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Compact, olde worlde and pretty.
quiet in winter
In a nutshell
An unexpected suprise. Easy parking with no height barriers.....
Outside Richmond is the village of Catterick with Roman origins which has now grown to the size of a town on its own as it is Britain's largest army base. Driving through here is fascinating as the different districts have names like Somme Terrace and Montgomery Road and there are just endless rows of army vehicles everywhere. Not that you see any trace of this in Richmond itself as Catterick has its own shops and pubs (and racecourse should you be interested in that) but you will see signs all over the immediate countryside with "tank drivers in training" and such so take extra care if driving across moorland with signs like that. My husband once met a tank and they are huge when on a Yorkshire country lane.
Updated Aug 22, 2006
Its proper name is St Agatha's Abbey and you will find it just outside Richmond itself, towards the north-east. We were recommended to visit it by the locals but sadly never had time as we were also a bit unlucky weatherwise (we wanted to do a well-known scenic walk there from Richmond). The order here were pre-monstratensians as they were from the Abbey of Premontre in the diocese of Laon which is better known as White Canons due to the colour of their habit. The abbey was built in 1152 and had a troublesome history beeing up north where they constantly needed army assistance due to fear of attacking Scots and the army did as much harm when protecting the Abbey as the Scots would have done if we are to believe English Heritage. As most other abbeys it fell into a state of disrepair after the Dissolution of the Monasteries during the reign of Henry VIII.
Updated Aug 21, 2006
Favorite thing: When you have wandered around the town a little and visited the castle it is time to go for a walk along the river. You can see the riverside path from the castle and there are signs to the "Castle Walk" from the Market Place. You will be rewarded with great town- and river views, not to mention the castle, and can if you like continue all the way to the waterfalls.
Updated Aug 20, 2006