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, 10 July 2017
10 July 2017
A recent visit to North Norfolk allowed us (Sue, Tony and Jennifer Stearn) to explore
local village churches in the Blackeney area and their graveyards.
Some of the medieval churches are like Cathedrals and
reflect the wealth in the area at that time.
Above is a photograph of St Margaret Church, Cley, and below, a
box tomb in its churchyard made with flint, a local stone.
Cley was once at the harbour mouth of Blakeney Haven, the great
north Norfolk conurbation of ports, where the streets thronged with wealthy
merchants and their workers. The port no longer exists due to silting.
On our way to Norfolk we also
visited another St Margaret's church, this time in Sibsey, Lincolnshire, where
family members are buried. I noticed that one grave was made of ceramic,
painted black to resemble black marble. We also have one in St Mary's, Embsay - but I
have never seen another until visiting Sibsey. They both date from 1930 - 1940's.