Description: Rubbing House
Date Listed: 24 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 321849
OS Grid Reference: SE0781887498
OS Grid Coordinates: 407818, 487498
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2831, -1.8814
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SE 08 NE WEST WITTON COMMON LANE
9/101 Rubbing House
Rubbing House. Late C18. Rubble, stone slate roof. Single storey, 4 bays,
the fifth collapsed. 4 tall door openings, possibly tall enough to allow
horse and rider to enter. Interior: iron rings set in walls of each room
for tying horses to. In the 18th century it was considered beneficial to
wrap horses up well, to make them sweat, after they had been training, on
the nearby gallops on Middleham High Moor. Then they were rubbed down,
hence the name of the building. The building is a rare survival of its
type, and an important link with the rise of the horse-breeding and training
tradition in the Middleham area in the C18, which is still the main industry
in the locality.
Listing NGR: SE0781887498
Source: English Heritage
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