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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
Our Vicar, Caroline, recently featured in the Yorkshire Post.
Click on the picture to read the full article.
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
To
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.
Parish News
What’s in a
name...?
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”  

Arkengarthdale
probably means “The valley of Arkle’s enclosure”

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

Reeth
“The stream”

Gunnerside “Gunner’s high pasture”

Keld
“The spring”

Muker
“The small field”

Smarber
“The butter hill”

Grinton
The green enclosure”

Melbecks
“The stream by the sandbank”  

Booze  
The house on the bend”   

Whaw  
“The enclosure near the sheepfold”

Our curate, Revd. Alison Stewart Smith, was ordained at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday 5 July.

 

We rejoice with her as she joins us in the parish for the next three years or so in her training journey.

 

We hope this will be a time of fun and laughter as well as much learning and growing in ministry.

 

We had a welcome service for her and her husband, Richard, in the parish on Saturday 6 July (complete with thunder and lightening and the lights flashing on and off). They were warmly welcomed and, in the parish tradition, lots of tea and cakes were enjoyed by all.

We had a welcome service for her and her husband, Richard, in the parish on Saturday 6 July (complete with thunder and lightening and the lights flashing on and off). They were warmly welcomed and, in the parish tradition, lots of tea and cakes were enjoyed by all.