A village of pretty stone
houses, Coxwold is famous as the place where
the Irish churchman, novelist and gambler
Laurence Sterne wrote his comic masterpiece
‘The Life and Times of Tristram Shandy’. The
15th century house opposite the village church
was later renamed Shandy Hall and is now run
by the Laurence Sterne Trust as a museum.
Nearby is the 12th century Newburgh Priory, which was turned into a country house, and the atmospheric ruin of Byland Abbey, once one of Britain’s greatest Cistercian structures. Built in the 12th century it was dissolved in the 16th century.