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Rubbing House

A Grade II Listed Building in West Witton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2831 / 54°16'59"N

Longitude: -1.8814 / 1°52'53"W

OS Eastings: 407818

OS Northings: 487498

OS Grid: SE078874

Mapcode National: GBR HL9X.GD

Mapcode Global: WHC6X.2LCW

Entry Name: Rubbing House

Listing Date: 24 January 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1130884

English Heritage Legacy ID: 321849

Location: West Witton, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL8

County: North Yorkshire

District: Richmondshire

Civil Parish: West Witton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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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 from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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