Plompton shown within North Yorkshire
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|Shire county||North Yorkshire|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|UK Parliament||Harrogate and Knaresborough|
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Plumpton Rocks is a man-made lake and surrounding pleasure gardens designed by Daniel Lascelles against a backdrop of towering rocks eroded by the wind. The lake was extended by a dam built by John Carr, architect of the hall. The artist J.M.W. Turner was commissioned by Edward Lascelles, 1st Earl of Harewood to produce two paintings of the lake and rocks. These now hang at Harewood House.
It is currently operated as a tourist attraction by the owner Robert de Plumpton Hunter. The reason for the 'u' in the current name for the rocks is unknown - Turner referred to it as Plompton Rocks, in keeping with the name of the parish itself.
It has been suggested that the highest point of rock adjacent to the lake is called Lovers' Leap.
The website for the garden is www.plumptonrocks.com
Opening times Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays March to October, 11.00am to 6.00pm
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- Brief history at follifoot.org
- Morris, Susan. "Girtin, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10777.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Turner painting at Tate Online
- "The Ancient Parish of Spofforth". GENUKI. Retrieved 2007-10-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Plompton was in this parish
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