Church Services.

Bible Readings.

Life Events.

Parish Diary.

Parish News.

Forest Church.




This site is hosted by VARiHOST       www.varihost.net
The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
Our Vicar, Caroline, recently featured in the Yorkshire Post.
Click on the picture to read the full article.
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”

Christians Together in Swaledale

Lent Meetings 2017


Questions of Jesus: (Jesus the Great Interrogator)


All meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings starting at 7.30pm.

You may wish to come to all of the sessions, or drop in to one or two of them.

You may find it helpful to bring your own bible to each of the sessions.

The sessions are all based upon some of the many questions, which are recorded in the New Testament as being asked by Jesus.

The sessions are intended to be an opportunity for us to reflect upon what these questions mean to us, and how we might answer them today.


Session 3: 28 March 2017. St. Mary’s Muker.

Questions around the meaning of life, the question of Faith.

Where and Why? Among the questions to consider will be:

‘Where is your faith?’


Session 4: 4 April 2017. Gunnerside Methodist Church

Questions around Discipleship and Passion.

Me? Among the questions we will consider will be:

‘Will you lay down your life for me?’


Final Session: Holy Week Service 11 April 2017

at Fremington Village Hall.



Other Lent Resources:

A Christian Aid leaflet, Count Your Blessings, is designed to help people count their blessings during Lent and give to help people out of poverty. It will be available shortly. If you would like a copy, please let me know. Pauline 886790


Parish Lending Library - Lent

Christine Ford (886509) will again be organising a Lent lending library. If you have suitable books which you would be willing for others to borrow please let her have them during February. They will be made available in each of the four churches during March and April and will be returned to you after Easter. Many thanks.