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'Mother of all Richmonds' Nov 03, 2011
According to the town's website (http://www.richmond.org) there are over 50 Richmonds in the world of which this was the first. There is a history dating back to the stone age, as remains illustrate

Three sites in particular appealed to me as well as the town's historic outdoor market.

The first is the Norman castle, one of the oldest stone-built castles in England. Next in time comes Easby Abbey, just a mile down the beautiful River Swale. It is now in ruins and it suffered some battering in Scottish raids and English reprisals even before the dissolution of the Monasteries.

I have left the one I consider most striking until last. After all Yorkshire is not short of castles or outstanding abbey ruins. What is unique in the county is the Georgian theatre and its small museum. Built at the end of the eighteenth century, this theatre was closed from somewhere around 1830 up to the 1960s but it is very much alive now. If you look at http://www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/media/perspectiv.html and you are interested in old European theatres, you may well get ideas for an unusual holiday.
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