May 2019

Visit to Markenfield Hall

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 14:00
Markenfield Hall Near Ripon HG4 3AD

The Arts Society Wensleydale: Visit to Markenfield Hall near Ripon  HG4 3AD

Tuesday 2.00pm on 21stMay 2019    £12 per person for tour and cake  

Own transport


To follow our March lecture about medieval art and architecture we have arranged a visit to Markenfield Hall, a grade 1 listed house, purported to be the the most complete surviving example of a medium-sized 14th century English country house. Built in 1310, it is completely moated.  A Turnpike Act of 1777 moved the medieval main road from next to the house to over a mile away leaving Markenfield, for many centuries, largely forgotten. 
In 2008, Markenfield Hall was the first recipient of the Sotheby’s/Historic Houses Association Restoration Award which recognises the finest restoration of a historic house in Britain in a way which respects and is in sympathy with the age and quality of the building. The Award was made for the transformation of the Great Hall from derelict medieval grain store to family library and drawing room. In fact, this was one of the later stages in the restoration, which commenced in 1980 and will continue perhaps until about 2030, as finance and other factors dictate.

Directions and Timing
The entrance to the Hall is on the A61 Ripon to Harrogate road – approximately three miles south of Ripon and half a mile before the Bishop Monkton and Monkton Moor crossroads. The entrance is to the west of the A61, between two low stone walls that each bear a green Markenfield Hall sign. Markenfield does not always show up on Sat-Navs. If your sat-nav tries to take you into Ripon or into Markington (note the spelling difference) please ignore it. The only entrance is off the A61. A map with directions is available. Due to limited parking, where possible, car sharing is advised.
Please arrive by 1.55pm

Payment £12 to be made on booking and is non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled or, if you cancel, we are able to fill your place.  You may put the name of one non-member on a waiting list.   Booking will open at the lecture on 12th March and close for members’ priority on 7th May 2019. Any members signing up after 7th May will be allocated places on the same basis as any non-members who have been placed on the waiting list.

Angela Keeble, Secretary:   
01969 650774