Monday, February 22, 2016

Visiting - Appleton-le-Moor

Today we visited Appleton-le-Moor, about four miles from our village.  It was a pleasant surprise, for a start you have to drive through a small bit of moorland, covered densely in sheep before you reach the village.  The village is mentioned in the Domesday book, and still retains its early medieval layout of a single road village lined on either side with cottages which would have had a long piece of land at the back about 330m length, it is called croft and toft.

The church is beautiful (yet ugly. with its over the top columns and sgraffito) but only in a very stylised sense, French Gothic built in Victorian times, the photos will give you an inkling of its grandeur, money spent by a local who got rich on boats, and who lived in the house opposite.

Perusing the website, there really is not much on the history one, and you begin to see a somewhat typical Yorkshire village done good.  Holiday cottages are advertised, there are several businesses, knitting designer, potter and a charity for art but no shops or post office, and there is also  a  pub with good food (at least a good menu outside) which also welcomes dogs.

Lucy was funny in the church, she explored almost every inch, up and down the benches, I must admit my heart slightly quaked when she went up to the altar with LS, my Catholic conscience coming to the fore and the wrath of God descending from the heavens, but as LS said she is one of God's creatures, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself - funny creature.

The village itself is very pretty, all the cottages are well cared for and present different styles, a wide road with verges makes for easy walking and it is on the route of one of these long distance walks.

Friendly gesture - tea and coffee

burnt out house

centre window has been 'window taxed'

village hall

The cottage in the centre has those special leaded windows, there is a name for them. As you can see it is recycling day

The moorland is divided between village people


  1. A pretty village. Is it Mullion windows you were thinking of? I keep losing words, and it irritates me no end, so I am doing online brain games now . . .

    The church has definitely been "done over" in Victorian times. Ah well, perhaps it might have fallen into total disrepair if not "modernized", so perhaps it was done a favour.

  2. Hi Jennie, it was a name, and my mind has got stuck on William Kent but it is not that one...
    When you wander round villages, it is just surprising how much money has been spent on the churches and chapels. Whitby of course has many churches, but the congregations are few..

  3. I love these villages with wide grass 'verges' - you have quite a lot of them in your area don't you? Can't say I know this village, maybe it is just off the beaten track.

    1. Yes it is definitely off the beaten track Pat, on the way to Lastingham, it belongs to 5 parishes of Lastingham.

  4. Do you mean leadlights Thelma?


    1. Hi Roy, yes they are lead lights but it is the style I was thinking of. Hope it is not too cold today excavating at Edgecumbe it all looks fascinating.