Welcome to the East and West Rountons website.
East Rounton is a model village near Northallerton in Yorkshire constructed for Sir Isaac Lowthian Bell, the ironmaster on his estate near Rounton Grange designed by Philip Webb. East Rounton church of St Lawrence contains a splendid Strachan window and another side window celebrating the life of the scholar, explorer, and arabist Gertrude Bell now popularly known as Queen of the Desert. The village hall designed by George Jack is at East Rounton and there is a War Memorial in front of it. East Rounton now has a farm shop called Roots which has its own butchery and sells fresh local produce and home baked food in their cafe. Nearby in the old walled garden of Rounton Grange is Dark Star Plants and also artisan coffee roasters Rountons Coffee located in the Old Granary. West Rounton has its own website and is about 1 mile away from East across the fields and has the church of St Oswald and two pubs, The Grey Horse(now closed) and the Horse Shoe Inn. West Rounton also contains Whitegates plant nurseries, Figs Catering and is home to Stamfrey farm organic clotted cream. This website is maintained by Rountons Village hall committee as a service to local residents in the Rountons.
The origins of the name Rounton and its spelling are open to some debate. One of the more fanciful explanations on GENUKI claims it is derived from the Anglo-Saxon for prince: "The name has been variously written at different times Roughton, Wroughton, Rungeton, Rouncton, and Rounton as at present, and may possibly have some connection with the Saxon Rinc,a prince, though there are no traditions of its having been at any time a royal residence." However, I think that the East and West Rountons may have a twin in North and South Runcton (near King's Lynn) and the name derives from a particular type of bridge between the two places.
This description taken from the Runcton website: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Place Names says that the first part of the name is from the Old English "hrung" meaning a rung or pole. This is likely to refer to a primitive bridge over marshy ground formed by placing poles close together at right angles to the direction of the road. Such bridges are still seen in Sweden today, where they are called "kavelbro".
On the subject of bridges the fight for a bridge across the A19 after the closure of the Black Swan junction in 2004 was worthwhile. The new bridge was lifted into position on Saturday 19th July 2008 exactly 4 years to the day after the junction was closed. A small crowd of villagers watched the bridge lifted into position. Some pictures of our new bridge being lifted into position on a rather damp and cold evening are online.
The next village hall event will be a performance of Queen of the Desert a new play about Gertrude Bell by David Farn on Friday 26th April at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. This will be followed on Saturday by an illustrated talk about Mountgrace Priory (Sir Hugh Bells family home) by Anne Simpson. Weekly every Monday from 6pm Yoga classes and on Thursday from 6pm onwards Zumba Gold keep fit classes. Photos from other events including the Valentines Dinner with food by Figs and events from last year include Halloween Quiz Night some pictures from these events are online.
The next Parish Council meeting will be on Monday ?th June 2019, 7.30, East Rounton Village Hall. The Agenda will be online.
The current Parish Magazine is also online. Previous issues for 2017 are also online.
Additional information for Stargazers in the Rountons and nearby including satellite predictions is now online.
High speed broadband has finally come to the Rountons or more specifically to West Rounton and East Harlsey. Welbury also has a new superfast cabinet. This means speeds of up to 50Mbps on BT Infinity are available to the lucky few. East Rounton is not included in the superfast provision. However, at the start of July the East Harlsey exchange was upgraded to full ADLS 2+ service and I find that I now get about 1Mbps additional speed downloads and 4x faster uploads as a result. It is worth rebooting your router to take advantage of the recent upgrade. More details about the services now available and some hints on how to get the best out of internet connections on rural phone lines.
The Rountons Festival
Festival Photo Gallery 2005
East Rounton Village Hall
The Village Hall is now on Facebook and Twitter
Adjacent village websites: Welbury, Picton, Appleton-Wiske, Crathorne , Ingleby Arnecliffe and East Harlsey
Local 5 day weather forecast (Leeming)
Travelling to Rounton by car from Middlesbrough or Northallerton and Local Road Detail
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|Last updated 3rd April 2019 by Martin Brown|