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Grey lark

Such a pity that it is grey and with a damp chilly wind today. We have spent the morning, (a group of about 10), in the vicinity of the ancient Church at Kirkharle. Two walk leaflets are being launched to raise funds for this marvellous little Grade l listed Church. Also with us was John Grundy, a well known local historian and article writer. A clever photographer took masses of photographs in the vicinity of the Church. I am sure the photos will be good but think how much better they would have been if it had been bright and sunny like yesterday.
Afterwards we all went to a nearby Coffee Shop to get warm. I found myself sitting next to John Grundy, so told him about the lost hamlet of
Caldstrother, the site of which I am dying to find. The last mention of it is in 1612 and always in association with Kirkheaton. It gave me great pleasure to find he had not heard of it! He is now interested!

Posted at 12th Feb 2019 - 12:15PM   Posted by Withy Brook   Grey lark Comments: 5

Camilla's Avatar Afternoon Withy,

Thank you kindly for posting.

Weather here today lots of lovely sunshine wish I could have shared with you on your walk. I have a fascination for Churches Withy, yes I have heard of John Grundy the historian he writes such interesting facts. Perhaps now Withy Mr Grundy will start writing his next book of the lost hamlet you told him about.

Posted by: Camilla on 12th Feb 2019 at 12:58PM

Fennie's Avatar We have here Withy a lost hamlet of which only the church remains, so it isn't really a lost hamlet only a hamlet without houses, but a fine medieval church even if it has no electricity, gas or water - and of course no people - though in July when the evenings are lights and warm it is host to a variety of evensong services, some of which are so well attended (because of visiting choirs etc) that the church has to turn people away.

Have you looked on your Ordnance Survey may for your lost hamlet? The 1/25,000 shows a lot of detail that might suggest where the village was.
Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 12th Feb 2019 at 06:35PM

Withy Brook's Avatar JG did suggest looking at the original very large scale maps. The trouble is that the last mention of the hamlet was early 1600s and he first ordinance survey maps were about 200 years later.
I have identified 2 possible sites but one is probably not it, though it was something! The other needs trained eyes to study aerial photos of a boggy area.
Camilla, JG has far too many new found bits of Northumbrian history to write about this one, even if we find out more!
He also learned today about another site that he didn’t know, not far from here!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 12th Feb 2019 at 08:50PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Keep looking Withy someone will stumble across it one day... probably literally.Laughing
Perhaps last years very dry weather will show it up from the air, though it's going to take them several years to trawl through all the photos from last summer.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 13th Feb 2019 at 10:12AM

Camilla's Avatar Perhaps Time Team could find out more re Tony Robinson.

Posted by: Camilla on 13th Feb 2019 at 01:54PM

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