West Tanfield

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Opening Times:

Bridge is open all year round.

Marmion Tower:
1 Apr-30 Sept 10am-6pm;
1-31 Oct 10am-5pm;
1 Nov-31 Mar 10am-4pm;
Closed 24-26 December and 1 January



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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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Turner's Viewpoint

Turner made three sketches at West Tanfield, including two quick sketches of Marmion Tower and the church from the left bank of the river (Bridge with Castle, 'Yorkshire 1' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLIV 43a - 44 and Castle with Bridge, 'Yorkshire 1' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLIV 44a) and a more considered double-page sketch of the church and Marmion Tower seen over the bridge from a viewpoint on the right bank downstream (Bridge with Three Arches, Houses and Castellated Towers Beyond, 'Yorkshire 3' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLVI 17 - 16a). 

It is typical of Turner that he found the most comprehensive view of West Tanfield and his sketch would no doubt have been turned into a finished watercolour had all Turner's ideas for pictures been completed as planned.

Turner's exact viewpoint is now obscured by riverside tree growth; you can enjoy the best view of West Tanfield from the bridge on Main Street.

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails bench can be found opposite the Bull Inn near the bridge.

Marmion Tower is also open to visitors.

You can also visit the Turner Trails panel in nearby Masham, where it is located in the Market Place, near the war memorial.

The Venue


Main Street, West Tanfield, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5JQ

Map reference: Bridge SE269787 | Marmion Tower SE268787

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Directions to West Tanfield:

Follow the A6108 Leyburn-Ripon road to West Tanfield