As we edge closer and closer to the long-awaited series three of Channel 5’s All Creatures Great And Small, which will hopefully feature an equally long-awaited wedding, we couldn’t help but spoil the fun for ourselves and do some digging about the upcoming on-screen nuptials… And as expected, we found the answers right here in Yorkshire.
Following a lovely ceremony at St. Mary’s Church, Thirsk (the inspiration behind Alfred Wight’s fictional Darrowby), Wight and his new wife Joan Catherine Anderson Danbury (or Helen, as we ACGAS fans know her as!) headed off to the nearby Dales to settle into married life, picking the quaint Wheatsheaf Inn in Carperby as their love nest for the occasion.
Visiting the Wensleydale pub back in 1941, Alfred and Joan (AKA James and Helen) enjoyed a ‘working honeymoon’ together, continuing to test for TB with their farm animal clients while enjoying the quiet villages of the Dales. The writer explained that their local trip was due to a lack of funds and overdue tuberculin testing.
Speaking of the stay in his book, James Herriot’s Yorkshire, the author said: “Those two good ladies fed us like royalty during our stay there, piling the dining table with Yorkshire fare. Enormous breakfasts of home-cured ham and fresh eggs, massive dinners of roast beef and Yorkshire puddings and apple pies drowned in cream. And always, on the table, a foot-high Wensleydale cheese the old kind of wet Wensleydale cheese which was exquisite to eat”.
“Our bedroom, with its brass bedstead, looked out over the old roofs of the village across the Ure to the hills beyond, and I still feel that wherever Helen and I may have spent our honeymoon, we could not have found greater beauty.”
While the rooms have faced refurbishment in recent years, the rest of the pub remains almost the same, with tons of beautiful original features throughout and a cosy, traditional look that feels truly authentic to the 17th-century building.
There, guests can expect proper Yorkshire grub – including Whitby scampi, Wensleydale sausages and homemade pies – alongside beers from Masham’s own Black Sheep Brewery.
Found in the quiet village of Carperby, guests can expect a truly rural retreat when staying at The Wheatsheaf Inn, with only stone cottages and countryside views surrounding.
Nearby, however, guests can revel in the sights of some of the Yorkshire Dales’ most famous attractions, including Aysgarth Falls, Castle Bolton and Hawes. The pub is also just a short drive away from The Forbidden Corner, which has long been one of the region’s favourite family days out.
It’s unclear which room James and Helen stayed in during their honeymoon, however, we suspect that it was in one of the inn’s Traditional Rooms, which are located in the original wing of the inn. Find out more and book here.
[Featured image: The Wheatsheaf Inn]