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, 20 June 2018
20 June 2018
The local clergy monthly meeting was held at St Mary’s on
Monday 11th June. Sue gave a short talk to a group of 11 clergy about our project, followed by a tour round the churchyard.
The tour included the kerbstone grave which looks like black marble, but is in
fact ceramic. This was a surprise to the group as no one had seen a ceramic
gravestone before. These ceramic gravestones tended to have been used in the
1940s–1950s. Sue has only seen two others - both in Lincolnshire - and would like
to know the location of any others around the country.
Ceramic memorial in Sibsey, Lincolnshire
She also showed them Revd Charles Hardman’s grave. He was St
Mary’s second vicar (1865 – 1879), and had the ignominy of being declared bankrupt
in 1868. His income at the time was £225 per annum, but he carried on being
vicar of St Mary’s. His father-in-law, Revd Phillip Charbert Kidd, rector of Holy
Trinity, Skipton, did not appear to help him, or pay his debts!
Rev. Charles Hardman's gravestone, Embsay-with-Eastby
There is also a stonemason’s error on the grave. At the bottom of the inscription it says: ‘He was not for God took him.’ The group was
asked what the missing word/words should be. The consensus was ‘Forsaken’.
They were very interested in the project, and one vicar asked
if we could do one of his four churchyards next!
Sue Stearn, Project Co-ordinator, Embsay-with-Eastby St Mary the Virgin