The tiny village of Upsall is situated on the western slope of the Hambledon Hills near to Thirsk in North Yorkshire. Don’t blink as you pass through this place or you may miss it! – yet it contains two unusual buildings, as well as a castle.
The Old Forge is a fine Victorian building which has an unusual horseshoe shaped entrance, above which is the curious inscription – Upsall 1859 Town. Although it appears that Upsall was never more than just a tiny village, it does have a Town Hall! This rather impressive building just across the road from the forge, also has an inscription over the entrance – 1928 – Town Hall. Actually, Upsall has had no less than three castles on the same site over the years. The Scrope family built their castle there in the 14th century but it later became a ruin. A splendid Gothic castle, built in the late 19th century, was burned down in 1918, being replaced in 1924 and it is still occupied as a family house. Maybe the Lord of the Manor wanted to live in a town.
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Photo taken in Upsall, North Yorkshire YO7, UK
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