Local Links & History

The Blacksmith's Arms is set in the conservation village of Lastingham located within the boundaries of the North York Moors National Park. Quaint beautiful recently improved pub with open fire within walking distance of historic St Marys church in the village. Enjoy walks from our doorstep to Hutton-le-Hole, Rosedale, Cropton, Appleton-le-Moors and Sinnington.

Local Attractions

North York Moors - The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. Perfect for anyone who loves to go exploring by foot, cycle, car, Moorsbus or even on the North York Moors Railway. 

North York Moors Railway - With magnificent steam engines, beautiful rural stations and smartly uniformed staff, a visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is like taking a step back in time. From the smoke and steam pouring from the engines to the cosy wood-panelled carriages and friendly conductor service, the railway is both lovingly preserved and charmingly authentic. Stations are located at Pickering, Levisham, Newtondale, Goathland and Grosmont with some services continuing to Whitby. 

Ryedale Folk Musuem - Set in Hutton-le-Hole, step back in time to see what rural life was like in Ryedale covering some 2000 years. 

Eden Camp - Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum is a large Second World War-related museum near Malton in North Yorkshire in England. It occupies a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp of 33 huts. 

Flamingo Land Park & Zoo - The ideal place for all the family with record breaking rides and a large variety of animals in the zoo. 

Castle Howard - Yorkshire's finest historic house & estate. 

Dalby : The Great Yorkshire Forest - Yorkshire's finest forest with activities for all ages including bbq areas, GoApe Tree Top Adventure, numerous walks & graded cycle trails, cycle hire, picnic areas and special events. Some events include concerts, late night movies and even the British Rally Championships. 

Popular walk. Here is a popular walk which starts at The Blacksmith's Arms, then to Rosedale before returning back to Lastingham via Spaunton Moor. For details of this walk, please visit the York Press page: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/lifestyle/countrywalks/9918680.Country_walk_at_Lastingham/ 

Local History

Lastingham is a village and civil parish which lies in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England. It is on the southern fringe of the North York Moors, 5 miles (8.0 km) north-east of Kirkbymoorside, and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the east of Hutton-le-Hole. It was home to the early missionaries to the Angles, St. Cedd and his brother, St. Chad. At the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 96. 

The Blacksmith's Arms, opposite the church, has not changed that much since the late 18th century, when it was kept by the curate's wife in order that she could eke out the stipend of £20 per year and help to keep their 13 children. Rev Jeremiah Carter was hauled before his superiors for playing and dancing in the pub on the Sabbath. He explained that his parishioners had to travel many miles over the moors to attend the services in this very widespread parish and they needed refreshments before returning home. He maintained that in order to direct them from too much liquor and 'bad' conversation, he would play his fiddle and would not refuse the young folk if they wished to dance. It appears that j the Archdeacon was well satisfied with this.

Today Lastingham is still quietly nestling in a natural hollow, whilst the moorland-fed stream gently tumbles between the tiny greens and cottages. One side of the village edges onto open moorland, which stretches away to the north. The other side is lush with woodland and arable farmland. Lastingham comes within the medieval manor of Spaunton, still active in its land management through the Court Leet. Several farmers have grazing rights and-sheep roam freely on the moors and through the surrounding villages.

The attractive and well kept stone-built cottages, with their pantile roofs, remain much as they were in the early days. The bridge at the top of Low Street has a commemorative tablet to John Jackson RA, a celebrated artist who was born in the cottage opposite in 1778.

There are three holy wells in the village, dedicated to St Chad, St Ovin and St Cedd. They once formed part of the water supply to the village, until more recent times when the mains water was piped from West Ness.

St. Mary's Church

There is reason to believe that the original name for Lastingham was Læstingau. Læstingau first appears in history when King Ethelwald of Deira (651-c.655) founded a monastery for his own burial. Bede attributes the initiative to Ethelwald's chaplain Caelin, a brother of Cedd, Chad and Cynibil. Bede records that Cedd and Cynibil consecrated the site, and that Cynibil built it of wood. Cedd ruled the monastery as the first abbot until his death, combining this position with that of missionary bishop to the East Saxons. In 664, shortly after the Synod of Whitby, in which he was a key participant, St. Cedd died of the plague at Læstingau. Bede records that a party of monks from Essex came to mourn him and all but one were all wiped out by the plague. Cedd was first buried outside the wooden monastery but, at some time between 664 and 732, a stone church was erected, and his body was translated to the right side of the altar. The crypt of the present parish church remains a focus for veneration of Cedd. His brother St. Chad took his place as abbot. 

The information contained on this History page has been taken from WikiPedia and VisitorUK.