History, Houses and Gardens
Burton Constable Hall
An Elizabethan gem set within 300 acres of natural parkland, Burton Constable Hall has an extensive collection of fine furniture and art. A skeleton of a 58-foot long sperm whale stranded on the coast nearby and therefore the property of the estate, is believed to have been the inspiration for Herman Merville's Moby Dick.
Burton Agnes Hall
Described as one of the 20 best English houses, alongside Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chatsworth House, Burton Agnes Hall has been home to the same family for 15 generations, and has its own ghost, that of Anne Griffith, whose skull is built into one of the interior walls.
Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Early Georgian and Grade 1 liste, Sewerby Hall, with its stunning cliff-top location, was recently refurbished to allow visitors to see it as it would have looked in the Edwardian era. Home to an important collection of memorabilia about Hull aviatrix Amy Johnson, the busy house also hosts regular tempoary exhibitions, concerts and other events.
Stewart's Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum
Home to the glorious national water lily collection, the award winning gardens at Burnby Hall also includes a rockery, stumpery, a Victorian garden and a secret garden. The stewart Museum is dedicated to the extraordinary life and collections of 20th century man of action Major Percy Malborough Stewart.
George Hudson is buried in the graveyard at Scrayingham Church. The transport pioneer known as the 'Railway King' was born in nearby Howsham. He famously persuaded George Stephenson to construct a railyway route through York, resulting in it becoming a major centre of the industry.