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.
Sunday, 1 April 2018
31 March 2018
A number of our group attended the launch of DEBS –
Discovering England’s Burial Spaces – hosted by Gareth and Nicole Beale at King’s
Manor, in York, last Tuesday. It was an opportunity not only to be introduced
to the aims of the project, but also to meet some of the other groups who are
involved. We were pleased to see our
friends from Raikes Road Burial Ground, Skipton, were there too.
Alan with Peter from Raikes Road
A good spread
was provided at lunchtime, and Nicole thoughtfully provided lots of chocolate to
keep us going through the afternoon! It was intended to be an overview, a
general introduction to the objectives of the project and what they hope to
achieve. For more details see the website: www.debs.ac.uk
It was a really enjoyable day – we especially found Dr
Harold Mytum’s lecture interesting and entertaining. And it was gratifying to
see that we are on the right lines with the way our project is progressing. He
talked about how gravestones can be studied for their cultural and social
significance as well as their family history, and many of the aspects he talked
about are on our “to do” list, or we are looking at already.
Then it was round to the Lion and Lamb pub across the street
for a general chat over a few drinks to round the day off. Some of us put the
world to rights, of course, as you tend to do in a pub once you’ve a couple of
On a different note, Chris has been looking at the medieval
Embsay and Eastby – after much hard work, he put together a paper which he delivered
to the Craven and Skipton History Society earlier this month. Much of what he
talked about was from his work on the Bolton Priory Compotus – the fragmentary
financial accounts of the priory’s estates in the 14th century,
which included many references to Embsay and Eastby. Together with some
research on Skipton’s history he has come up with some very interesting revelations
about the medieval crisis in the Craven area. The talk was well received and he
hopes to produce an expanded version for publication.