Ryedale Folk Museum
Ryedale FOlk Museum is located in the small, North Yorkshire village of Hutton-le-Hole, about seven miles north-west of Pickering and locatid in the North York Moors National Park.
The first written record of the village comes from the Domesday Book, where a village called Hoton is recorded.
It was a small village even then, with 8 carucates of land, enough to support 8 families. The village name was transformed over the medieval period, from Hedge-Hoton to Hoton under Heg, to Hewton, and then in the 17th century Hutton in the Hole.
The present name Hutton-le-Hole only appeared in the 19th century. But what does the peculiar name mean?
Several theories have been put forward, but the most likely is that 'Hole' refers to burial mounds. Several ancient burial mounds can be found around nearby Barmoor, so it seems plausible that the name simply means 'the place near the burial mound'.
The Folk Museum itself is home to a wealth of traditional buildings from around the area which have been rescued from destruction and rebuilt. Some of the historic buildings to explore include an Elizabethian manor, historical shops, a workshop, barns, cottages and an iron age round house.
The musuem gives visitors a taste of what life was like in Ryedale from the medieval period to the present day.
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