Pickering
North Yorkshire

















The Southern Terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and one of the most pleasant market towns in England. Market day is Monday.

Pickering is known as the "Gateway to the Moors" and its position on the crossroads of the Malton to Whitby road and the Helmsley to Scarborough road amply justifies this title. A thriving market town
, it is the focal point of a large rural area.

Market day is when the town centre is at its busiest, with open air trading at attractive stalls. At the bottom of the gently sloping market place is the terminus of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where a 1940's atmosphere is created as Steam Locomotives arrive and depart only yards from the market stalls.


Market Place

Overlooking the market place with its wide range of shops, inns and small businesses is the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul, whose walls bear a unique gallery of 15th Century paintings. Discovered in 1851 they were promptly concealed beneath whitewash, because the vicar thought it would encourage idolatry. Happily they were rediscovered in 1878. They depict scenes from the Bible, from history and legend range from St. George slaying the dragon to the martyrdom of St. Thomas à Becket.

 
Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul


The Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life is housed in the building where
Marshall planned England's first agricultural institute. Situated beside the river in the town centre, it houses a fascinating collections of artifacts of rural life. These include a cottage kitchen, cobblers shop, dairy, barbers and a Victorian pub bar.

Almost Opposite is the Beckside Crafts Centre, an example of the new enterprises which are flourishing in the town. A few minutes walk away is the Kirk Theatre, formerly a Methodist chapel but now a venue for concerts and other events, and along the road passed the railway station is the Moorland Trout Farm and lake. Open seven days a week from March to November, visitors can hire everything they need to catch beautiful Trout.
There is also a shop and a small restaurant.

Sitting majestically above the town is Pickering Castle, which probably dates back to the Conquest. It is claimed that every English king who reigned between 1100 and 1400 stayed here to hunt nearby in Blansby Park,
and some parts of the old Royal forest of Pickering still belong to
Her Majesty The Queen.


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Pickering Station




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