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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
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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.

The 2 Dales Action for Refugees


Our next event is being planned for Saturday 6th May. This will take the form of a five/six mile walk starting from Low Row. A group of refugees will be arriving by coach at around 11.00am.

Following refreshments the walk will begin from the Literary Institute.


It is hoped that we be able to provide drinks on arrival, a packed lunch for each participant and refreshments at the end of the walk.

At this stage anyone wishing to help in any way, take part in the walk or simply find out more should contact either:

             Joan Graveson Tel: 886470    Email: giovanj@swaledale.org


Or:        John Richards  Tel: 886246      Email: johnmr1953@talk21.com