Yorkshire landscape painted by Turner no longer at risk – ‘magical and stunning’

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Historic England has published its list of Heritage at Risk Register 2021. The Register is the yearly health-check of England’s most valued historic places and those most at risk of being lost forever.

There were 233 sites saved in the last year, and one very special Yorkshire heritage site was on the list.

Plumpton Rocks in Yorkshire was painted twice by J M W Turner.

The site is considered one of the finest 18th-century landscapes in the North of England.

Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive, said: “Our heritage is an anchor for us all in testing times.

“Our historic places deserve attention, investment and a secure future.”

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Plumpton Rocks is a Grade II listed landscape.

Designed in the 18th century, it is part of a collection of historic gardens across North Yorkshire.

Intensive work has been done at Plumpton Rocks.

The site had degraded but it’s now considered saved.

“The lake has been dredged to recover its 18th-century proportions, there have been repairs to the dam and work to manage trees and vegetation growth, as well as restoration work to the remaining parkland.”

There are plans to manage public access and locals are already helping to keep invasive vegetation under control.

The site was owned by the Plumpton family from the time of the Norman conquest, and was bought back by the descendants of the family in the 50s.

With a man-made lake and dam, wood and parkland, Plumpton Rocks is a local attraction with plenty to offer.

There are natural outcrops of millstone grit rock formations, which have been shaped and eroded by wind and water over the years.

The picturesque landscape is a popular spot for locals.

On Tripadvisor, Alex Cullen said: “Lovely walk in all weathers! The scenery around there was stunning.”

Ali wrote: “Stunningly beautiful.

“One of those rare gems you must visit.

“Take a flask and lunch and admire the rock formations and water.

“Look out for the scenes painted by Turner.

“Truly magical and stunning.”

And user Leeds 1 said: “We have wanted to visit for ages.

“The most stunningly beautiful views round the lake and lots of wonderful rock formations.

“I would definitely recommend as a place to visit.”

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