Thornton Watlass Hall

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Thornton Watlass Hall is a large Grade I listed Georgian country house in Thornton Watlass, North Yorkshire, England, some 3 miles (5 km) north of Masham.

Thornton Watlass village in United Kingdom

Thornton Watlass is a small village and civil parish within the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. It is located north of Masham and south of Bedale on the eastern slopes of the Ure Valley at the entrance to Wensleydale and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is 11 miles North of Ripon, 4 miles from the A1, 11 miles from the main railway line at Northallerton and 18 miles from Teesside Airport. Its population was 180 in 2000, 190 in 2005, 224 in 2011 and 240 in 2016.

North Yorkshire County of England

North Yorkshire is a non-metropolitan county and the largest ceremonial county in England by area. It is located primarily in the region of Yorkshire and the Humber but partly in the region of North East England. The estimated population of North Yorkshire was 602,300 in mid-2016.


It is constructed of stone with an 18th-century gabled 2 storey main block and 16th century wings at each end. A long stable wing is attached. [1]


The estate had descended in the Thoresby family until the heiress Agnes Thoresby married Thomas Dodsworth in 1415. The original house was substantially rebuilt in 1723–27. The west wing was added in 1780 and the east wing in 1800.

By the mid-1700s the house and estate had descended in the Dodsworth family to Henrietta, daughter of John Dodsworth and sister and heiress of Frederick Dodsworth, who married John Silvester Smith of Newland Park, Drax. John Silvester was created a Baronet in 1784. His son, the 2nd Baronet, adopted the name Dodsworth in 1821 and the 4th Baronet later assumed the family name of Smith-Dodsworth. Sir David John Smith-Dodsworth, the 9th Baronet, now occupies the house.

Today Thornton Watlass Hall is still a private home, but also provides hotel accommodation. [2] The Hall has been featured over the years on several television dramas, including All Creatures Great and Small (BBC), Wuthering Heights (ITV) and Heartbeat (ITV) where it has featured as Ashfordly Hall and Websters Hotel for the past nine years.

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  1. "Thornton Watlass Hall and Attached Stable Block, Thornton Watlass". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  2. "Thornton Watlass Hall - Ripon". iKnow Yorkshire. Archived from the original on 3 April 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2007.

Coordinates: 54°16′09″N1°38′24″W / 54.2693°N 1.6401°W / 54.2693; -1.6401

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