The Village of Goathland

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in Architecture – The British Isles 04-02-2011
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Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 78mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f5.6, Shutter: 1/800

Goathland is a village in the Esk Valley of North Yorkshire, England. It is in the North York Moors national park situated due north of Pickering, off the A169 to Whitby. It is surrounded by beautiful scenery, and has the advantage of having a station on the steam-operated North Yorkshire Moors Railway line. Goathland village sits 500 feet above sea level and has a history extending back to Viking times. In 1109 King Henry I granted land to Osmund the priest and brethren of the hermitage of Goathland (called Godelandia) for the soul of his mother Queen Matilda, who had died in 1083. This is recorded in a charter held at Whitby Abbey.[The village was a spa town during the 19th century. It is still a very green area, with many stone footpaths. Much of the surrounding land is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster. The Duchy’s black faced sheep have a common right to graze on the village green and surrounding moorland that extends back for hundreds of years. As a result they are used to the many visitors to Goathland and will sometimes beg for food. The village is now famous as the setting of the fictional village of Aidensfield in the Heartbeat television series set in the 1960s. Goathland railway station has also been used as the location for Hogsmeade railway station in the Harry Potter films, and the line was filmed for Harry’s journey.

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