Welcome to the Summer issue of the Yorkshire Journal, which contains the following articles.
Stephen Riley and Sarah Harrison explore the village of Dent, before boarding the train and heading south. They cover all the top tourists’ attractions in the village. Then taking the train from Dent Station heading south we discover more remarkable features and about the construction of the Settle-Carlisle railway line before going through the Blea Moor Tunnel to emerge in North Yorkshire.
Next Gary Peacock recounts the uprising of the Luddites that took place in 1812 in his article, ‘The Dumb Steeple, the Croppers’ Tale and Trouble at the Mill in West Yorkshire’. Gary explains that croppers’ livelihoods were put at risk by increasing mechanisation in the mills, which meant their families faced poverty and starvation. After a failed attack on Cartwright Mills, which resulted in fourteen men being hanged at York, new machines were installed in the mills and the croppers’ trade was nothing but a distant memory.
Mary Shaw then visits the model of an imaginary village of Bondville, at Sewerby, near Bridlington. Its layout covers many individual buildings and hundreds of little character figures. There seem to be activities for everyone. A model train runs round the village and boats move across the water. There is so much going on that only a visit to the model village of Bondville will cover everything.
Hilary Spencer takes a special look at the Bempton Cliffs on the East Yorkshire coast that were featured in the BBC’s special Easter Springwatch. Visitors come to watch the seabirds nesting on the narrow cliff-ledges. But Hilary recalls when people visited the cliffs for a very different reason. This was in the 19th century when men clambered down to harvest eggs from ledges along the sheer cliffs. Hundreds of people came to watch the ‘climmers’ as they were known. Fortunately the practice of collecting seabirds’ eggs came to an end in 1954 with the introduction of Bird Protection Act.
English history is full of action and excitement, and in this issue Jeremy Clark recounts the events that led up to the Battle of Boroughbridge. Edward II had a stormy relationship with the Barons, especially with the Earl of Lancaster. Matters came to ahead in 1322 at the river crossing at Boroughbridge. After what seems to have been a very short battle a truce was made for the rebels to retire into the town for the night, but instead they fled. Lancaster was taken prisoner and after a mock-trial was beheaded.
If history of a more peaceful, personal nature is more to your liking, you will find a great deal to enjoy in Peter Wellburn’s ‘Forge Valley – far from the madding crowd’. He recalls his childhood memories and how his great-grandfather had been born in one of 5 cottages in the valley. It was from these cottages that during the summer refreshments were served to the public, including royalty. One was also known as the chocolate shop. Sadly this row of cottages was demolished before World War II.
For our last article David Reynolds compares an old photo of an Edwardian Yorkshire cycling club to a scene in Alan Bennett’s first television play ‘A Day Out’. The cyclists pause for a smoke and running repairs which is similar to a scene in Alan Bennett’s play.
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