is a village
and civil parish
in the Hambleton
district of North Yorkshire
. It is situated 18 miles north of York
and is where the Rev. Laurence Sterne
wrote A Sentimental Journey
Coxwold stands on a slight hill. At the bottom is the village smithy and well. Facing a big elm tree is the Fauconberg Arms Inn
, bearing the arms and motto of Baron Fauconberg
. The villagers' cottages are on the slope, and at the top is St Michael's church, to which Sterne was appointed vicar in 1760. Since 700 AD, Coxwold has had a church on this site at the top of the hill. The present church was built in 1420 in the Perpendicular style with an unusual octagonal west tower. The chancel features a unique tongue-shaped communion rail (early 18th century).
Nearby is Shandy Hall
, the house where Sterne lived from 1760 to 1768, and playfully named by him. Shandy Hall was originally built in 1430 as a parsonage for the Coxwold village priest. It is a small building, with a mossy stone-covered roof, wide gables, and massive chimney-stacks, originally a timber framed open-hall house considerably altered in the 17th century. The stone tablet above its doorway states that Sterne wrote Tristram Shandy
and A Sentimental Journey
at Shandy Hall. This is not entirely accurate, for two (of the nine) volumes of Tristram Shandy
had already been published in 1759 before Sterne moved to Coxwold.
- For the village of Coxwold web site.