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  • Sutton Bank

    Sometime between about 1816 and 1818, Turner made a short tour to Rievaulx Abbey and Scarborough from Farnley Hall near Otley, the Yorkshire home of his friend, Walter Fawkes.  On the way he visited Sutton Bank, where the Thirsk to Helmsley road climbs a steep 140m ascent up the western crags of the Hambleton Hills and the summit is one of the most celebrated viewpoints in Yorkshire, commanding the whole of the central plains towards the Pennines.

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  • The Kings Head Hotel, Richmond

    Richmond was an important subject to Turner and he visited twice, in 1797, when making his first tour to Yorkshire, and again in 1816 when he toured to make a series of watercolours to illustrate 'A General History of the County of York' by Thomas Dunham Whitaker.  Each of his excursions around Richmond resulted in a finished watercolour. 

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  • The Strid

    The spectacular Strid is where the broad River Wharfe suddenly narrows and the water rushes with great force.  The Strid was formed by the wearing away of softer rock by the circular motion of small stones in hollows, forming a series of potholes, which in time linked together to form a deep, water filled chasm.  Like visitors today, Turner enjoyed the paths following the Strid and the views across to Barden Tower.

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  • Thornton Force, near Ingleton

    Turner visited Ingleton at least twice: when making a brief tour of the Craven Dales in 1808 and then again in 1816 during his grand tour.  Both times Turner made numerous sketches of the Ingleton area, including views of the town, as well as sketches and watercolours of nearby Chapel-le-Dale, all featuring Ingleborough behind, and of the caves, including Weathercote, Jingle Pot and Hurtle Pot.

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  • West Burton Falls

    Turner visited West Burton on 28 July as part of his 1816 grand tour of Yorkshire, having stayed the previous night at the Green Dragon Inn in Hardrow.

    West Burton is a lovely Dales' village, characterised by its packhorse bridges, a large village green, market cross, stocks and the charming Walden Beck, with nearby waterfalls and pools.

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  • West Tanfield

    Turner sketched in West Tanfield as part of his 1816 grand tour of Yorkshire. West Tanfield is well known for its picturesque grouping of red-roofed cottages, medieval tower and church, and River Ure Bridge. 

    The Marmion Tower is the 15th century gatehouse to the now-vanished riverside manor house, the home of the Marmion family, and has a beautiful oriel window. 

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  • Wetherby Bridge

    Turner visited Wetherby in 1816 during his extensive tour of Yorkshire to collect material for the history of York series. He had been asked to make 120 watercolours and this was the most valuable commission he had received to date. He visited Wetherby sometime in the third week of August, on his way from Farnley Hall, the home of his Yorkshire friend and patron Walter Fawkes, to York.

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  • Whitby

    Like Scarborugh, Turner visited the seaside town of Whitby at least twice. His first visit was in 1801, when he visited Scarbrough too.

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  • Whitby Abbey

    Whitby Abbey is the principal landmark throughout Turner's sketches of this location. Set high on a cliff above the seaside town, the gaunt, imposing ruins of this Abbey have drawn successive generations to this site of settlement and religious devotion. Founded in AD 657 by King Oswy of Northumbria, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings' burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics and the home of saints, including the poet Caedmon, while its gothic splendour inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.

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  • Whitcliffe Scar from Round Howe, Richmond

    Richmond was a key site for Turner and in 1816, he took himself off to find a distant view from the west and found a vantage point on the old track to Whitcliffe Scar about a mile west of the town. 

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