Railway - 9.7 miles (Museum)
Pickering Church - 9.8 miles (Historic Church)
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