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September 17, 2018 — The Ryedale Folk Museum

Welcome to Hutton-le-Hole

Welcome to Hutton-le-Hole

Laundry last night took forever but this morning things dried pretty quickly. My slacks were so wrinkled I decided they must be ironed which necessitated cleaning the iron that someone had neglected to empty. It was all quickly done and the sun gave way to clouds and light rain as we set off for Hutton-le-Hole and the Ryedale Folk Museum, a six acre site with twenty buildings to explore. Naturally I forgot our passes so we had to pay.

Sheep across from the car park in Hutton-le-Hole

Sheep across from the car park in Hutton-le-Hole

Light rain off and on all morning and lots of school kids on class trips. We did pretty well avoiding them. British school kids are not quiet and disciplined like French ones. These little guys were like ants all over the place. The museum is a collection of homes, farms and businesses during the past 4000 years on the North York Moors. There were chickens, sheep and pigs, lots of farm equipment and one wild pheasant in an adjoining field. There were a typical Iron Age roundhouse, a medieval crofter’s cottage, a thatched Elizabethan manor house, an 18th century thatched cottage complete with a rare wooden witch post, a Victorian thatched cottage with a wash-house, dairy and an array of horse-drawn vehicles including a hearse, fire engine, carriages and ploughs; traditional workshops of the blacksmith, cobbler, wheelwright, tinsmith, cooper, saddler and carpenter; an Edwardian daylight photographic studio, the oldest in the country; vintage farming equipment including tractors, ploughs, carts and a threshing machine; a nostalgic 1950s village shop and chemist many of which had docents and demonstrations inside. The Village Shop also sold vintage souvenirs. Click here for the Ryedale Folk Museum web site

Explanation of the Pinfold or Pound across from parking at Hutton-le-Hole

Explanation of the Pinfold or Pound across from parking at Hutton-le-Hole

Pinfold (or Pound) for keeping wayward sheep

Pinfold (or Pound) for keeping wayward sheep

Ryedale Folk Museum sign on a tractor in front of the museum

Ryedale Folk Museum sign on a tractor in front of the museum

Building at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Building at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Interior at Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole

Interior at Ryedale Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole

Interior at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Interior at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Building at the Ryedale Folk Museum - and yes, a real Post Office

Building at the Ryedale Folk Museum - and yes, a real Post Office

Interior at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Interior at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Building at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Building at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Interior at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Interior at the Ryedale Folk Museum

The Manor House at Ryedale Folk Museum

The Manor House at Ryedale Folk Museum

The Manor House at Ryedale Folk Museum

The Manor House at Ryedale Folk Museum

The Crown Pub - Hutton-le-Hole

The Crown Pub - Hutton-le-Hole


At lunch we took a break and walked next door to The Crown Pub where Ed got the fish pie and I got a lamb pie . . . both very good. Then we walked back to the museum and took up where we’d left off. Click here for The Crown Pub web site

The Crown Pub - Hutton-le-Hole

The Crown Pub - Hutton-le-Hole

White Cottage

White Cottage

The Crofter's Cottage

The Crofter's Cottage

Interior of the Crofter's Cottage

Interior of the Crofter's Cottage

Garden seen from the Crofter's Cottage

Garden seen from the Crofter's Cottage

The Model Village

The Model Village

Old Schoolroom at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Old Schoolroom at the Ryedale Folk Museum

The Harrison Collection Museum

The Harrison Collection Museum

Inside of the shepherd's hut on wheels

Inside of the shepherd's hut on wheels

Shepherd's hut on wheels

Shepherd's hut on wheels

Manx Loughtan sheep at the Ryedale Folk Museum

Manx Loughtan sheep at the Ryedale Folk Museum

The Iron Age Roundhouse at Ryedale Folk Museum

The Iron Age Roundhouse at Ryedale Folk Museum

The Iron Age Roundhouse at Ryedale Folk Museum

The Iron Age Roundhouse at Ryedale Folk Museum

Cornflower Project Garden

Cornflower Project Garden

Gypsy Caravan at The Fold Yard

Gypsy Caravan at The Fold Yard

Interior of the Gypsy Caravan at The Fold Yard

Interior of the Gypsy Caravan at The Fold Yard

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's church in Pickering

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's church in Pickering

By the time we finished at the museum, the sun had come out and it was quite warm and muggy. We drove back to Pickering, changed into dry shoes and walked up to ​St. Peter and St. Paul’s church with the magnificent wall paintings we wanted to see. Locked! The church was locked because they are installing a new heating system; hence, we won’t see the wall paintings. Heartbreaking . . . Information on the church web site says, "St. Peter and St. Paul's church contains one of the most complete sets of medieval wall paintings in Britain. They were probably first commissioned in 1450 and were painted in the following decade. The paintings depict St. George slaying the dragon, St. Christopher carrying the Christ-child, the beheading of John the Baptist, the coronation of the Virgin Mary, the martyrdom of St. Edmund, the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, the legend of Catherine of Alexandria, the seven Corporal Acts of Mercy, the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ, the Descent into Hell and Christ's Resurrection and Ascension." If you scroll down on the church web site Gallery, there are many photos. Unfortunately, all I have are a few taken through a doorway. Click here for the St. Peter and St. Paul Church web site

Cemetery at Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

Cemetery at Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

Stained glass in Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

Stained glass in Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church frescoes

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church frescoes

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

Saint Peter and Saint Paul's Church in Pickering

We walked to the train station and got the new schedule and new higher prices. We left debating whether we want to spend that much when we can drive. Walked down to Lidl for bread, cheese and bananas and didn’t care for Lidl . . . very crowded and messy. We’ll go back to Co-op next time. At home our neighbors were at their outdoor table in front of our cottage so we all said hello. It seems to be a very friendly group at the cottages.

In for the night.

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