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All Saints Church,

Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Dutch House
Wildlife Garden

Gilling Castle
Gilling East
Hovingham Hall
Howsham Mill
Kirkham Priory
Newburgh Priory
Nunnington Hall
Scampston Walled Garden
Sheriff Hutton
Sheriff Hutton

St. Gregory's Minster
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OS grid reference:- SE 547 748

Hovingham HallThe highly attractive village and unspoilt of Oulston, a conservation area, lies on the edge of the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is about three miles to the north-east of Easingwold. Oulston is situated in the upper part of a small valley running into the southern slopes of the Howardian Hills rising from the Vale of York.

The remains of a Roman villa have been discovered in the area, Oulston is located near the junction of two old Roman roads. Articles taken from the site are now on display at the York Museum.

Hovingham Hall The name of the village possibly derives from the Anglo-Saxon Christian name  Ulf combined with tun meaning habitation. Oulston is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 were it is referred to as Uluestan, at the time of the Norman conquest , the lands were owned by Gospatric, son Arnketil. The lands became the property of King William the Conqueror, later they were granted to the Fauconberg family and from them they passed to the Wombwell family, who lived at the nearby Newburgh Priory Estate.

The pretty village green is surrounded by traditional stone cottages. The layout of Oulston has changed very little over the last four centuries. The green has a circular seat under a tree, while a ring of stones on the green marks where the old well once stood, this was once covered by a brick octagonal building which was demolished in the nineteen forties.

A former Wesleyan chapel in Oulston has been converted to the characterful village hall (pictured right) and is a Grade II listed building.

There are four sites in the area that are scheduled ancient monuments. They are:-

Towns and Villages