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Great Ayton is a scenic village situated in North Yorkshire, next to the North York Moors, in England. The village is best known as the boyhood home of Captain Cook, the British explorer and navigator. Cook's family moved to Airey Holme farm by Great Ayton in 1736, when Cook was 8 years old. He attended the local school for about 4 years, with that school now serving as the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum. Great Ayton Map

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The family home was dismantled in 1934, and shipped to Melbourne Australia. The house was rebuilt in Melbourne's scenic Fitzroy Gardens, in honour of Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia.

In the 1700s and 1800s, Great Ayton expanded with work from weaving, tanning, brewing and tile making.

The statue seen right, is situated in the vallage centre, on High Green, showing the young James Cook looking towards the sea. The sculpture by Nicholas Dimbleby, was unveiled on the 12th May 1997.

The All Saints Chuch from the 1100s is where James Cook worshipped with his family from the age of 8 to 15. In the graveyard, you can view the graves of his mother and five of his brothers and sisters.

The scenic village attracts many visitors visiting the Cook trail, and relaxing by the river that winds its way through the village. The village is about one mile from the north side to the south side. The Royal Oak Hotel is situated at the north side overlooking High Green, and the Buck Inn is situated at the south side, both are popular for meals and refreshments.

Roseberry Topping is one of the highest hills in Yorkshire, situated about 2 miles northeast of the village, a popular hike for visitors today, and the young Cook in the 1730s. More history at: wiki/Great_Ayton

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Great Ayton Church
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