Church of St Oswald, Thornton in Lonsdale, North Yorkshire

Church of St Oswald, Thornton in Lonsdale

The ancient church of St. Oswald was rebuilt in Norman times by the Mowbray family but the tower was added later in the 15th century. A fire in 1933 gutted the church which was rebuilt in the decorated 14th century Gothic style, the work of Austin and Paley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, was married here.

West Doorway, Thornton ChurchFifteenth century west entrance at Thornton Church.

Church of St Mary, Ingleton, North Yorkshire

Church of St Mary, Ingleton

The church of St. Mary the Virgin has frequently been rebuilt and most of the present building, with the exception of the 15th century tower, dates from 1886. Perhaps the major claim to fame of Ingleton’s church has nothing to do with architecture, but everything to do with literature. It seems that writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle combined the last name of Reverend Sherlock, rector of Ingleton in the 1870s, with that of Reverend Holmes of nearby Mason Gill, to create his fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was married at nearby Thornton and his mother lived at Mason Gill.

Church of St Cuthbert, Billingham

Church of St Cuthbert, Billingham

The church of St. Cuthbert consists of a chancel, a nave with regular aisles, a south porch, and a tall west tower. In 830-846 Simeon records that Bishop Ecgred of Lindisfarne built the church at Billingham. The tower probably dates from about the middle of the 11th century, though an earlier date is quite possible. The tower has old double round-headed lights on each face. The nave and tower are embattled.

Redmarshall – Stillington

Redmarshall - Stillington

The parish is composed of three townships: Redmarshall, in which is the church, Carlton, adjacent to the north-east, and Stillington, quite detached, to the north-west. The areas of the three townships are 875, 1,499 and 1,153 acres in the order mentioned. The general surface is flat, but elevated about 150 ft. to 180 ft. above sea level. A brook runs north through the centre of Redmarshall and Carlton to join Whitton Beck near Thorpe Thewles. The soil is clay, suitable for wheat growing; oats, barley and potatoes also are raised. About 1845 the land was thus used: 2,530 acres of arable, 791 acres of pasture and 16 acres of woodland. The story of the parish has been as peaceful as befits a retired agricultural community. One of the stories of the early miracles of St. Godric relates the cure of the son of the smith of Stillington. The rising of 1569 drew five men to join it from Redmarshall and five from Stillington; one from each place was executed. The Protestation of 1641 was signed in the parish. Sir Anthony Carlisle was born at Stillington in 1768. He became surgeon to the Westminster Hospital, and was made a knight in 1820. He died in London in 1840.
‘Parishes: Redmarshall’, A History of the County of Durham: Volume 3 (1928)

South Doorway - Redmarshall Church
The entrance to the church at Redmarshall

Acklam Hall, Middlesbrough

Acklam Hall

Manor house, c.1683 for Sir William Hustler, in the reign of Charles II, standing in a large park approached by a fine avenue of ancient firs and lime trees. It was entirely refronted and otherwise altered and restored about 1845. Additions were made to the house in 1911. As originally built, it was a plain two-story brick building with square-headed windows and a middle doorway, all with architraves and pediments, and a straight roof broken in the middle by a turret. There were extensive formal gardens on the north side. The reconstructed elevations are of brick with curved gables, the later additions being of more pronounced Renaissance type.

Nunthorpe Hall, Nunthorpe Village

Nunthorpe Hall

Manor house, c.1623, largely rebuilt and extended c.1800 and altered mid-C19. Mid/late C19 north-east service extensions. Entrance porch and projecting bay of garden front added 1901. Converted to home for elderly 1951. Dressed sandstone; Lakeland slate roofs, with stone ridge copings. 7-bay (south) garden front has slightly-projecting centre bay, with doorway, up 2 steps. Arms of Pease and Gurney quartered in tympanum. Sash windows with glazing bars, in hollow-chamfered flat surrounds; 6-pane middle window in eared architrave. 2 corniced ridge stacks.