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Swaledale with Arkengarthdale
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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.
Lent meetings 2014 - These will be on Tuesdays in Lent. Each session will begin at 7.30pm. The sessions will be led by Rev Alan Coustick, on 'Art and the Christian Faith', a theme that he explored in a recent sabbatical. This will also link with the visit of the Methodist Art Collection to Leyburn in the summer.
The Children's SocietyChristmas cards can be ordered on line:www.childrenssociety.org.ukor ring 01227 811 611 to request a catalogue. If you would like to become a box-holder please contact Pauline Oldershaw on 01748 886790.St. Andrew's, Grinton - building work and winter servicesSt Andrews has received permission from the Archdeacon to lift and re-lay the uneven flag stones in the church. This will be undertaken during January, under the supervision of an archaeologist. St Andrews has also applied for permission from the diocese to renew the lights in the church (the 'Illuminate' scheme) and plans are available for inspection in church. During January and February, Sunday services will take place in Fremington Sunday School and midweek Communion services at Reeth Methodist Chapel (we much appreciate their welcome and hospitality). We are hoping that the work on the new lighting may happen shortly after the floor work - watch this space!