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.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
Wednesday 16th November 2016
I know we’re always going on about the weather but we are British, and churchyard surveying does mean working outdoors – if it’s cold,
wet and windy you get pretty cold standing around in a graveyard!!
Rained off this morning, three brave souls among us ventured
out in the autumn sunshine of the afternoon to continue recording on the North
side. At first it was fine – a bit chilly, but fine, so long as we wrapped up
warm with fleecy jackets, woolly hats, caggys and gloves.
Wrapped up warm!
We spent a little time inside the church in the rather
unexpected pursuit of lifting a wet carpet to dry off the wooden floor
underneath after a leak from the water boiler in the kitchen. Lots and lots of
newspaper put down to soak it up.
Gorgeous autumn colours of fallen leaves
Back outside as the afternoon progressed it got colder,
breezier and wetter – we finished our target of grave plots just in time – the sun
had gone, the drizzle was becoming more like rain, and the wind was blowing our
tape into curves, making triangulation rather awkward.