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Places of Interest

St Michael's Church

When Christianity came to England, the sites of pagan temples which were converted to churches were often dedicated to St Michael and all Angels, presumably to ensure the old gods were outnumbered. There is no doubt that St Michael's Church, Coxwold, was one of the first churches in Yorkshire and is probably built on the site of a pagan temple.

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St Michael's Church is located at the north west end of the village of Coxwold.

Shandy Hall

Home of Laurence Sterne (1713-68), one time vicar of Coxwold and the author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and Sentimental 

The Hall contains the world's largest collection of first editions of Sterne's works and is open on Wednesdays and Sundays certain days of the week in summer. The garden is open daily except Saturday.

Shandy Hall has its own Web Site. The site is full of information about Laurence Sterne the house and gardens.


The Laurence Sterne Trust was established as a registered charity in 1969 (529593) in order to promote the writings of Laurence Sterne



*The Centre for the study and development of narrative is based at Shandy Hall, where Laurence Sterne (1713-68) wrote The Life and Opinions ofTristram Shandy, Gentleman and exploded the notion of what a narrative might be. Asterisk* will also be an online focus for narrative study and development internationally.

A Bitter Draught: Sterne, the Starling, and Slavery

This exhibition in the gallery at Shandy Hall heralds the forthcoming 200th anniversary of Parliaments' abolition of the slave trade in 2007. For more information click here.

Shandy Hall is located at the north west end of the village of Coxwold.

Newburgh Priory

Newburgh Priory is a large and imposing house near Coxwold, North Yorkshire. Standing on the site of an Augustinian priory, founded in 1145, it is a fine stately home in a superb setting with breathtaking views to the Kilburn White Horse in the distance. 
The extensive grounds contain a water garden, walled garden, topiary yews and woodland walks.

Newburgh Prior has its own Web Site. The site contains information concerning the history, opening times and contact details. 

Newburgh Priory is located half a mile south east of the village of Coxwold.

Byland Abbey

Byland was founded as a Savigniac house in 1134, but was brought within the Cistercian family following the absorption of the Savigniac Congregation in 1147. By the late twelfth century Byland, Fountains and Rievaulx were described as 'the three shining lights of the North’ . 

Additional Information about Byland Abbey can found on the Cistercians in Yorkshire 
Web site

The ruins of Byland Abbey stand beneath the Hambleton Hills, just over a mile North east of the village of Coxwold.