History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
During the medieval period, Thixendale was one of five townships under control of nearby Wharram Percy, the most heavily studied deserted medieval village in England.
The area around Thixendale is a treasure trove for archaeologists, with ancient dykes, Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Iron Age burial sites, and deserted medieval villages such as Wharram Percy.
During the 18th century, Thixendale became part of the extensive Sledmere estates, under the ownership of the Sykes family. A succession of Sykes owners improved the cottages and civic buildings to give us the 'model estate' look that much of the village retains today (though most of Thixendale is no longer part of the Sledmere estates).
The civic buildings in Thixendale (school, vicarage, church, and school master's house) were built by GE Street for Sir Tatton Sykes II of Sledmere, beginning in 1868. Before the new church was finished in 1870 villagers had to walk four miles to Wharram Percy to attend the church there.
Street's buildings were designed in a very Gothic vernacular style, with pointed archways and medieval ornamentation. The school, with its distinctive ventilator tower, closed in 1964 and was later used as a popular youth hostel. Part of the building is now a village hall.
Most photos are available for licensing, please contact Britain Express image library.
Address: Thixendale, Yorkshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: On a minor road, two miles north-west from Fridaythorpe, off the A166
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
We've 'tagged' this attraction information to help you find related historic attractions and learn more about major time periods mentioned.
Historic Time Periods:
Find other attractions tagged with:
18th century (Time Period) - Bronze Age (Architecture) - GE Street (Person) - Iron Age (Architecture) - Medieval (Time Period) - Neolithic (Architecture) - Sir Tatton Sykes (Person) - Sledmere (Attraction) -
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Thixendale, St Mary's Church - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
Wolds Way National Trail - 0.9 miles (Countryside)
Yorkshire Wolds - 0.9 miles (Countryside)
Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village - 2.1 miles (Historic Building)
Fridaythorpe, St Mary's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Kirby Underdale, All Saints Church - 2.9 miles (Historic Church)
Wharram-le-Street Church - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Fimber, St Mary's Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Thixendale: