We are staying in Rosedale Abbey a small village not far from Pickering in North Yorkshire. It is a wonderful little place. I can’t do a map as I have no internet access, if you want one you will have to type the following Post Code into Google Maps……..YO18 8SA. The weather is what is politely described as mixed.
The road in looking out. I’m sure you know what I mean. I came in a different way a one in three vertical decent down Chimney Bank. I don’t recommend it…………good job I had the van serviced. She’ll want new pads and brake linings again after that. Thanks Tom Tom!!
This is the church of St. Mary and St Laurence. This simple church was built on the site of the priory chapel and dates from 1839. The original priory is now scattered all around the village. At or around this time ironstone was found in the hills above the village and what Henry the VIII started three hundred years before the mine owners finished. They used the stone to build houses for the miners.
This inscription is part of the original Priory, home to around ten nuns and dates from 1150 or thereabouts. I spent ages trying to decipher it. Glad I did…..it says OMNIA VANITAS……..Latin for ‘All is Vanity.’……An amusing inscription to find in a Priory. Looking at the Archbishops and Popes perhaps it would be better replicated in all the big cathedrals. Certainly in vestries.* By the nineteen hundreds the mines were obviously more important than church architecture………’Stick it up there mate………..be reet!’
Not picture postcard but representative of the village. I do like the use of brick and stone. They built a railway in this valley and the blue brick is Engineering Brick. Bomb proof stuff. You’ll have to zoom in to see it.
*A quick one liner. The Archbishop of Canterbury was visiting a primary school…………….
“Do you all know who I am?”
Nods all round, with exception of one little girl who had missed school the day before. She waved her hand in the air.
“Yes. What’s your name?”
“Clair sir, I’m just guessing sir but I think……..umm….. Little Bo Peep?”
That’s all. I’ll try and get up to the ironstone mines tomorrow.