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