EwE-HRG are a working group within the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group (UWHG). Initially set up to support the Whitfield Syke Project in 2010, we continue to work on several aspects of the local history and historic landscape of Embsay-with-Eastby, near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales.
In addition, we are currently working with the St Mary's Embsay Churchyard Survey team, as well as the Friends of Raikes Burial Ground (Skipton) to survey the gravestones of Holy Trinity Church, Skipton.
Sunday, 4 August 2019
Friday 2 August 2019
They said it would rain by lunchtime but in the event we had
a very pleasant summer’s day until we left at about 4pm.
Cleaning up in preparation for photography
Tony and Alan did some more RTI photography.
Tony & Alan work deep undercover
Meanwhile Sue and I worked on the North side,
spending most of the morning cleaning up and exposing the kerbstones of three
grave plots which had become completely enveloped in moss. Two of these were
unusual in that they were made up of natural limestone rocks.
We had several visitors today – the senior sidesman stopped
by to help us sort out some queries on grave-ids; we had a very nice chat to a
passing hiker who had a particular interest in family history and was curious
as to what we were up to; two hikers came to see the memorial to cavers who
died at Mossdale in 1967; a family on holiday strolled through as part of their
leisurely exploration of the village; and a local resident chatted with us when
she came to tend a grave. It served to emphasise that any churchyard, no matter
how unassuming, is such an important
local asset – as much there for the sake of the living as for the dead.