English Heritage has paid £865,000 for a 19th Century inn in the grounds of the 12th century Byland Abbey in North Yorkshire. The acquisition is the first of its kind for English Heritage, which will use the income from the pub to help fund its preservation programmes in the region. David Bailey, English Heritage's head of visitor operations for the North York Moors and North Yorkshire coast, said: "While other organisations in the sector such as the National Trust have taken on the running of pubs and restaurants, this is a first for us. "It will provide us with a valuable source of income and help us preserve some of the most spectacular buildings in the area."