From Yorkshire With Love

Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire

From Yorkshire With Love

It’s hard to believe that there was a time in my life when I absolutely couldn’t wait to escape this place. That place in question is Richmond in North Yorkshire.

As a small child, it was my universe. As a teen, it was the bane of my life. As an adult, it is home. And I feel so lucky to be able to call it that.

Richmond North Yorkshire, river swale

Richmond in North Yorkshire

A charming market town nestled within the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond in North Yorkshire – the first and original of all Richmonds in the worlds (and the best, in my humble opinion) –  is such a magical place.

Granted, I’ve had to take a step back to see how lovely it really is, but I can fully appreciate it for what it is. For almost 30 years, this is where I grew up and although I no longer live there, I am never too far from home.

As far as cute little English towns go, Richmond is pretty darn cute. As an old town founded by the Normans in 1071, its stubbornness to embrace change is the very reason why Richmond has been able to preserve it’s heritage all these years. It’s a place steeped in history, and urban myths and legends, it’s full of character and its old traditions.

Richmond North Yorkshire, georgian architectureRichmond North Yorkshire, georgian architecture

Every corner of town has its little quirks from gothic buildings, listed Georgian properties to it’s quaint cobbled streets. When I stay at my parents house, I love nothing more than to wake up at 6am on a Summer’s morning for a blissful long walk to take in the clean fresh air of the picturesque Yorkshire countryside.

Richmond North Yorkshire, River swale

I don’t know why I have this sudden sense of sentiment. I didn’t always wax lyrical about it, but every love affair has it’s ups and downs, right?

The thing is, with a place like Richmond, you have to outgrow it to be able return and see it for it’s true beauty. Otherwise, like with any small towns across the world, there’s a risk you’ll will be stuck with the small town mentality and I think that’s the part I struggled with as a teenager. After all, it’s a small town and it can get claustrophobic. It can get too crowded and uncomfortable.

I was constantly looking forward to the day I could escape and grow as an individual instead of feeling stuck. Stuck in the same place, stuck in the same social circle, seeing the same faces, doing the same thing, living the same routine and forever being defined by the trivial mistakes you had made as a teen. I’m aware that I’m too demanding of a person to stick around for too long, but I sure miss it when I’m not there.

The older I get, the more I appreciate it. I’m lucky that I was able to spend a large part of my life (and more importantly, my childhood) here, I have fond memories but mainly, because let’s face it, there are worse places to grow up as a child.

Richmond North Yorkshire, georgian architecture

While Richmond isn’t the “coolest” (95% of it’s population is almost as ancient as the town itself* – *That’s not an official statistic, by the way…), it’s also not, as you can imagine, the most diverse or the most open-minded place in the world, but it is extremely charming and and incredibly welcoming. As a tourist town that relies heavily on out-of-towners, you would expect it to be been conditioned so.

But Richmonders are genuinely welcoming with that unique sense of Yorkshire charm, and you’ll fall in love with it if you ever visit.

 

What do you love about your hometown?

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4 Comments

  1. Tina
    8th July 2018 / 7:57 am

    What a lovely post, It brought so many memories back. As soon as I saw the pic with the castle in the background I knew it was Richmond. I lived there for a year when I was 13, many years ago and I loved it then. I even loved school. I knew every alleyway and short cut and was gutted when my family decided to move to Leeds. Richmond is still one of my favourite places. I go back every so often to walk round the old haunts. Love what they have done with the old railway station, it’s a place for tourists and locals alike.

    • 9th July 2018 / 11:22 am

      Aw, Tina, it’s so nice to know that some of my readers are from (or have previously lived) in this part of the country. Richmond is really special, I know that now. The Station is really great, I think they are currently going through some changes so there may be something new for you upon your next visit. Do you remember when it was a garden centre all those years ago? x

  2. 12th July 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Always wanted to go to Yorkshire! Looks so pretty.

    • 13th July 2018 / 11:32 am

      It’s a lovely part of the country! Would highly recommend visiting North Yorkshire, in particular (but then again, I am biased!) 🙈

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