Roots Farm Shop & Café, Northallerton

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Local History

Rounton Grange, a great hall once the epicentre of East Rounton was designed by the father of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Philip Webb for Isaac Lowthian Bell around 1870. Webb is known for his country houses being unpretentious and informal; his first commission being the Red House (1859) for his friend William Morris. Unfortunately the Grange was demolished in 1953 after failed attempts to give it to the National Trust. The only things that remain of the hall are various buildings that served it.

Home Farm (Roots Farm Shop) is one of the remaining legacies of the old estate, an unusual example of Webb's work, as the detailing in the design of both the farm house and buildings was as carefully executed as the grand houses he designed.

The Grange's Walled Gardens are still in East Rounton and is now home to Dark Star Plants.

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, the daughter of Sir Hugh Bell by his first marriage, achieved international fame through her skills as an Arabist, archaeologist, museologist, and who through her political skills became highly influential to British imperial policy-making. Along with T.E.Lawrence, Bell played a major role in establishing and helping administer the modern state of Iraq, utilising her unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East. During her lifetime she was highly esteemed and trusted by British officials and given an immense amount of power for a woman at the time. She has been described as "one of the few representatives of His Majesty's Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection".

For more details on Rounton's History visit www.therountons.com

For more information about Gertrude Bell visit www.gerty.ncl.ac.uk