Terrington Arts

A community arts charity

Interpretation Boards and Linked Website Project

What is the project?

To design and install 4 boards, backed by a website. One board will show walks from Terrington. The other 3 will show buildings to look out for when walking around the village and will tell about its people and some of their stories at different times.

While the boards will be located in Terrington village, their content will refer to the whole civil parish. Further panels and QR posts could be added elsewhere in the parish at a later stage.

The accompanying website will be an ongoing development, intended to be a resource for residents and visitors who want to know more about the parish, its history and its environment. Talking as well about past times not covered by the boards, it will carry some of the stories you can tell us.

We also want to include what Terrington means to people today and capture how the village is changing in the 21st century.

What will the boards look like?

We’ve looked at a number of designs and this seems the one that best meets our needs.

Photograph of an Interpretation Board in Strensall giving historical information about the village

What will the boards be about?

1. Walks around Terrington

Map or maps of walks – 4 routes exist already – can you devise some more? The board will refer walkers to the Howardian Hills AONB online and downloadable maps for each walk and to the wider map of the AONB showing all public footpaths. QR codes are planned too. Walkers will be invited to park at the Village Hall carpark.

2. Terrington around the 1850

We have no photos from this time though there is a map in the Castle Howard Collection which shows the village about then with some of the people who owned properties. We can use other sources such as the censuses and trade directories to tell a story about the village and its inhabitants. We can even do pen portraits of some of them: what job they were doing, whether they were born and bred in Terrington, what their family consisted of and in what conditions some of them lived. And how they might have spent their leisure time: after all, there were three pubs, and yet the 2 Methodist chapels had as many members as the church of All Saints. There was also a Football Field down near Cotrill Farm. Some drawings to illustrate what we find would add colour to the stories ...

3. Terrington around 1900

The big houses (Ganthorpe Hall, Wiganthorpe Hall, Terrington Hall, Terrington House, The Cliff). Who owned them? Who was living in them? Who worked in them? What happened in them? Plus stories to tell ...

4. Where people came together

Besides 3 pubs, there've been 1 church, 3 chapels (or maybe more ...), 5 schools, 2 reading rooms, 2 village halls and 2 parish rooms, a temperance inn and a temperance hotel. Where were they, and when? Photos and a few words abour each, and maybe a story of two ...

Where will they be?

1. On the wall of the Village Hall
2. The area in front of the Shop
3. The eastern side of the Plump
4. At the head of the green lane, leading to Terrington Prep School playingfields

Display from the Launch Event showing the proposed locations and contents of the Interpretation Boards

How long will the boards last and how much will the project cost?

The aim is that the boards will be robust enough to last for at least 10 years, that they can’t rot and are accident and vandal resistant. Their content should not become dated in that time. Maintenance would be limited to periodic washing down of the display surface.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be £7000 (e-mail us if you would like to receive more details). Terrington Arts will provide some funding and further contributions are hoped for from the Parish Council, the Village Hall and the Howardian Hills AONB. The charge for creating and maintaining the website is already being waived. If design work or any other aspect of the project can also be provided for free or at cost, then the cost of the project can be accordingly reduced. We will need to fundraise the rest through community activities and by bidding to funding organisations for support.

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