Why the name Aysgarth Station?

Aysgarth is actually a location. The name originates from old Norse, meaning the open space in the oak trees. Aysgarth is a village in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England. The village can be found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is famous for its 3 waterfalls. It is located on a restored antique railway and is one of the most beautiful places on earth, next to Acadia, of course. The owner who named the Inn spent many summer holidays there as a child, and named the Inn in memory of those golden years.

Map of Aysgarth in the UKIf you haven’t been to the Yorkshire Dales National Park you still might have seen Aysgarth Falls and not even realized it! It was used as the backdrop for a famous fight scene in the move Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

More recently, Downton Abbey used the Aysgarth as the family name of one of it’s characters. Appearing in the 2013 Christmas special, Baron Aysgarth is a nobleman who meets the Crawleys and Levinsons in 1923. Martha Levinson, the mother of Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, makes quite an impression on him. Having a title but no fortune, he sets his sights on Martha’s fortune.

He asks Martha to marry him but she turns him down because she is a modern woman with no interest in a title or living in England. But she does propose that he come visit her in Newport and she could introduce him to some rich widows who are more interested in titles than she is.