Middlethorpe Hall

Jan Leeming

Shoreham 2007

Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



2020 - March (1)
2020 - January (1)
2019 - May (4)
2019 - January (3)
2018 - November (1)
2018 - October (5)
2018 - July (1)
2018 - June (2)
2018 - April (1)
2018 - March (3)
2018 - February (2)
2018 - January (2)

All - 2020 (2)
All - 2019 (7)
All - 2018 (17)
All - 2017 (65)
All - 2016 (107)
All - 2015 (52)
All - 2014 (112)
All - 2013 (143)
All - 2012 (109)
All - 2011 (119)
All - 2010 (85)
All - 2009 (85)
All - 2008 (49)
All - 2007 (2)
All - 2006 (3)


Jan's Blog

Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 6th March 2012


Having been elected a Vice President of the Yorkshire Air Museum (Allied Air Forces Memorial) it was encumbent upon me to familiarize myself with Elvington.

Was looked after right royally (literally) and booked into Middlethorpe Hall – a National Trust Property – on the outskirts of York.

What a delightful William and Mary house originally built for a rich Master Cutler. I love historic houses and would always choose to stay in a hostelry with charm, rather than an hotel with all mod cons and no character. I loved the wood lined walls and uneven floors.

Didn’t have time to enjoy the Spa and the gardens – perhaps another time.

I was informed that previous guests who had occupied my room were several Royals and also some film stars with Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe among them. I have a theory that we leave behind us a kind of aura – a sense of our having been there. Have you ever visited an old house and sensed either great happiness or sadness?

As I snuggled down into the enormous bed I half expected Mr. Crowe to come and tuck me in dressed in his gladiatorial robes – but no such luck. (Only joking of course)

Tomorrow a comprehensive tour of Evington and then an interview with the Yorkshire Post. The latter to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands War during which time I was a Newsreader with the BBC and would have brought the salutary news into millions of homes.

À demain. Jan

Couldn't get a decent photo of Middlethorpe Hall because of the rain, so here's the bed which Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe slept in - and latterly little old me!


What do you think? Send your feedback to contact@jan-leeming.com.