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Rubbing House, West Witton

Description: Rubbing House

Grade: II
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

Location: West Witton, North Yorkshire DL8 4JB

Locality: West Witton
Local Authority: Richmondshire District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: DL8 4JB

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Listing Text

(north side)

9/101 Rubbing House

- II

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

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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