Duncombe Park, Helmsley

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Duncombe Park is the seat of the Duncombe family whose senior member takes the title Baron Feversham. It is situated one mile south-west of Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England and stands in of parkland. The estate has a commanding location above deeply incised meanders of the River Rye within the North York Moors National Park.The house was completed in 1713 for Thomas Duncombe (born Thomas Brown) to designs by the Yorkshire gentleman-architect William Wakefield. It was remodelled in 1843 by Sir Charles Barry. In 1879 the main block was gutted by fire and remained a ruin until 1895 when rebuilding was carried out by William Young. The reconstruction was based on the original design, though there were changes made, especially in the interior layout to meet contemporary needs. It is of two storeys with a basement and attic.The house itself is not open to the general public but visitors are allowed into the 30acre garden from April until the end of August.HistoryIn 1694 Charles Duncombe, one of the richest commoners in England, bought the 40,000acre Helmsley estate, occasionally staying at the castle. After his death in 1711 it passed to his sister Ursula and from her to her son Thomas Brown, who changed his name to Thomas Duncombe and commissioned the building of the present house. On his death in 1746 it passed to his son, Thomas Duncombe II, who extended the grounds to include the Rievaulx Terrace & Temples. In 1774, Anne Duncombe, daughter of Thomas Duncombe of Duncombe Park was married to Robert Shafto, of Whitworth Hall, near Spennymoor, County Durham, the famous "Bonny Bobby Shaftoe" of the folk song.
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  • July 29, 2017
    The parkland and gardens here seem to play second fiddle to the birds of prey centre, which does not interest us. No gardens as such, but attractive grassed terrace overlooking the river, and large ar...  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    Visiting Helmsley for the day we were unfortunate that it chucked it down on and off throughout the day so we only managed a drive through the park. The grounds and house are very picturesque and we w...  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    What an amazing site. It attracted 40+ full size steamers, 40+ miniatures, more than 60 Commercials, 120+ Tractors & stationary engines & 170 Vintage Cars & motorcycles. Several organs, models, workin...  more »
  • Set near a beautiful Yorkshire village, I've visited twice before and will be returning again as it really is a lovely place.
  • Attended the Duncombe Park Country fair on Bank Holiday Monday, the usual attractions, dog shows, children on horses etc, all in all very pleasant despite the usual British Weather. What I really objected to and why I have given this show such a low mark is the appalling propaganda we were subjected to by the man who introduced the Sinnington Hounds (probably the same person who wrote the article in the programme and who encourages all to join the Countryside Alliance and campaign against this Government's "malicious" Hunting Act!) He complained at length about how the laws of this land are preventing him and his friends from carrying out their proper purpose of hunting VERMIN i.e. Foxes. He had a platform from which to impart his knowledge about the hounds to people attending the fair but hijacked this platform to speak about political issues and undermine the government. Had I wanted to go to a rally I would have done. It spoiled what should have been a nice family day out and was totally inappropriate for the occasion.
  • We go each year for a dog agility show over Easter. Wonderful setting, fab walks in idyllic countryside.
  • Go here every June for the annual Farmyard party bike rally hosted by MAG. Brilliant rally on a fantastic site. I look forward to many more good times in the years to come!
  • I came here to take somebody on the Land Rover start off-road experience. Such a beautiful, peaceful setting, really easy to find and just a nice place to be!

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