On to Ribble Head and Settle by Stephen Riley.
This issue concludes the fascinating story of the Settle to Carlisle railway In his final article Stephen highlights the Ribblehead Viaduct and the construction camp ‘Batty Wife Hole’ where thousands of navvies lived when the railway was being built. Stephen includes a visit to St. Leonard’s Church, Chapel-le-Dale where there are around 200 burials of men, women, and children who lost their lives during its construction and to smallpox epidemics. Horton-in-Ribblesdale is the traditional starting, and finishing point, for the Three Peaks walk. Stephen visits a café that has a unique clocking system for walkers. Also included is Stainforth village which is famous for its magnificent waterfall, before ending at Settle which is the start of the Settle-Carlisle Railway line and an historic market town.
Some Yorkshire Recipes by Margaret Mills
Margaret Mills takes a look at just a few of the items our ancestors may have eaten and enjoyed, and what we know of the stories behind them. New employment opportunities in the mills and factories changed the way working people lived and ate – they no longer grew their own food, and working hours were long, so they needed food that was quick and easy to prepare. The rich, on the other hand, wanted to display their wealth and status – and what better way to do it than to serve an elaborate Christmas Pie.
Goathland – before Aidensfield by Sarah Harrison and Stephen Riley
Next Sarah Harrison and Stephen Riley visit Goathland as it was before becoming Aidensfield for the television series Heartbeat in their article. They explain that it was the railway that brought the moors within easy reach of the Victorian visitors. It was well known for waterfalls and walks but not for the village itself. The most well-known waterfall is Mallyan Spout which helped to put Goathland on the map in the nineteenth century. In their article they outline a short circular walk to Mallyan Spout. This walk goes through woodland to Beck Hole which in Victorian times was famous for its many orchards, visitors would come from miles around to enjoy the walks and waterfalls and take tea beneath the apple trees.
A.J. Brown – Yorkshire’s Tramping Author, by John White
This is an account of the life of Alfred John Brown, who was a life-long walking enthusiast and author of many walking books. While he spent most of his career in the Bradford wool trade, writing was his spare time joy and passion. After WW2 service he began a new life as an hotelier in Darnholme on the North York Moors, then in 1951 he tried unsuccessfully to become a full time writer. He returned to the wool business in 1954 and established his own freelance international cloth sales enterprise in 1960. However in 1968 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died at home in Sleights in North Yorkshire.
The Warwick Revolving Tower at Scarborough by Jeremy Clark
Our last feature takes a look at one of the earliest attractions designed to keep Scarborough’s visitors amused. Jeremy gives the history of the short-lived Warwick Revolving Tower and how it worked. It was constructed behind Scarborough Castle on the headland and could clearly be seen from both the South and North Bays. It was opened to the public in 1898 and lasted until 1907 when it was demolished.
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