The abandoned hamlet of Whorlton lies in the North York Moors National Park, beneath Whorl Hill. Its history predates the Domesday Book and evidence of Roman and Saxon occupation has been found.
The visible ruins of Whorlton castle gatehouse and the church of the Holy Rood still show the presence of the Normans following their occupation under William the Conqueror. The old church (Holy Rood) has ruined Norman arches and an intact chancel that houses a rare 14th century bogwood oak effigy, which is believed to be of Nicholas de Meynell, 2nd Lord of Whorlton who died in ad.1322. Many ancient features remain in, and about the church, a medieval bell tower containing an ancient bell to name only one. The castle gatehouse and church lie in their timeless settings and are well worth visiting for those with an interest in Norman history.