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Spofforth lies between Harrogate and Wetherby, and offered the first subject on Turner’s tour of central Yorkshire in 1816 as he set off eastwards from Farnley Hall, the home of his Yorkshire patron Walter Fawkes. Spofforth was from Norman times the home of the Percy family, who later established themselves at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The earliest part of the present fortified manor house is a twelfth-century undercroft. The main part of the building visible here dates from the fifteenth century.