Summer 2014

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The Calderdale Way: At Heptonstall
Susan Horton takes us on a stimulating short walk around the charming village of Heptonstall which is situated on a steep hillside above Hebden Bridge, not far from Halifax. This walk is called the Heptonstall Trail which is only about one mile (1.5 kilometres) in length and the whole walk can be completed in about 1½ hours. It also forms part of the Calderdale Way, which was created in 1973 as a circular walk around Calderdale. Susan explores the rich history of Heptonstall with its many interesting features, as she takes us along the walk. These include the Cloth Hall, the Old Grammar School, (now a museum), St. Thomas a Becket Church and the famous Octagon Methodist Chapel.

The Restored Julian’s Bower maze  at Alkborough in North Lincolnshire
Jean Griffiths visits the restored Julian’s Bower maze which is not in Yorkshire but just across the Humber Estuary in North Lincolnshire, situated in the small village of Alkborough. The Julian’s Bower maze is a fine example of a turf-cut maze which has been recently restored. Jean explains the fascinating history of the maze which is made up of twisting and turning paths that form interlocking rings. The maze is now open to the public, and offers spectacular panoramic views across the rivers Trent, Ouse and Humber.

The Mysterious and Unique Folkton Drums, North Yorkshire Still an unsolved mystery today
Jeremy Clark looks into another Yorkshire mystery, three enigmatic solid chalk cylinders known as the Folkton Drums. They were found buried in a Bronze Age round barrow in the 19th century, along with a child who may have been a girl of about 5 years old. The carved decoration lines on two of the drums could be interpreted as human faces with what look like eyebrows, noses and a pair of eyes. The Folkton Drums are on display in the British Museum, London. But replicas can be seen in the Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull.

Scarborough Fair a Traditional Yorkshire Ballad
Summer of course is associated with holidays and the seaside. This is reflected in Gillian Morris’s article as she recalls the ballad of ‘Scarborough Fair’ and its traditions. Scarborough was the first and is the most famous seaside resort in Yorkshire. In 1253 Scarborough was granted a charter to hold an annual fair and over the years Scarborough Fair developed into one of the biggest and one of the most famous international fairs in England. Gillian looks into the history of Scarborough Fair and how the song has developed over the years.

The End of the World: Illustrated in a medieval stained glass window in the Church of All Saints in North Street, York
Marcus Grant visits the church of All Saints in North Street, York which houses a remarkable collection of ten medieval stained glass windows which are internationally famous. One of these is ‘The Pricke of Conscience’ window of 1410, situated in the north choir aisle, and is based on an anonymous poem. Part of the poem concerns the ‘doom’ or the final fifteen days of the world. Marcus guides us through each of the fifteen panels showing the last days at the End of the World and clarifies their meaning.

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