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 Grintonchurchyard. 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.
Alison, our curate, will be ordained priest in a service at
Ripon Cathedral on Sunday 25 June at 3.00pm.
All are welcome to attend, no tickets required.
We will be celebrating this event with a parish afternoon tea party at
3.00pm on Sunday 26 June - more details to follow.
Lead has been mined in Swaledale since at least pre-Roman times and by 1820 there
were more than 40 smelt mills scattered along the dale.
Millions of tons of lead were sent from here all over the country - the Tower of
London and Dover castle are covered in lead from Swaledale.
Men, women and children worked long, hard hours the result of which were vast profits
that went to distant shareholders, in some cases to the already wealthy abbeys.
Coal has also been mined in the dale since at least the 13th centuty, mainly around
There are records of coal being supplied to Richmond Castle and nearby abbeys.
Kisdon Gorge and Swinnergill above Keld, are excellent for bird watching. Species that may be seen include: red grouse, skylark, lapwing, curlew, wheatear, raven and peregrine falcon. Using a car as a portable “hide”, the moorland roads around Reeth will enable you to observe at close- quarters golden plover, lapwing curlew and redshank.