The archaeology of the Dawnay Estates
The influence of man on the landscape at Wykeham and Danby can be found from as early as Neolithic times, with flint arrow heads being found in the fields below Wykeham on the edge of what would have been the marshland and lakes of the Vale of Pickering.
The Bronze and Iron Age settlers left the largest prehistoric marks and earthworks on the landscape, from tumuli and barrows, to long linear ditch systems, thought to be boundary markers. Roman excavations were found at St Helens Caravan Site, and remains of the medieval priory at Wykeham Abbey are still standing.
Danby Castle was developed in Medieval times, and from the C17th the Dawnay family owned the Danby Estate. In more recent times there are remains of the Danby Signal station from the Second World War. The Estate has many historic and listed buildings to maintain, some of the village houses being developed from C17th long houses.
Dawnay Estates continue to protect and preserve these sites in consultation with English Heritage and the National Park along with advice from its own archaeologists.