About us: a fascinating history

Spital Farm is a newly-converted 16th century farm building which looks out onto the beautiful Vale of Pickering, which houses modern facilities and array of shops on site. Spital Farm Camping started in 2001 as a camping and caravaning site on an ancient monument land which dates back to King Atherson, the first King of England (Anglo Saxon) and now you can camp on this site with panoramic woodland and countryside views, knowing King Atherson has stayed here.

The history of the site goes back to 997AD, through Anglo Saxon times, and up to the present day. The site is full of surprises and recent site surveys have exposed the Ancient Monument Hostel dating back to medieval times, which was built on top of a Roman Marching Camp - all is going to be excavated in the future.

The Spital Farm Site first came about when an ancient monastery was demolished during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII (between 1536 and 1541, when Henry VIII disbanded monastic communities in England, Wales and Ireland).

Our Grade II listed, sixteenth-century farmhouse, visible as you approach the site, was the original ‘spital’ (from the Hospital of St Mary, Staxton, which belonged to the priory of Bridlington), and the visitor centre is built on what remains of this old monastery.

So while celebrating Victorian traditions at our modern centre, you will also be experiencing a site rich in history and stories to tell about England’s past.

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you! From vetenary motorhomers Sandra & Allan.

Our site coordinates are as follows: 
Longtitude: -0.432304
Lattitude: 54.201098
 


Victorian Britain | Craft and gift centre

 
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