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Barningham memorial

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Barningham Memorial

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Barningham memorial

Historical Environment Record No: MYD34216

Parish: Arkengarthdale

OS Grid Reference: NZ002026

Dale: Swaledale

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Among the stone grave markers at St Mary the Virginís church, Langthwaite is a very unusual cast iron one belonging to Thomas Barningham who died in 1843. He was a member of a family of iron founders. In the 19th century, their company, the Darlington Iron Works, made the first railway lines for countries like New Zealand and Japan and at the time was thought to be the largest iron works in the world. Family members still live in the Dale. The grave marker was recently [1999] restored by the family in partnership with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.


Memorial lies in churchyard 300 metres north of Langthwaite village centre just off the main Arkengarthdale road.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Langthwaite. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Level, well-made paths in churchyard.

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