Great Ayton History Society

The Great Ayton History Society website was created by a team of local residents to tell the story of Great Ayton and record information on the local history in the parishes of Great and Little Ayton


Great Ayton History Society are celebrating 15 years as a society in 2017. To celebrate their longevity they organised a series of presentations based on the local history and findings in Great Ayton - starting with 'Did James Cook Live Here? An Update on the Aireyholme site'. John Rowlands of the History Society kindly wrote an article for Visit Great Ayton on this subject and their recent archaeological dig carried out near Airyholme Farm. You can read this article by following this link

Latest News

Great Ayton History Society were approached by ReefTV, the production company heading Britain's Channel 4 documentary 'Hidden Villages' which aired in 2016, to apply for their next production and competition 'Village of the Year 2017' which is to be presented by Penelope Keith accompanied by a team of judges. An application has been submitted by Ian Pearce, Secretary of the History Society. You can read the full news article here


Great Ayton History Society record information is made available to a wider audience through public presentations and exhibitions, guided walks and publications. The group meets on alternate Wednesdays from 9:30am in the Friends’ Meeting House on Great Ayton High Green. Everybody is welcome should they be interested in increasing their knowledge of local history in the area.

Presentations 2017

Now in its 15th year, the Great Ayton History Society is once again holding a series of presentations on aspects of village history.  All the presentations will be in the main hall of the Friends’ Meeting House on the High Green in Great Ayton starting at 7:30pm

Free admission with refreshments afterwards (donations welcome).

More information can be obtained from Ian Pearce at 01642 722964. 


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