Bale Hill – Smelting place or slag heap, Bink – A stone bench, Botchet – Honey liquor / Mead, Brant – Steep, Carling – An old shrew, Chaugh/Chaff – The lower jaw, Crocket – a small wooden stool, Donfron – Labourers afternoon drinking, Dowdy Cow/Judy Cow – A small shiney beetle, Goitstead – An old watercourse, Gowpens – handfuls, Nep – Hazel, Reckling – The last child, Riggot – A horse with only one testicle, Rummleduster – Unruly, Scab Andrew – A worthless fellow, Seg – A gelded mature bull, Stevin – To rant, Teeave – to wade in snow, Trapes – A slattern, a draggletail trollop, Wharrel – a quarry, Yowden – a fissure in a rock or the earth.
One thing I love about an Ivan the Tolerable/Year of Birds release is that you never really know what you are going to get. Their latest album, Autodidact, is a dense, swirling, cinematic slab of kosmische beauty. It is a thing of wonder, a triumph.
I took a walk today onto Great Ayton Moor to visit the Chambered Cairn. There is an excellent account of the Monument by Mike Haigh on the Northern Earth website here
This lovely tenth century Anglo-Norse Grave cover has been re-used as a lintel over the south door to All Saints church, Crathorne. Two other hogbacks found at Crathorne can be see here
A circumstance that is well remembered in the locality is, perhaps, worth repeating here. One evening a man set out for an adjoining village, carrying a couple of kegs, slung over his shoulders by a string. Next morning he was found a corpse. In attempting to pass a stile or fence, the cord had slipped round his neck and by the weight of the barrels he was strangled.
The Watering Places of Cleveland. Samuel Gordon. 1869
Stan Laurel went to school in Gainford, that’s more than enough of a reason to have a wander around.
Lovely Medieval cross slabs line the church porch walls
Inside the church, a pair of carved stones
There is a dragon carving on the opposite face of the second stone, it is almost impossible to see the carving as the stone is close to the wall and fixed into the floor. A photograph of it can be seen here
The house next to the church has an impressive piece of garden architecture.
A boulder, transported from the Shap Fells.
A wall blocks access to a broken Bailey Bridge, many of its boards are missing, one of the supporting columns has been washed away.
With no convenient river crossing, the distant dovecote will have to wait
Returning to the village, I stop to admire this lovely Festival of Britain bench.
Illustration of Gainford Carved Stones from The Antiquities of Gainford. J.R Walbran 1846