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The Parish of
Swaledale with  Arkengarthdale
Our Vicar, Caroline, recently featured in the Yorkshire Post.
Click on the picture to read the full article.
Parish News
Final Journeys...

Corpse Ways or Corpse Roads
were established as a means of transporting the deceased, often from very remote communities, to
consecrated ground of their parish church.

In Swaledale the Corpse Way along which the dead were traditionally carried in wicker coffins, runs from Keld
Grinton churchyard.

Beside Ivelet Bridge, a large flat stone is said to be where
the coffin bearers rested their heavy loads.

The journey could be hazardous and
there are stories of both corpse and pall bearers being swept away in floods.

Eventually, in 1580, a graveyard was consecrated at Muker and the relatives of
the dead no longer had to brave the Corpse Way.
Holy Trinity Windows Project Completed

Our most recent development project was on the windows and this work was carried out in 2015-16.
A substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled all the windows to be repaired and restored.  Several windows, including the large east window behind the altar, had to be removed completely, so that they could be cleaned and re-leaded.  Some new stonework was also needed where the metal window frames had eaten into the stone surrounds.
Pictures showing the work as it progressed can be found using this link:
A hard copy of the book of photographs is at the back of church for visitors to look at.