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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century Danby Castle
A short distance away are the ruins of Danby Castle, once home to Catherine Parr, sixth and final wife to Henry VIII. At nearby Danby Beck is Stormy Hall, named, so legend tells us, after Henry VIII took refuge there during a storm while on his way to visit Catherine Parr at the castle.
The rectangular castle dates to the early 14th century and was built for Lord Latimer. In its day the design was remarkable, combining defense and a comfortable residence into one building. It is now incorporated into a large farmhouse. The castle is usually closed to the public, but visits can be arranged through the Moors Centre. The Danby court leet meets here regularly to govern the use of common land in the area. The leet was originally a manorial court, deciding all manner of criminal cases.
The Moors Centre has a wealth of information on visiting the National Park, from maps to information pamphlets, you can find out about the natural history of the area, the best places to see birds, wildlife, and unusual plants. Learn about the local animals and plants that call the moors hime, and find out more about the Danby estate and tourist attractions in the area.
In the centre of Danby is the Duke of Wellington inn, which dates back to 1765. In the Napoleonic Wars the inn was used as a recruiting station for soldiers. Look for the cast iron plaque with the likeness of the Duke, discovered during restoration work and now occupying a prize spot over the fireplace in the bar.
A short distance outside the village is St Hilda's church, dating the Saxon period and retaining stonework from the Saxon, Norman, medieval, and Georgian periods.
Looming above the village is the hill of Danby Beacon, standing 229 metres high. In the 17th century a signal beacon stood atop the hill, to be lit at the first sign of an invasion fleet from France. The same hill later served as home to one of the first radar stations in England during WWII.
VisitingI had the pleasure of staying in Danby at the Duke of Wellington inn for 3 days. I absolutely loved it. The location is simply wonderful. The village is incredibly picturesque and is full of historic buildings, none more so than the inn itself. A very short walk from the village brings you out onto the moors, where the scenery, especially when te heather is in bloom, is stunning.
It is well worth stopping atop Danby Beacon, just for the views, and if you can time your visits for sunset, you will be rewarded with a superb panoramic vista over the surrounding moorland countryside. Another highlight for me were the large number of standing stones scattered here and there amid the heather. Seemingly everywhere you look are more stones, evidence of just how long this area has been inhabited. And back in the village, keep an eye out for blackface sheep grazing peacefully on the village green!
Address: Danby, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On a minor road south of the A171 7 miles south east of Guisborough
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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