The West End of Norton View (the sitting room and dining hall) dates back to the early 17th Century. About a hundred years later the house was extended to include the porch, kitchen, stable, dairy and granary at the East end – the steps for this remain to this day. The original staircase was replaced and repositioned in the recent refurbishments to allow enough headroom on the landing to comply with today’s building standards. Historically, Norton View is thought to have been a coaching inn with a smithy, this would have been served by the well (which was discovered in 2010) and is beneath the patio at the front of the house. Norton View has since been a farm house for as long as anyone can remember.
Stanley Thackray was the last farmer to live and farm at Norton View before he retired in 2008. Following the many years as a working farmhouse, Norton View was in need of a total renovation. Due to its Grade 2 listed status and situation in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this work was planned for and carried out with sensitivity to its heritage and surroundings. All the interior walls are plastered using traditional lime plaster, the original windows have been restored where possible or replaced with suitable traditional joiner made frames and glassware, the original flag floors have been lifted and replaced following the installation of under floor heating. The renovation work took three years to complete. The decision was made to let the house to families for holidays and the first guests arrived in October 2011.
Moses Thackray, a single man aged 30, bought Norton View Farm at a public auction in Skipton in 1919, the farmhouse came with 105 acres and buildings. In 1920 he went to live and farm at Norton View with his Mother and Grandmother. He later met Jessie and they married in 1923, they had four children, Florence, Stanley and Frank and a baby who died in infancy. Florence Thackray married Frank Carr, and went to live and farm at Lee Gate Farm, Malham. Frank Thackray met and married his wife Marjorie and went to live and farm at Park House, Bordley. Stanley Thackray stayed at Norton View where he farmed until he retired in 2008.
Norman Carr (Grandson of Moses Thackray) and his wife Christine now run Norton View. They live and farm at Lee Gate, Malham.