October 2018

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22nd October Anniversary Adventure, Part 2:

From Thirsk (see below) we revisited another of our favourite places, Helmsley, to lunch at The Vinery café and take a soggy stroll around the Walled Garden. As you can see from the pictures, the trees were in full fruit - including the medlar, popular in medieval times, and vulgarly known as 'Dog's Arse' thanks to its strange, rather anal appearance - and the plantings were showing some stunning autumn colour; well worth seeing even in dull, wet weather.

Then we hit the road again for our overnight destination, Dunsley Hall, at the tiny hamlet of Newhom-cum-Dunsley a couple of miles outside Whitby.

The hall has a fascinating history: built in 1900 as a holiday home for the West Hartlepool-born shipping magnate Frederick Haigh Pyman (1856 – 1932) and his twelve children, it clearly reflects Pyman’s maritime passions with its oak panelling carved by ship’s carpenters, (who reputedly went on to work on the RMS Titanic), fabulous stained glass seascape window in the lounge, and fine sea views from the grounds and main rooms.

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