ERG are a working group within the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group (UWHG). Initially set up for documentary research work to support the Whitfield Syke Project in 2010, ERG continue to work as a research group focusing on several aspects of the local history and historic landscape of the parish of Embsay-with-Eastby, near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales.
In addition, we are currently working in partnership with the St Mary's Embsay Churchyard Survey Project team.
Monday, 27 April 2015
Friday 24 April 2015
The glorious weather of the past few days decided to fade a
little but it was still a fine afternoon to be out in the fields. Three of us,
with the farmer’s permission, went into one of the larger fields off Shires
Lane in Embsay to finish off our survey of the walls there. By the end of the
afternoon it had become quite grey and chilly with a strong breeze blowing our
papers about – but we did get the Shires Lane section finished which was good
This is an interesting area of Embsay being at the edge of
the settlement – with signs of ridge and furrow clearly visible (probably
Napoleonic period), and a very old boundary lying alongside one side of the field
we were in.
The above photograph shows a plain wood and wire fence –
nothing much to spark any interest? Far from it.
For this is what lies on the other side – a beautifully
stone revetted bank – almost certainly medieval in origin – and very likely to
be one of the few remains of the monastic estate of Bolton Abbey in the parish.
An unusual sight was this little tree – look a little closer
and you can see it’s actually pushed its way up through the middle of what was once
a solid and sturdy wooden gatepost!
Even having a great big bolt hammered straight
into it hasn’t deterred this tree – it’s alive, healthy and still growing,
splintering the gate post apart!
As we were finishing off the recording of this Georgian stone gate-post we
were greeted by three very lively and friendly dogs - two spaniels and a black Labrador
– out for their afternoon run, and straining to be let off the leash! We had a
nice chat with them – and their owners too, of course – before heading off back
down Shires Lane, recording the last stretch of roadside wall as we headed