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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
Our Vicar, Caroline, recently featured in the Yorkshire Post.
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Final Journeys...

Corpse Ways or Corpse Roads
were established as a means of transporting the deceased, often from very remote communities, to
consecrated ground of their parish church.

In Swaledale the Corpse Way along which the dead were traditionally carried in wicker coffins, runs from Keld
Grinton churchyard.

Beside Ivelet Bridge, a large flat stone is said to be where
the coffin bearers rested their heavy loads.

The journey could be hazardous and
there are stories of both corpse and pall bearers being swept away in floods.

Eventually, in 1580, a graveyard was consecrated at Muker and the relatives of
the dead no longer had to brave the Corpse Way.
What’s in a
The two main types of place-names are habitation-names
(farms, villages) and
nature-names (woods, hills).

The  earliest record of many names is in the Domesday Book but nearly all Dales place-names were given long before that by the Viking or Anglo-Saxon settlers.

Swaledale means, very appropriately,  
The valley of the rushing river”  

probably means “The valley of Arkle’s enclosure”

Both Dales have a number of interesting-sounding hamlets, amongst which are:

“The stream”

Gunnerside “Gunner’s high pasture”

“The spring”

“The small field”

“The butter hill”

The green enclosure”

“The stream by the sandbank”  

The house on the bend”   

“The enclosure near the sheepfold”

2Dales Action for Refugees –


Hospitality Breaks for Asylum Seekers

Some people have offered respite breaks already (more welcome).  The Tees Valley of Sanctuary is very interested in this development and one of its experienced volunteers is working with us.  More information will be available soon. Please contact Lee Lowther (884 473 or Chris Watts (886 202)