Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

A view across the fields of pasture to Cockayne where Bransdale Lodge, St. Nicholas's church, and Cockayne cottage stand of a small hill amidst deciduous trees which are only just coming into leaf.

Cockayne — Bransdale’s ‘centre’

Bransdale is a peaceful community consisting of dispersed farmsteads that has remained seemingly unaltered throughout history. At one time, Eastside and Westside were two separate townships, each belonging to different parishes. Nonetheless, they were combined in 1873 to establish Bransdale-cum-Farndale.

Bransdale differs from typical communities in that it lacks a central village. However, Cockayne, a hamlet located at the head of the dale, is often recognised as the settlement centre, likely because it is home to St. Nicholas’s church. The church was established in 1800 as a chapel of ease for the Kirkby Moorside parish.

But the rest of Cockayne comprises only a few buildings, including Bransdale Lodge, a farm, and a cottage that is currently offered as a holiday let. Bransdale Lodge, which was constructed in the mid-19th century, was utilised by the Earl of Feversham as a shooting lodge.






2 responses to “Cockayne — Bransdale’s ‘centre’”

  1. Scott Hollingsworth avatar
    Scott Hollingsworth

    Always assumed Cockayne derived from cockainge – land of milk and honey- such is the beauty of this spot. There’s a delightful remnant of presumably the lodge’s sheltered valley gardens in the micro climate of Bloworth Slack entered through an old gate shortly before the bridge. A really interesting settlement, including the old Bransdale Mill. Last time I checked National Trust was renting out the Lodge.

    1. Fhithich avatar

      Thanks Scott. I’ve already covered the Valley Gardens see http://www.fhithich.uk/?p=21128

      Yes, I believe the Lodge is let on a long-term basis.

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