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Talk will focus on fascinating family
11:58am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
HISTORY buffs are to get a fascinating glimpse of a family whose short-lived impact on North Yorkshire is still felt today.
The next open meeting of Northallerton and District Local History Society will focus on the Rutsons, who became wealthy as international traders in Liverpool in the late 17th century.
In the early 1800s they bought property in North Yorkshire, including Newby Wiske Hall, which became their main home, and later the Nunnington Estate near Helmsley. They were philanthropic and funded many public buildings, including the Rutson Hospital in Northallerton High Street.
Ownership passed down through two elder brothers, who were both unmarried, and finally to Margaret, who was the daughter of a deceased younger brother.
She preferred Nunnington Hall to Newby Wiske, which she sold, using the proceeds to modernise Nunnington Hall, where she spent the rest of her life with her husband and two adopted daughters.
Her story encompasses the preservation of the latter property, now owned by the National Trust, and on the contrasting lifestyles between her generation and the next.
A presentation by Colin Wells will take place at the Sacred Heart Church Hall in Thirsk Road, where limited parking is available, at 7pm on September 10. Non-members are welcome for £2.50, while students under 18 will be admitted free.