An 18th century table thought to have belonged to Laurence Sterne.
The table belonged to Sterne, but was sold along with the rest of his furniture after his death in 1768. It was bought by the local innkeeper and handed down through his family until it came into the ownership of Miss Gladys L M Coleman of Helmsley. When she heard about the Trust, she said, 'I'd like it to come home', and so it was presented to the Trust in 1969. The table is wooden and has a small drawer which opens to the front with two brass handles. There is also a keyhole where a space has been carved out for a lock although there is not one present.
Donated in 1969.