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Coxwold Town Information

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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.

Byland Abbey - Photo © Alison Stamp
Byland Abbey - Photo: Alison Stamp CCL