Thief Hall Journal

Thief Hall’s History

banner-accommodation Welcome to our Thief Hall Blog! We thought that we would share our ideas, opinions and wedding experiences with you.
Lets start with the name Thief Hall…

Thief Hall is located on Thief Hole Lane so this is where the name came from, but why?

Thief Hole Lane has been known by this name since before 1657. The local rumours have it that many years ago the A168 was the main London to Edinburgh road, which ran right past Thornton Le Moor (then known as Thornton Le Mora) using Thirsk and Northallerton as coach resting towns. With so much opportunity the thieves would use the large hole at the end of Thief Hole Lane to hide in, ready to hold up the coaches as they passed through. Thus giving us the name Thief Hole Lane.

Unfortunately when studying the local history of Northallerton and Thornton ale Moor, there are discrepancies. It is true that before 1100AD the A168 was known as the main London to Edinburgh road and Northallerton largely owes its development to this fact. Then later on in time the A1 took over as its main route. The A168 road was still very popular as it joined York to Edinburgh.

However, the simple fact that stage coaches did not start their era until 1763 means that Thief Hole Lane was named before the stage coach era and thus the rumours must be a fairytale…

Has the Hall always been there?

Yes just not as you would recognise it! Thief Hall was renovated from barns that held sheep. The hall was completed in 2015 restored in stunning style, offering a classic barn wedding venue with open beams and a clean modern finish. It is set in the beautiful countryside of North Yorkshire, the perfect backdrop for your special day or occasion.

(See the pictures below for before and afters)

Glamping Pods

Meet our six glamping pods with a difference…..
They each come with a separate theme and sleep up to 4 altogether with a king bed and bunk bed, perfect for families with children.

Thief Hole Barn

Whether you’re looking to take some time out with family, find the perfect setting to celebrate an occasion, are looking for an adventure break or a corporate retreat, Thief Hole Barn provides a stunning location. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets from the courtyard, spread out on the huge L-shaped sofa in front of the wood burning stove and enjoy the calm and serenity of country living.

Swift Nick Cottage

Offering spacious living for up to four adults and two children, Swift Nick is the perfect hideaway for any family or group. Easy access and a sloped ramp make Swift Nick ideal for those requiring versatile, easy living in an idyllic ground floor cottage. Whether you want to cosy up by the fire in Winter or enjoy the sunshine on the terrace in Summer, Swift Nick offers a luxurious holiday home away from home in the tranquillity of the countryside.

Turpin Cottage

Nestle yourself away in this beautifully converted cottage and enjoy splendid views of the North Yorkshire countryside. A haven of countryside charm and cottage comfort, Turpin Cottage is a fantastic location for some well-deserved time out for you and your pet. With a spacious feel and high beamed ceilings you cannot fail to appreciate its original character.

Fawkes Cottage

This sensitively renovated barn conversion oozes charm and character whilst providing contemporary home from home living for two adults and children. The perfect retreat for a romantic break, family holiday, or countryside escape, Fawkes Cottage balances five star luxury with everyday comforts including your very own private hot tub!

Millington House

The heart of the six cottages with dining facilities for up to 20 guests. This cottage is perfect for any celebration, party, family get-together or just a group wishing to get away from it all.

Bateman Byre

This one bedroom cottage is named after the Yorkshire witch Mary Bateman and with the original character of the barn you cannot fail to appreciate the old with the new. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped with washer/dryer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, and every other item you would expect. Why not enjoy watching the sunset from the hot tub!

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What we offer

Thief Hall is a barn conversion restored in stunning style, offering a blank canvas venue with open beams and a clean modern finish. Thief Hall is surrounded by the beautiful rural countryside of North Yorkshire, the perfect backdrop for your special day! Included with the venue you will receive:

Exclusive 3 day hire
Accommodation for 2 nights for 60+ guests
6 cottages, 5 with hot tubs
6 Glamping Pods
Wedding planning support throughout
Wedding coordination on your day
Fully licensed to hold civil ceremony weddings
Fully stocked and staffed bar
Outdoor Weddings available
No restrictions or stipulations
Tables, chairs, linen and more!
Marquees Permitted