Yesterday we went sightseeing with our visitors, and ended up at Rievaulx Abbey. All change now that Autumn is just around the corner, the big field for parking cars had been gated and two horses grazed within, so we wandered down the lane and went inside the 'slipper' church, no, not the place you leave your shoes, though I believe they do it at Walsingham, and walk the last mile with bare feet but... according to Wikipedia
"The word 'Slipper' comes from the word 'slipe' (or 'slype'), meaning to slide, to move out of the rest of England into the holy land of Walsingham, and probably has nothing to do with pilgrims actually walking in slippers or even barefoot."
Though here in this PDF, it states that the 'Gate Church' was situated between the gates of the abbey and people changed their shoes here for lighter wear.
|Older tractors here, the little hamlet is very pretty|
|Thatched cottage, with a glimpse of Lillie on the lead|
|Approaching the church|
|Austere and plain.|
We stopped off to wander round Helmsley, G being very taken with it, wandered into the craft display in the centre, and chattered to a potter, elegant but expensive ware, and then went to find a cup of tea at about five past four. Tea shops were closing down, at the precise hour you have a cup of tea. It was almost as if the turning of the season, and less tourists had dictated a retreat at 4 p.m. We did find a place eventually, after dismissing The Swan Hotel as too expensive at £19 for a cream tea......