House-proud in York­shire

Res­i­dents might pre­fer that only they know about these three his­toric houses, but the secret’s out

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of which it was once a part. Arthing­ton was built in 1854 for an en­gi­neer work­ing on the Leeds and Thirsk rail­way—but in the Ge­or­gian rather than the Vic­to­rian ver­nac­u­lar —and had been rented out for many years when its cur­rent own­ers, John and Jill Springall, bought it in 1972.

Although tired, the house had re­tained much of its orig­i­nal in­te­rior, in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful mould­ings, fire­places and orig­i­nal fold­ing win­dow shut­ters, although in­ap­pro­pri­ate Vic­to­rian plate-glass win­dows were swiftly re­placed by smaller Ge­or­gianstyle panes.

Other orig­i­nal Ge­or­gian fea­tures sourced by the own­ers in­cluded wrought-iron balustrades saved from a house in Har­ro­gate, large stone balls re­cov­ered dur­ing the de­mo­li­tion of a church in Leeds, which were used to top the gateposts, and flag­stones used to pave the front ter­race that were sal­vaged when the pave­ments of Ot­ley were re­placed with tar­mac.

The Springalls’ pas­sion for the fam­ily home that they will be des­per­ately sad to leave is re­flected in the cheer­fully flam­boy­ant decor of the in­te­rior. As in all the best Ge­or­gian houses, the main rooms are ex­cep­tion­ally light, el­e­gant and well­pro­por­tioned and, at Arthing­ton, have com­pelling views of the gar­den, park or cen­tral court­yard. They in­clude impressive en­trance and stair­case halls, three main re­cep­tion rooms,

Fig 2 left: The Old Rec­tory at Oswald­kirk is on the bor­der of the North York Moors Na­tional Park and the Howar­dian Hills AONB. £3.95m

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