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.
Sunday, 7 January 2018
7th January 2018
At the request of the Trustees of the Ilkley Manor House
Museum (soon to be transformed into a “Heritage Centre”), Sue, Tony, Alan and
Jane spent Friday afternoon putting our RTI skills to good use in order to
record two unusual items in the museum’s collection.
Having said hello to the Museum cat (sadly un-named, but
very friendly and very pretty and dainty), we were greeted by Adam White who
let us in.
Alan & Sue setting up for photography
The first item was an intriguing and very large stone slab
which has proved to be quite a mystery. Its original function is not known, neither
is it clear where it has come from. The carvings on it are obviously from
various times, carved by a series of different people, for different purposes. Much
of the work on it is still quite clear, but we are hoping the RTI will make it even
clearer, and perhaps reveal some additional information that can’t easily be
seen with the naked eye.
Photographing the Verbeia stone
The second item was a rather plain looking Roman altar
stone, dedicated to the pagan goddess Verbeia – there is a very faint, badly
eroded inscription on one side. There is apparently a 17th century
copy which reveals some of the Latin letters, but we are hoping RTI can reveal
a little more. Not that we were so hopeful with this one as the erosion was so