100 years ago in COUN­TRY LIFE

March 17, 1917

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

IN the grave­yard of Ri­p­ley Parish Church, some four miles north of Har­ro­gate, is to be seen a ‘Weep­ing-cross’. It is a cu­ri­ous mas­sive ob­ject carved out of stone, with re­cesses cut into the lower tier on which the pen­i­tents would kneel dur­ing their sup­pli­ca­tions, a some­what for­bid­ding or­deal dur­ing such weather as pre­vailed when the writer re­cently vis­ited the church, when the re­cesses were filled with snow. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists state that this relic of early British Chris­tian­ity dates un­doubt­edly from Ro­man oc­cu­pa­tion of our land.

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