Nostalgia: The genius of Sir George Cayley
There are two different kinds of villages or townships running along both sides of the eastern end of the Vale of Pickering, the “closed” estate villages which have belonged to one family generation after generation and the “open” ones of multi-ownership. Even today, the estate townships such as Hackness, Seamer, Ganton, Wykeham and West Heslerton contrast markedly with villages such as Snainton, Sherburn or Muston. The Cayleys no longer live in Brompton, the Legards have moved out from Ganton to Scampston, and Seamer no longer belongs to the Denisons, whereas Hackness has still the Johnstones and Wykeham the Dawnays. Yet, despite the relatively recent departure of the Cayleys, Brompton still bears the imprint of their presence during three centuries.