It stands in a lovely riverside garden open to the public.A short walk along Bedale Beck brings you to an area known locally as The Harbour.
Fitz Alan later rose to become Earl of Surrey and led the fight against William Wallace in the late 13th century.
The parish church of Bedale dates to the late Saxon period and was named among the top 1000 Churches in England by author Simon Jenkins.
The most unusual feature is a medieval wall painting depicting St George slaying a dragon.
what is striking is that St George is shown as left-handed, from a period when left-handedness was viewed with suspicion.
Another rarity is a Viking grave stone carved with a likeness of the legendary Wayland the Smith.