|ST OSWALDS CHURCH, LEATHLEY 22 July 2017|
As well as all things nature I like looking at Old buildings especially Churches, after our trip to Edinburgh the interest has grown, not to everybody taste but with my best friend Ragged Robbin we have joyed discovering history in the churches and villages we visit were we each live.
I have lived in West Yorkshire over 20yrs and must have drove past this Church a hundred times, the setting is very pretty and often said I would like to stop.
The church is very ancient, of various dates; comprises nave, three aisles, and transept, with a Norman tower; and contains several mural monuments.
Churches are a good place for nature, often they have wildflower areas and mature trees are a great place for birds. That morning it had rained hard so not much wild life, but did spot these two Red-legged Shieldbug having no respect of their surroundings !!
As a starting point for beautiful walks, Leathley is increasing in popularity, although the village contains no shop, no cafe, no pub, nor any commercial building. The village green is in constant use as a parking area.(LINK)
|ST ANDREW'S CHURCH, BLUBBERHOUSES 22 July 2017|
St Andrew's Church at Blubberhouses was the next church on my list, but first we had a little walk along the edge of Fewston reservoir, the sun came out and so did the insects.
|Alder Moth caterpillar ( Acronicta alni )|
|Rhingia rostrata hoverfly|
|Thick-legged Hoverfly - Syritta pipiens|
|St Andrew's Church.|
At a public meeting in September 2015 a decision was taken to keep the church open, subsequently ratified by the PCC. A group named Friends of Blubberhouses Church has been formed to oversee repairs and rejuvenate the life of this church. See www.fewstonwithblubbehouses.org.uk for more information.(LINK)
|Yellow bike left over from the Tour de Yorkshire|
I thought this lamb who's very cute looked like a Hare
|Meadow Grasshopper - Chorthippus parallelus|
|St Andrew's Church|
The church looks stunning high up on the hill from the car park, and Fewston is a lovey place to walk.
As my interest in Churches has grown there are many places on my list to visit over the summer months, so I have set up a new blog page here "CHURCHES" if you are interested. Its not just about the churches but the other discoveries I have found on the way. In Ilkley I found a Roman Fort and in Bradford a Old Victorian Cemetery opened in 1854, contains 23,000 graves and holds a total of 124,000 burials.