Winter 2013

Market Place in snow, Malton

Market Place in snow, Malton

 

The Ancient Custom of Tolling the Devil’s Knell at All Saints Church, Dewsbury
By Jean Griffiths pages 4-11
We discover that there is much more to this custom, which is surrounded by legends. Tolling the bell takes place on Christmas Eve, one toll for every year since Christ was born. Jean also takes us on a tour of the Minster.

The Holly and the Ivy
By Gillian Morris pages 12-15
The Christmas carol ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ is one of the best known traditional English Christmas carols. They are both evergreen plants but in the lyrics the Ivy is hardly mentioned at all. Gillian Morris attempts to explain the meaning of this Christmas carol and how we use holly and ivy in Christmas decorations today.

The Ackworth Hoard near Pontefract West Yorkshire
By Jeremy Clark pages 16-19
Jeremy Clark looks into the discovery of a hoard of Civil War (1642-1651) coins found by Dr Owen Johnson. He found them in a pot in his back garden at High Ackworth, near Pontefract, and it contained 591 coins and a gold ring. In Jeremy’s interesting article he explains the full story surrounding the hoard. The treasure is now safely secured, for the nation by funds raised to buy the hoard allowing it to stay in Yorkshire.

The Flaxton Boys and Ripley Castle
By Sarah Harrison and David Reynolds pages 20-31
Between 1969 and 1973 Yorkshire Television broadcast the children’s drama series ‘The Flaxton Boys’. It was set at Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire. Sarah Harrison and David Reynolds visit Ripley Castle and outline the story and the young characters in the series. They also take us on a tour of the Castle and grounds and include the history of Ripley village.

The Devil’s Arrows
By Marcus Grant pages 32-35
Between 1969 and 1973 Yorkshire Television broadcast the children’s drama series ‘The Flaxton Boys’. It was set at Ripley Castle in North Yorkshire. Sarah Harrison and David Reynolds visit Ripley Castle and outline the story and the young characters in the series. They also take us on a tour of the Castle and grounds and include the history of Ripley village. The Devil’s Arrows at Boroughbridge still remain something of a mystery. Marcus Grant tries to explain their importance and how they form part of a huge prehistoric ritual landscape. He tells the history of the stones, where they came from, how they were transported and what they meant to the people who erected them.

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