Antique colour woodblock engraving. Dated c1893. Cartographer or engraver: Reverend Francis Orpen Morris.

Antique colour woodblock engraving. Dated c1893. Cartographer or engraver: Reverend Francis Orpen Morris.

The stunning Aldby Park as it looks today

The stunning Aldby Park as it looks today

Aldby Park is a country estate in the quaint and tranquil village of Buttercrambe, North Yorkshire.

The house, replacing the original Tudor one, was built around 1725 by Jane Darley but it occupies an ancient site believed to be where Edwin of Northumbria was crowned King in 625 AD.

Aldby Park is best known as being the ancestral home of the Darley Family. This family's most famed member is Thomas Darley, brother of Jane, who owned the celebrated Darley Arabian horse, widely recognised as being the earliest ancestor to many of the world's thoroughbred race horses.

The three storey house is built of brick with ashlar dressing and a slate roof, with a nine bay frontage.[1]

Steps leading up to the water feature at the foot of the intriguing dry moat.

Steps leading up to the water feature at the foot of the intriguing dry moat.

The Bayeux Tapestry depicting King Harald’s death at the battle of Hastings

The Bayeux Tapestry depicting King Harald’s death at the battle of Hastings

The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place in Buttercrambe’s neighbouring village on 25 September 1066, between an English army under King Harald Gowdinson and an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada and the English king's brother Tostig Godwinson. After a bloody battle, both Hardrada and Tostig along with most of the Norwegians were killed. Although Harold Godwinson repelled the Norwegian invaders, his army was defeated by the Normans at Hastings less than three weeks later. The battle has traditionally been presented as symbolising the end of the Viking Age. It is believed that King Harald Gowdinson was based at Aldby Park prior to his victory at Stamford Bridge. The dry moat and castle mound can still be seen to this day and is a perfect location for those important wedding pictures.