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Plompton is located in North Yorkshire
 Plompton shown within North Yorkshire
OS grid reference SE355535
District Harrogate
Shire county North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district HG5
Dialling code 01423
Police North Yorkshire
Fire North Yorkshire
Ambulance Yorkshire
EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Parliament Harrogate and Knaresborough
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Coordinates: 53°59′24″N 1°28′04″W / 53.9899°N 1.4677°W / 53.9899; -1.4677

Plompton is a hamlet and civil parish located south of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England. It is close to the A661.

Plompton Hall was designed by the architect John Carr, and composer John Hebden originates from the parish.

Plumpton Rocks[edit]

Plompton Rocks, circa 1798 - J.M.W. Turner
A photographer capturing an image of the rocks in 2009.

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.[1] These now hang at Harewood House.

The rocks were also painted by Thomas Girtin.[2]

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.[3]

It has been suggested that the highest point of rock adjacent to the lake is called Lovers' Leap.[4]

The website for the garden is

Opening times Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays March to October, 11.00am to 6.00pm


  1. ^ Brief history at
  2. ^ Morris, Susan. "Girtin, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10777.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ Turner painting at Tate Online
  4. ^ [1]

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