Well we've been so busy this summer that we haven't had time to update the Embsay Project blog!
|The Road to Bolton Abbey - through Eastby|
Chris, Sue and David recently gave a guided walk, as part of the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group's summer programme, from Embsay village car park to Halton East.
|Chris explains the derivation of the place-name "Angrymire"|
|Alison can't resist closely examining a gate-post on the way to Mawking Hole|
Work is ongoing as always on the long-term research into the general history of Embsay-with-Easby.
The focus is still upon the First World War, the emergence and impact of non-conformism, and the development of the genealogical database. We have had quite a few enquiries from the general public who are researching their family histories, and we have been able to provide them with information which they have found useful. This can be very time-consuming, so it has caused some delays to our other work, but at the moment we are happy to answer such queries. We may have to review the situation soon if we get too many other enquires in the near future.
The research into the men of the parish who fought in the First World War has slowed somewhat as other projects take up our attention, but we have published a couple of articles in the parish newsletter on the anniversaries of those who died in 1915. You can read these articles on the Embsay Research Group's project pages on the UWHG website - http://www.uwhg.org.uk/projects/erg/embsay_wwi/embsay_wwi.html
Although the walls survey has stopped for the summer - the vegetation makes it almost impossible to do efficiently - work on the 19th C electoral registers continues, as does the entry of data into the ever-growing genealogical database.
The Victorian and Edwardian school log books of the non-conformist "British School" have been transcribed and are currently being proof-read and analysed for what they can tell us about the broader history of the parish.
We are very excited at being invited by Embsay primary school to look at their archive of log books, registers and minute books which cover a similar period of time.
|Extract from admissions register, Embsay Primary school archives|
Jane Lunnon, Embsay Research Group