Researching the works of the Mouseman can be very rewarding and close to us in Barnard Castle we have found yet another link to the famous craftsman Robert Mouseman Thompson of Kilburn.
One hundred years ago Hutton Magna and its neighbour West Layton like many small Yorkshire villages comprised some 55 houses yet 34 men went to fight in the first world war and 12 of them all from Hutton Magna did not return, with one family losing three brothers.
Most villages remembered their dead by erecting a stone monument however Hutton Magna decided to raise £800.00 for a wooden lychgate at the entrance to the churchyard.
It was built by Robert Mouseman Thompson and like other very early pieces doesn’t have a mouse, the gate was unveiled on April 19th 1921 amid great ceremony.
The lychgate is situated in the high street next to The Oak Tree Inn and we recommend a visit to both !