Spring 2014

Front Cover Micklegate Bar York

York’s City Walls and Bars
Sarah Harrison and Jeremy Clarke pages 4-25
Because of the large number of enquiries from our readers, we decided to go on a York wall walk to find out why so many of our readers found getting information difficult. We soon discovered why. In order to get a comprehensive guide required buying at least six guide books and then they do not cover all the interesting sites to be seen on the walls. The lack of maps, illustrations and incorrect information seems to be the problem. Sarah Harrison and Jeremy Clarke, two of our well known writers decided to write an article on York’s City Walls and Bars in order to help all our reads who would like to undertake this walk on the walls and be informed about the sites to see. Their fascinating article is accompanied by maps and photos and they give a brief history of the walls and Bars, which gives a very good starting point for a walk on the medieval walls without having to buy many guide books to carry around.

Celebrating the Custom of the Bainbridge Forest Horn in Wensleydale
Jean Griffiths and Marcus Grant pages 26-33
In 2014 Bainbridge, in Wensleydale celebrated 150 years of the African Buffalo Horn. For over 700 years in the winter evenings a horn was blown in the forest at Bainbridge to guide travellers who may have lost their way and got stranded, back to the safety of the village. The oldest horn to survive this custom is a cow horn, which is thought to date back to 1611. Then in March1864 a new horn, believed to have come from an African buffalo, was presented to the village by Mr R. H. Harburn of Bishop Auckland to replace the old cow horn which was worn out. This was a great occasion for the village of Bainbridge and was marked by a processional walk to Askrigg led from the Temperance Hall and accompanied by the Bainbridge Temperance Brass Band. The horn blower, at that time, was dressed in a jacket, red breeches, white leggings and a cap with a feather in it. The rear consisted of about 100 school children carrying banners. The streets were crowded and along the way the Mayor delivered a speech. In 1864 things were much different in Bainbridge where the custom of the horn-blowing took pride of place. These days the tradition of horn-blowing during the winter evenings has not been held for several years and is sadly in danger of becoming an out dated custom.

To download please click The Yorkshire Journal Spring 2014


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