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.
Friday, 24 June 2016
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
We had a mixed bag of work lined up for today – some locations
of graveyards to plot in for an accurate plan of the churchyard layout, using
good old-fashioned triangulation ; some recording and description of gravestones
for the database; and some RTI photography.
Tony sports the latest in summer headwear - Ascot anyone?
The latter was a little awkward due to the bright sunlight
which suddenly broke out shortly before lunchtime – but the ingenious use of a
large sheet of plywood to act as a sunshade meant we could go ahead regardless.
It was very nice to welcome several visitors today – some of
whom were passers-by popping in to see the church, others came to revisit their
We were still in our winter togs today although it wasn’t as
cold as it was last week.
We carried on with some R.T.I. photography and
surveying/recording of gravestones at the west end of the churchyard, and made
The day was pretty uneventful until just before we packed up
for the day – there was a huge kerfuffle in the trees above us as a sparrowhawk
swooped down causing pandemonium amongst the local birdlife. It managed to
catch a small bird, but then lost it –
we couldn’t see where the bird had gone or whether it as okay. The birds all around
us continued with their alarm calls for nigh on ten minutes or so – a cacophony
of various different calls producing a wall of sound. But the sparrowhawk had
flown away, having lost its advantage of surprise.