Yorkshire, England - Walk to Kilburn

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On our first morning there we slept in a little, made breakfast, and went for a walk.  

The UK Ordnance Survey map indicated two, or possibly three, public access foot paths uphill to the tiny village of Kilburn, population 200, where the Mouseman furniture store and manufacturing center are located. 

The White Horse of Kilburn is on a hillside just above the village.     

Being a Saturday, the furniture factory was closed but we learned that 30 furniture makers are employed full-time here.  Mouseman furniture is made of exceptional quality English oak, air dried only.  Pricing is high, for instance, a single oak napkin ring is 100 pounds, or $155 (at the time).  Larger furniture pieces, or table & chair sets, cost 3,000 - 5,000 pounds, x 1.5 = lot of $$.  

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at home (cottage is ahead on the left) bdrm. view of Sutton Bank & White Horse of Kilburn a public access trail was a few minutes walk north Linda & tallish hay stacks  
  a farm north of the cottage looking back downhill at Kilburn Park area   first view of Kilburn
Mouseman furniture store     air dried oak only; kiln dried  is never used  
  traditional wall construction behind the store view of the White Horse of Kilburn, see note Mouseman Oak table banger on  Yorkshire pudding w/red onion gravy
little creek in town well-kept  garden pyracantha   around the door thistle  
  Kilburn church old Kilburn houses        

note - the White Horse of Kilburn is 228 ft. high x 314 ft. wide, and is made of placed limestone; it is not a natural outcropping.  Various sizes & styles of White Horses are found throughout English Counties, on hillsides like this one.  At Kilburn, a school headmaster and some of his students created this one in 1857, and fresh limestone is applied every 25 years or so. 

Local furniture maker Robert "Mouseman" Thompson (1876-1955) lived & worked in Kilburn. The story is that his carved mice, integral to the furniture relates to the phrase 'as poor as a church mouse' which somehow inspired him. He was part of a 1920's Arts & Crafts revival. 

On our travels, we found his high-quality oak furniture in many different places, including the tea shop at Byland Abbey, and, in the Choir pews in York Minister.  That's a massive amount of wood work and one of the most prestigious clients ever, we were told by a woman salesperson and kind of a docent. She   said that Thompson was instructed by the Prior of the Minster to make the mice less visible.   

Kilburn Church, shown above, was built in the 1100s, and was fully restored in 1869.  There are a lot of former residents of Kilburn Park buried here, which is probably why the muddy bridle path we took back looks like a bona fide old wagon trail, with old, well-established hedgerows. 

That second path back ended a few minutes' walk south of our cottage.  So today we saw 2 of the 3 trails between Kilburn and Kilburn Park; on the last day of our stay here I went looking for the third trail. 

a different trail on the walk back old muddy lane and hedgerows along open fields
  farmers must keep a  path open, through their crops trail ends at our driveway at dusk we met Holly from Coxwold w/  horse Nellie Coxwold was a five minute drive away, near Byland Abbey

Holly was friendly and told us that Nellie was trained as a show horse and could do many tricks.  We saw Holly a number of times during our stay and then were surprised to find her in the one & only Pub in Coxwold.  She said her dad always wanted to run a pub in Yorkshire and an opportunity came up, so they moved here from Scotland, only a year or two ago.

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