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.
Saturday, 30 April 2016
Wednesday 28th April 2016
Well it was four seasons in one day today which was quite
Despite the chilly temperatures it started out as quite a
nice day and five of us set out on surveying and photographing the gravestones
on the east side, and ledgers in the “Garden of Remembrance”.
There were spits and spots of rain which forced us in for an
early coffee break, and again for an early lunch, to give our cameras and
papers time to dry out. We felt sorry for the men on the church roof who
continued working in the rapidly dropping temperatures, under increasingly grey
Waiting for the hailstones to stop
In the afternoon, there was an ongoing battle with the
elements – in-between a series of short but heavy falls of hailstones we
retreated back inside the church, and then snatched a few minutes more
photography before dashing back in again as the hailstones came back.
There were a few visitors to the church today – despite the
weather it is the beginning of the tourist season, and passing ramblers and
strollers often pop into St Mary’s. Let’s hope none of them got caught under
the hailstones which came down about 3 pm and settled so thickly on the ground
that it looked as though it had just snowed.