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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
The Yorkshire dialect can be traced back to invaders who crossed the North Sea in the Fifth Century and who left behind a rich language full of words that had Norse and Danish origins.

Dales people had a particularly dialect-filled speech that included both verbs and nouns peculiar to the district in which they lived.

Here are just a few examples:

Skep
basket

Tup
male sheep

Laithe
barn

Gripe
muck-fork

Dowly
sad

Nithered
cold, shivery

Twined
to be upset

Thoil
to begrudge

Wick
lively

Sneck
Door-catch;

Slape
slippery

and.......

T’ardest wark is doin’ nowt.      
Tha’s nithered and twined...
Forthcoming Parish Events

February

Tuesday 9 February, 12 noon - 2.00pm – Shrove Tuesday Soup and Pancakes at Muker Public Hall. Donations for a charity, to be decided.

Contact Mary Guy (886116) if you would like to help.

No need to book, just come along. All welcome

 

Wednesday 10 February – Ash Wednesday. There will be a service of Holy Communion with Ashing at St. Andrew’s, Grinton at 10.00am.

 

Tuesday 16 February, 7.00pm – Low Row DCC

 

March

Tuesday 8 March, 7.30pm – PCC meeting at Fremington Village Hall

 

Saturday 19 March – Swale Singers Concert at St. Andrew’s, Grinton. Details to follow.

 

April

Monday 11 April, 7.30pm – Christians Together in Swaledale meeting at Low Row URC. All welcome.

 

Tuesday 19 April, 7.30pm – Annual Parochial Church Meeting

 

Tuesday 23 February, 7.30pm - Standing Committee at The Vicarage

 

March

Wednesday 2 March, 7.30pm - Grinton DCC at The Vicarage

 

Monday 7 March, 2.00pm - Christian Aid AGM at Low Row URC

 

May

Thursday 5 May, 7.30pm – Deanery Ascension Day service at Easby Abbey

 

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
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.