The horseshoe shaped archway carries the words Upsall Town and is dated 1859.
It is very similar in design to Turton Cottages in Roxby which are dated a year earlier in 1858, another estate owned by the Turton family.
John Turton was a physician to ‘mad’ George III, who died without children, the estate passed to the youngest son of Rev William Peters (chaplain to the Prince Regent) who assumed the Turton name and coat of arms.
This fragment of wall near St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Hart is the only above-ground remains of a medieval great house owned from the 12th to the 16th centuries by the de Brus and Clifford Lords.
The history is well described in the Scheduled Ancient Monument listing :-
The manor of Hart and Harterness was granted by the king to Robert de Brus after the Norman Conquest. Documents indicate that the extent of this manor was larger in pre-Conquest times. Throughout its history, the right of disposal of the manor was a source of dispute between the Crown and the Bishop of Durham. The manor subsequently descended through the Brus family most notably to Robert de Brus VII; after the latter’s assumption to the Scottish throne in 1306, Edward I granted the manor to Robert de Clifford in whose family it remained until 1580, with only brief interruption by claims from a number of bishops. In 1580 the manor was sold to Robert Petrie and John Morley and then to the Lumley family who, with the exception of a brief period of administration by Parliament from 1644-1660, retained it until 1770. In 1770 the estate was sold to the Milbank family.
This small painted sign can be found on a gatepost outside Brockley Hall. The property itself dates back to 1875 and became a Christian Endeavour Home in 1937.
I have no detais, but the sign would suggest it may have played a role in WW2 when the RAOC was responsible for the supply of ammunition, clothing and general stores. The “CSS” may stand for Combat Service Support.
This tiny village school in Over Silton carries an inscription that dates it 1844
The school house was built in 1844 by Sir George Wombwell, 3rd Baronet. After his death in 1855, his son Sir George Orby Wombwell, 4th Baronet (a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade) sold the Over Silton Estate.