TREASURE HUNT INTERESTING FACTS
Here are some of the ‘Interesting’ facts that were provided about our area in Pam’s agenda.
Some of you reading this may visit our part of the world – or even like myself who live here never know what history is on our own doorstep. So a little bit of Bridlington & Wolds History coming up, I hope you will find it entertaining……….
Interesting fact 1
The transition from Roman Britain to Anglo-Saxon England were really troubled times both militarily and politically and as a result of the repeated barbarian attacks landowners like those at Skerne buried large quantities of coins for safe keeping. (if they were anything like me they would be so safe even I wouldn’t be able to find them)!
Anyway – Events apparently overtook the owners and the hoards were not recovered until the nineteenth century.
The hoards at Skerne were discovered in 1897 when deepening a drainage ditch at Copper Hall Farm – Wow what a find……….
Interesting fact 2
Corn for the troops fighting for Edward 1st v William Wallace was dispatched from the river port of Wansford to Hull and Newcastle in 1290s………
Interesting fact 3
By circa 1793 Wansford was a very large bleaching-ground, in the occupation of Christopher Bainton. There was a newly-erected woolen and cotton mill occupied by Messers. Boyes, Bainton, and Co. which employed upwards of 400 hands. They made carpets. This would be the building which stands in the canal opposite the hollow tree……..
Interesting fact 4
In the 19th century Gembling Green was full of geese. The geese were driven from Gembling to Driffield market. The webbed feet of the geese were prepared for the drove by driving them through a pan of tar, mixed with sawdust and grit (sounds painful to me).
This made a sort of pad for the soles of their feet so that they could walk the miles to the market……
Interesting fact 5
The church at Lowthorpe is believed to have been built in 1333, when it was made collegiate by Sir John de Heslerton and housed six chaplains and three clerks. The college survived until its dissolution in 1579, when it declined in status to a Parish Church.
The church contains several ancient monuments particularly the ‘tree tomb’. A monument of two figures under a sheet on top of which a tree spreads with it’s roots at their feet and branches across their bodies. At the end of each branch is a small head perhaps representing children. If the church is open when you visit it is just to the left of the door…………
Interesting fact 6
On the right hand side of the road from Driffield to Bridlington, just before descending the hill to Bracey Bridge, only a field length from the road is a large circular mound known as Fox Hill (Folks Moot). It was from this mound that the new laws, enacted during the year were read in the hearing of the assembled inhabitants……..
Interesting fact 7
Before the arrival of the Driffield canal Kilham had a thriving market – this market attracted trade and businesses from across the Wolds, but as soon as the canal was opened
Driffield began to attract to itself more and more trade. The superior facilities offered to the traders soon extinguished the market at Kilham, where anciently stood a market cross, this cross is now in the church yard at Lowthorpe, where tradition says it was removed along with the market at a time when Kilham was visited by the Plague, or Black Death .
The cross was never moved back again, although a market of some sorts must have been held again at Kilham since then.
Exactly when Kilham market was given up is not known, but it was wholly discontinued in 1823.
Interesting fact 8
As you drive down the village of Kilham you will see a bull ring near the church firmly set in a large block of stone. Near the bull ring used to be a round house or temporary lock up. The last occupants of which in order to prevent their removal to Bridlington tore their clothing to shreds. However the village constable had considerable determination and with a pair of scissors and string made garments for the two out of four potato sacks, and in spite of their bare arms and legs the constable presented his prisoners before the Bridlington Magistrates………
Interesting fact 9
Opposite the Star Inn in the village there used to be stocks with six holes for three persons against the church wall.
A frequent occupant was a man with a wooden leg, who always put up a fierce struggle before he was clamped into the stocks by his natural leg. Whilst in the stocks he used his artificial leg both as a defense against the hail of missiles and as a weapon to attack any unsuspecting person who ventured too close to him. On one occasion he was being taken before the Magistrates at Bridlington for causing damage to the stocks, and whilst the constable stopped for refreshments at Burton Agnes the one legged prisoner drove off with the horse and cart and escaped………