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My name is Roy, I live at Otley in West Yorkshire and I am retired. I am not the best photographer and most of my pics depict the unusual.

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This lovely ancient church has many treasures, not least a fine 10th century Celtic cross which stands proudly 13' tall in the churchyard. There are also several old inscribed stones including the Vitalian Stone which dates to 500AD.

An avenue of 700 years old yew trees leads to the church, and one of them is the famous ‘bleeding’ yew tree’ about which various legends exist. A blood red sap leaks from the trunk of the tree. One story has it that it bleeds for the wrongful hanging of a young man many years ago. Another says that it will bleed until the world is at peace.

There is an elaborate stone mounting block near the church gate which was necessary when churchgoers travelled by horse or carriage. It was once the custom for newlyweds to depart their wedding together on a single horse, closely pursued by thie guests.

The burial plot at Morton Cemetery is pictured.

Sir George Caley (1773 – 1857), of Brompton-by-Sawdon near Scarborough, has been described as The Father of Aviation and with good cause. It is a little known fact that the world’s first aeroplane flight took place in Brompton Dale in the mid 19th century, and the plaudits go to Sir George, who had discovered that the old idea of flapping wings was of no use at all. He decided that there must be a flat plane which depended on wind pressure and the angle of the plane’s surface, and his subsequent design boasted all the refinements of the modern aeroplane with the exception of wing flaps. His prototype was tested by his protesting coachman when he reluctantly piloted the craft in 1852 and he is quoted as having said, ‘ Please Sir George, I wish to give notice. I was hired to drive, not to fly.’ Sir George later designed a wheeled undercarriage and the first moveable tail. A plaque on the wall of his workshop at Brompton Hall recalls this visionary pioneer.

These posts are preserved in Colby Woodland Garden near Amroth.

Thanks for the additional information to my lock-up photos. All the best, Brian

Another superb image. My notes on this are :- The lock-up, known as The Round House, is situated in Maddington Street.

It dates to 1700. Moved slightly and re-constructed after 1945 Grade 11 listed 18.2.1958. ID 319857.

Blind house or lock up. Circa 1700. Dressed limestone walls and roof. Round plan. Single storey, one narrow planked and studded door, two loop-holes, one on either side to rear, plat band at eaves level, domed stone roof with ball finial. Not in original position; moved and reconstructed after 1945. Scheduled Ancient Monuments; Wiltshire, No 253.

Listing NGR: SU0680543874 (*English Heritage).


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