One afternoon, after exploring Whitby Abbey, Jill's Mom suddenly thought we should drive out to the moors to show me an old church perched on a small knoll with its cemetery that is visited by local sheep to keep the grass down. The first church was founded in the 11th century but in 1870, the building was replaced because it was in poor condition, being both dark and too small. As of 1986, it is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
I took many photos inside this fascinating church and Jill and her Mom told me the story of the Maidens' Garlands. The heartbreaking display is of garlands made out of strips of cloth that women wound into "crowns" at the funeral procession of young, single and chaste girls who had passed away, never to experience the joys of womanhood and motherhood.
smuggling, and there is reputed to be a network of subterranean passageways linking the houses. During the late 18th century smuggling was rife on the Yorkshire coast. Vessels from the continent brought contraband which was distributed by contacts on land and the operations were financed by syndicates who made profits without the risks taken by the seamen and the villagers. Tea, gin, rum, brandy and tobacco were among the contraband smuggled into Yorkshire from the Netherlands and France to avoid the duty."
As it was a spur of the moment idea to take me here, it's fascinating that it ended up to be one of my favourite spots to see.This is a shot I found on Google and I like it because it shows the church and its cemetery on the hillside on a beautiful summer day. You can see my shots on the slideshow which is, as usual, accompanied by music to set the mood. I hope you enjoy it. This post is dedicated to Jill and her Mom with greatest thanks for taking me there.
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