Spring 2016


The maypole on the village green, Aldborough

Some friends and acquaintances of the Brontë family’ by Margaret Mills.
spring2016_Page_09_Image_0001Most people will be familiar with at least some of the background story of the Brontë family. In Margaret’s article she gives an account of some friends and acquaintances who, at different times and in varying situations, touched the lives of the literary Bronte family, and were influential in their story.
In Xanadu… A Subterranean Pleasure Dome in Scarborough
Over the years Scarborough has sadly lost many of its attractions so spring2016_Page_15_Image_0001 well-known to generations of summer visitors.  Probably the saddest loss to Scarborough was its subterranean entertainment hall, known latterly as Gala Land. In Peter Wellburn’s article he outlines the history of Scarborough as a seaside resort and, in particular, recalls the fascinating history of Gala Land and some of its mystical atmosphere. By the late 1950s it was in decline and in 1967 it was demolished to make way for an underground car park.

The Yorkshire bat: information, rescue, care and release
spring2016_Page_22_Image_0001Geoff and Mary Wilson inform us about the significance of bats in Yorkshire and dispel some of the myths that have created negativity around these fascinating mammals. Their detailed article describes the different species living within the county and the environment in which each of these is usually found. In their article they look at the life cycle of a bat throughout the year and explain what to do if you find a bat.
A Mysterious Medieval Effigy and Grave Slabs at All Saints Church, Batley, West Yorkshire

A Mysterious Medieval Effigy and Grave Slabs at All Saints Church, Batley, West Yorkshirespring2016_Page_37_Image_0001
For our last story Jeremy Clark visits All Saints Church, Batley in West Yorkshire to unravel a story of a mysterious medieval effigy and grave slabs built into the external walls of the church. In his fascinating article he explains that the Batley effigy is very special because the broad flat ‘sword’ that he is wearing is probably a ‘weaving sword’ rather than a weapon. This indicates that the Batley effigy belonged to a successful man in the mediaeval textile business and probably dates to the late 14th century.

But there is much more to these articles, please read and enjoy them. We welcome your comments.

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