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.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Wednesday 20th September 2017
One of the lessons we have learnt over the course of this
project is that you need to assume that every detail is important no matter if
it seems insignificant at first.
Now that we are more familiar with our gravestones and the cultural
history bound up with them we are returning several times to re-take photographs
and more detailed measurements. Such details as the very small carved motifs,
the shaping of mouldings at the sides ; these should be recorded with as much
care as the inscriptions.
When the weather permits we now take the opportunity to go back
out into the churchyard and fill in some of these gaps with new measurements
and photos. Today was such a
day and we enjoyed a nice day out in the open, while Jen rested her sprained
foot, sitting at the laptop inside the church entering the new data.
This is a serious business, I'll have you know ....
Much of the afternoon was taken discussing arrangements for
the weekend workshop we’ll be running down in Sussex soon. We conducted a test
planning exercise using triangulation and scale drawing to assess the best scale
to use for a churchyard. We have been lucky at St Mary’s Embsay in having a
good plan already for the grave plots, but this is not available to everyone
and we are aware we will probably need to make our own plans when we survey
Check. Double-check. ...
Speaking of which, we were pleased to make contact recently
with the new project co-ordinator for the churchyard survey at Long Preston
near Settle. We wish them every luck with their project and look forward to
helping them in any way we can. It’s an exciting prospect to see others working
on gravestones in the Dales.
Hopefully this will lead to the creation of a national
database which will allow little projects like us to share our data and run
comparative studies which will be meaningful on a national scale. We are
genuinely excited about this project and its potential and feel very privileged
to be involved.