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





Following last year’s very successful appeal to help needy, lonely people

who are refugees in the Tees Valley, we are hoping to repeat the success this year.


Once again we are looking for the following items:


Toiletries           Woolly Hats           Gloves


Toys for young children and other Christmas gifts (No toy weapons please)


Items can be dropped off at Hudson House, Reeth from 5 December 2016.


If you are able to wrap the Christmas gifts and mark them e.g. suitable for young girl or boy, it would be greatly appreciated, if not, don’t worry as we have willing volunteers.


Your generosity last year was overwhelming – to see the faces of the recipients of these gifts was very moving.

You did a great job helping others.  Please help us again this year.


If you are able and willing to help, please contact any of the following:


Richard Good 884353


Joan Graveson 886470


Lee Lowther 884473


Chris Watts 886202