Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday and Wharram Percy

Well as we left home to go shopping in Pickering, the first thing we meet in the narrow country lanes was one of those enormous long lorries trying to turn around, he succeeded, the reason became obvious further on the lane had been shut and a diversion put in place.  Enormous lorries roaming the countryside in a lost state is not something those tiny (packhorse) bridges need.
Pickering is almost shut down with gas works going on the main road, making the traffic one way go through the high street, still the town is getting gas...  It made us take a different route out of town, heading for Kirby Misperton and the fun site called Flamingo Land, the large wheel can be seen in the flat plain for miles around.  We turned off and passed the 'No Fracking'  camp,  LS says we should go and offer our help, they stand at the side of the lane asking people to sound their horn. so we will see.
Isn't it wonderful the whole world seems in a state of disarray over Trump and his foolish signing of edicts, the latest banning Muslims from entering America.  The emperor will have no clothes soon. Our government petition to stop T from getting a State visit here has well over a million signatures, and the paper this morning has a cartoon of the Queen and Trump in a golden carriage, with the poor Queen scrabbling to get out.
One of the things I learnt about Kirkbymoorside, is that they have a small factory somewhere in the village which make those lovely round submersibles that go deep under the sea.  This fact was revealed by a neighbour who came round for some eggs.  J always tells his stories with a grin on his face and if the story is very funny dissolves into laughter.  Eggs have been flying out the door this week, wonder if people are worried about the 'bird flu' scare.  My three hens have kept up their laying all through the winter.  I give the money to the church, sort of rent for when the hens forage in the church yard.  No foraging at the moment though sadly.



And now to sun and summer a couple of years ago and a visit to the Deserted Medieval Village, (DMV for short) Wharram Percy.  Wharram Percy is the most famous DMV in this country excavated by Beresford, an earlier blog pays homage to it.

A mile long walk through the fields to the remains of the place, no road serves it, definitely a place where you rode on horseback or trundled along in a cart, but the ruined church tells of a certain amount of remodelling over time.  LS sat in the sun on a gravestone, sitting in the sun is his favourite occupation! The model farmhouse, tastefully restored, no electricity, no one living there either but a quiet sanctuary in the bustle and hustle of modern life.


Lives marked out in the landscape;










http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wharram-percy-deserted-medieval-village/history/

8 comments:

  1. You've taken me back a good few years to when we visited Wharram Percy on one of our camping holidays at Scarborough. A fascinating site. I used to have the book about it but think that got passed on to Tam at Uni.

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    1. I have often wondered about getting the book, but thought it was probably very excavation ridden. Needed sun to push away this miserable grey weather at the moment.

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  2. Such a fascinating part of the world Thelma. Some years ago I did a tour of quite a few interesting sites and churches, including this one.
    I keep meaning to ask whether or not you have visited St Gregory's yet - it can't be too far from you.

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    1. 'And Haworth made me' of course we have visited a couple of times. Beautiful place, still holding the Saxon era in its fabric.
      https://northstoke.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/stgregorys-minster-church-at-kirkdale.html

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  3. Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful !
    Plus I adore any post that has chickens. Yours are lovely.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, they are the ordinary brown laying hens, at one stage in my life wanted to have a whole range of different chickens/ducks but these three, Fluffybum, Phoebe and Bossyboots are three ladies of character and greed. Missing the sun at the moment.

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  4. I loved your pictures. I do enjoy visiting places that are part of history and that have a story. As I live in a very historical area, I get to see many places near me that are relevant to my country's beginnings , but certainly nothing on the scale of your part of the world.

    Please know that the people in the US are trying everything they can to do to rid ourselves of this terrible, lying trump. Hopefully, he will have a very short presidency. His horrible mouth gets worse every day and we live in fear of what comes next. Never have we seen anything like him and hopefully his presidency will be short so he cannot inflict any more pain and suffering on us and the world.

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    1. Hi, When you have to live through an English winter, the mind hearks back to warmer sunnier days in the summer and trips long gone.
      I have seen the efforts of people in America against this clown and am so grateful for it. He has stirred the world to a deep outrage with his stupidty, hopefully he will fall on his own virulent tongue soon ;)

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