Memories on Tatham Fell

14/9/17


From the village of Giggleswick  North Yorkshire were my parents live and dad was born, we were taking a trip to my mum's old school at Tatham, passing places were I played as a young child on family farms.

Through Ingleton , Bentham, towards Tatham Fell, Lowgill,  then back over the moors to Forest of Bowland,  Slaidburn and Gisburn Forest, Wigglesworth, and Rathmell before arriving back to Giggleswick.

Egg sandwiches packed and a flask of tea we first stopped on  Buck Haw Brow,( we just say Bucker) to look at the Ebbing And Flowing Well.

Ebbing And Flowing Well
There are many stories about  Ebbing And Flowing Well. The well has been famous over the centuries for its strange and curious ability to ‘ebb and flow’, Folklore and Myths have been recorded...

“Near to Giggleswick Scar is an oddity of nature, the Ebbing and Flowing Well. An explanation for its behaviour is that a nymph who was being chased by a satyr prayed to the gods for help. They turned her into a spring of water, which still ebbs and flows with her panting breaths"

There are also strong connections to the church of St Alkelda at Giggleswick,  a stained- glass window depicts possible 'sacrifices' at the well.
(I will link below further reading),

Looking over Settle Golf course 

Looking back towards Settle and Giggleswick 

Looking towards Ingleborough
From my Aunties house she has a lovely view of Ingleborough, today was clear and you could see the top, from the front you can see the hills of the Lake District.


The Lakes 

Ingleborough

From  Ingleton we drove  through  Bentham up on to Tatham Fell to the "Big Stone"


The Great Stone of Fourstones, or the "Big Stone" as it is known locally, is a glacial deposit on the moorlands of Tatham Fells, situated in North Yorkshire, England, near Bentham in the District of Craven, and 10 metres (11 yd) from the county border with Lancashire.

The name suggests that there were once four stones, but now there is only one. The other three were possibly broken up for scythe sharpening stones, or building stone, centuries ago. Large stones such as this were useful as boundary markers in the open countryside, and this one was used as a boundary marker for the Lancashire–Yorkshire boundary between Tatham and Bentham parishes.

A local myth tells of how the stone was dropped by the devil, on his way to build Devil's Bridge at nearby Kirkby Lonsdale.


The stone has 15 steps carved into the side of it to allow access to the top. It is not known when they were carved, but they are well worn from years of use.(LINK)


Fox Moth Caterpillar 





Graffiti 





Mum and Dad

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lowgill,Tatham Fells


There has been a church in Tatham Fells on this site since at least 1577 and possibly considerably earlier. It was built as a chapel of ease to the church in Lower Tatham and seems to have lasted until 1738 when it was found to be in a ruinous state, so it was taken down and rebuilt. The present building dates from 1888-9
(I will be doing a post on my Churches blog)



They were dressing the church for a wedding so we got to look inside.



At the back of the church is , now known as Tatham Fells Old School, or Lowgill school.
Lowgill was the name of the village in the bottom, people from the area would refer to the area as Lowgill rather than Tatham.
The school had two rooms , accommodating all the children from the farms and village at Lowgill.
Tatham Fells Old School

Mum's  school photo.

My Granddad 1950s sports day



Photo provided by Tom Briggs, digitised and edited by John Edmondson, and reproduced with their kind permission
Date: 28/11/09

All the farm children would walk to school, the drive from mum's farm was half a mile then at least another two good miles up hill before she reached school. Not long after she started a company call Cementation arrive to build the Haweswater Aqueduct, their children attended the school too so she was able to get a lift.



Haweswater Aqueduct

The 72-mile aqueduct from Haweswater to Heaton Park reservoir in Manchester was constructed between 1935 & 1955


The Cementation Experience

A 1949 newspaper article about Lowgill reported: "A mile or two beyond the village an army of workmen are burrowing into the fells ... a rival village has blossomed overnight on the fells – complete with electric lighting, modern plumbing, even a cinema."




We drove across the valley to look back across to SWAN'S my grandparents farm, with Ingleborough in the background.

Swan's farm
Stories of how one year the snow drifts reached the bedroom window, to been sent out over the fields to let the cows out, mum was the lightest so she would not fall through the snow.







We stopped here for a spot of lunch.


In the distance we are heading for the Forest of Bowland,  Slaidburn and Gisburn Forest. 
The hill on the sky line is Pendle Hill in Lancashire

St James Church DaleHead Gisburn Forest

Such a cute little church, and open daily. The Forest of Gisburn is used for mountain bikes rides with different levels of trails, but also a good place for a walk, there is a cafe too.



 Dalehead Churchyard, four miles northeast of Slaidburn, on the edge of Gisburn Forest, was established during the late 1930's when the site of the old Parish Church made way for Stocks resevoir. St James' Church was rebuilt, stone by stone, on an area of upland pasture, and those buried in the old churchyard were removed and relocated within the present graveyard.(LINK)






Links;


Ebbing And Flowing Well


                                The Church of the Good Shepherd


Tatham

TATHAM HISTORY (well documented, old photos) 


                            St James Church DaleHead Gisburn Forest

ST JAMES, DALEHEAD,TOSSIDE
MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE FOREST OF BOWLAND




Comments

  1. A really super post Amanda - so enjoyed reading about your childhood and your family memories and seeing the place connected to your family. The photos are, as always, so atmospheric and the landscapes and places are stunning - just beautiful. I love the rock with the steps up it and the graffiti and the myths and legends behind the well - must show my son that part (he is so into legends!). Good to see the Lake District so close too :)

    It must have been a really lovely day out for the three of you and I look forward to reading more about the church too :)

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    1. Thanks RR for the lovely comment, we played on the rock as a child not knowing I would be back one day to photograph it. I have so many fond memories of being in the area especially going to the auction in Bentham with my Granddad. We were so lucky with the weather, being able to see the hills and the lake district made it a special day.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Sounds like a very pleasant day, for so many reasons. That fluffy moth sure is fascinating! The vistas are stunning, and obviously the place has special meaning for you. Just lovely!

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    1. Thanks PP, not had this caterpillar before and not seen the moth. Came across two while we were there, made of strong stuff to live on the moor. A very special day.
      Amanda xx

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  3. This is a lovely post, really nice to read about the area and history of your family. I love the idea of the nymph and the well! xx

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    1. Thanks Pam for the lovely comment, it's been nice going back to have a look round. Hope to do a post on were I lived as a child at Langcliffe.

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  4. Another lovely post Amanda.
    What a view of Settle Golf course, it must be lovely to play there and walk the course too!

    What a wonderful day out for the three of you and so nice to see the personal photographs. Special times shared and special memories just can't beat them can you!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan, so sweet... wasn't sure if people would be interested so pleased you like it.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Such an interesting post - places I know a little too from our trips to stay in Lancashire - I must add some of the spots to the list for whenever we next head that way :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Louise, I do hope you get to visit the area as is very beautiful, there is so much to see in the area.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Great post about your childhood memories, super photos of your visitand wonderful family photos too:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, for the lovely comment, pleased you liked the post.
      Amanda xx

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  7. Hello, looks like a lovely trip with your family. Great memories. I love the beautiful countryside and views. The big rock is cool and the church is beautiful! That moth looks different, great find. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks Eileen for leaving a lovely comment, glad you liked the post.
      Amanda xx

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  8. A really interesting post with lots of great images Amanda. Hope the egg sandwiches were free range.:)
    Hey Amanda, Giggleswick,? Wigglesworth? and I thought I came from some strange sounding places in darkest Somerset. :)

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    1. Thanks Roy, for the lovely comment. A few people have mentioned the strange name of Giggleswick, we have quite a few odd named towns in the area. Growing up here it just seems normal to me .

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