Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

Trip to Watton and Beswick

Watton Abbey 2022

Watton Abbey 2022

Monday, 16th May 2022

The history of Watton Abbey is perhaps more suited to a dark and stormy night than to the bright May noontime of our visit. The house is a small fragment of a huge Gilbertine Priory, little of which now remains above ground level. We were shown around the house, and the recently restored barns by the current occupants Mr & Mrs Reevel.

We briefly looked at St Mary's Church, which was built in the fifteenth century from earlier mediaeval bricks and timbers, before going on to the Victorian St Margaret's Church at Beswick.

Mr John Duggleby showed us around the exterior of Beswick Hall, a seventeenth century house which was much altered in the early nineteenth century.

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