ERG are a working group within the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group (UWHG). Initially set up for documentary research work to support the Whitfield Syke Project in 2010, ERG continue to work as a research group focusing on several aspects of the local history and historic landscape of the parish of Embsay-with-Eastby, near Skipton in the Yorkshire Dales.
In addition, we are currently working in partnership with the St Mary's Embsay Churchyard Survey Project team.
Monday, 5 December 2016
Wednesday 30th November 2016
Bitterly cold today – but a beautiful day nonetheless.
So we cracked on – if only to keep warm. Meanwhile, Peter
and Tony hung a large silver star from the roof inside the church – they had an
ingenious pulley system set up, which was handy, as they had to take the star
down and hang it back – the right way up this time!
A few gravestones on the north side needed photographing
with RTI, and there are quite a few un-marked graves on the south side which
needed to be photographed, recorded and plotted in.
White flags over some of the un-marked graves - ready to photograph & plot onto the churchyard plan
We so nearly finished the field survey today! All the RTI is
now done, and we just have a few un-marked plots on the south side to measure
in, and then the field work is all done!
There’s a real sense of achievement – we celebrated by
having a jolly lunch at the Elm Tree Inn.
So, now we can think seriously about the next phase of the
project – data entry and analysis. What to do with all those photos and all
We’ve already found we are receiving many more family
history enquiries since we started this project, and we are able to provide
much more accurate information in response.
Now we can turn our attention to using the survey data to
monitor the condition of the gravestones, trace changes in design and style of
gravestones and so much more – this is all still in development but is very
exciting. Should be a very interesting study by the end of it all.