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Thornton Rust kennels

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Kennel Field - plaque

© YDNPA, 2004,

Thornton Rust kennels - before demolition

© YDNPA, 2004, (DK7)

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Thornton Rust kennels

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36644

Parish: Thornton Rust

OS Grid Reference: SD973885

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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In 1833, several local packs of hounds were amalgamated to form the Wensleydale Hounds or Harriers. This was a subscription pack and was maintained by its members. John Chapman of Thornton Hall, Thornton Rust was Master from 1833-1874 and the village became the headquarters for the hunt although it seems that the hounds were originally kept with the various members of the hunt to save money. From 1882 to 1907, the Master of the Hunt was W H Tomlinson, who had the pack kennelled at his own expense at his home, Flattlands, Aysgarth. The pack moved to brick-built kennels in Thornton Rust sometime in the early 20th century when members of the Chapman family took charge again. In the late 1970s, the pack moved to Hanging Lund Farm, Mallerstang and the Thornton Rust kennels were left derelict until demolished in 1998. Only the stone built mash house where the houndsí food was prepared survives.
Chapman, F (1907) Reminiscences of the Wensleydale Hounds 1775-1907. The Wensleydale Hounds Past and Present. Eastbourne: V T Sunfield


From Thornton Rust take bridleway heading south west. Cross ford and continue on bridleway which first takes a sharp left hand bend and then a sharp right hand bend. Before going round the right hand bend turn left to follow a wall and onto a Countryside Access path which takes you to Kennel Field.

Public Transport Details

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


Path rough and muddy in places. Shallow ford to cross.

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