Monthly Archives: November 2015

Snapshot of Swaledale in 1840

One among the very helpful resources for understanding life in Grinton Parish in the 1840s is the History, Gazetteer and Directory of the East and North Ridings of Yorkshire, by William White. County gazetteers and directories were popular throughout the … Continue reading

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Stolen Roman horse tack

A hoard of metal horse-harness fittings, thought to have been stolen from the Roman army, was found near the village of Fremington in Swaledale sometime around 1830. Today the pieces remain securely housed in two museums, although details of the … Continue reading

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Lost Roman pigs

There are two stories used to support the notion that the Romans mined lead in upper Swaledale, both concerning people in the 1800s finding datable lead pigs. To anyone unfamiliar with the term, a pig is an ingot or bar … Continue reading

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Dogging on the moors

First, an apology for the salacious-sounding headline. It’s not what you might think. Among hill farmers, the act of dogging refers to one farmer setting his dogs on another’s sheep to drive them away to another part of the moor. In … Continue reading

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