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What’s in aname...?
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” Arkengarthdaleprobably 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 Vicar, Caroline, recently featured in the Yorkshire Post. Click on the picture to read the full article.
Final Journeys...Corpse Ways or 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.
A Visit to St. George's CryptA group from the parish took a car load of clothing and other donations to St. George's Crypt in Leeds on 17 September. We were hosted by Arja Copperwheat, one of the fund-raisers, who showed us around and told us about their work. The group was very impressed with the professional approach to all that they do to help people who are homeless and in need. We were also saddened and surprised to learn that the average age of those they help is just 24.Across the parish we are continuing to collect food and clothing for the Crypt. Donations can be left at The Vicarage in
Reeth at any time. At present, the greatest need is for instant coffee, sugar and bin bags (black sacks).There is more information about the work of St. George's Crypt on their website: http://www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk
Illustrated Talks at Fremington
History Illustrated talks were originally started to raise money for St Andrew’s church at Grinton when it needed a new roof in the early 1990’s. A talk series has been held each summer since then; in aid of general church funds, in the former Sunday School at Fremington [now known as Fremington Village Hall]. .
WhenAll talks take place on Monday evenings starting at 8.00pm and finishing at approx 9.30pm. Doors are open at 7.30pm. £3 Adults/£1 ConcessionsFacilities/venue detailsOff road parking and toilets are available at the venue. Postcode for the venue is:DL11 6TL
ContentThe talks are usually [but not exclusively] on a local theme or by local speakers. The time honoured tradition of tea and biscuits served at the end of the evening gives a proper Dales hospitality and informal end to the evening.
Programme & Contact DetailsPlease click here to see the full programme
Photographs by Chris Goldthorpe