Some North Yorkshire Words

Cleveland Bay

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.



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

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

AD stones

AD stone

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 path from the churchyard leads down to the Tees, its waters stained with Pennine peatShap Granite

 A boulder, transported from the Shap Fells.

Peg Powler

Peg Powler patrols the banks

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

The Gainford Stone

The Barforth Bailey Bridge