St. Mary’s Church, Ket­tlewell, York­shire

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Al­though a Nor­man church once stood on the site, the present place of wor­ship, in a pretty vil­lage in the York­shire Dales, dates from the end of the 19th cen­tury. De­spite its peace­ful set­ting, the church, like many through­out England, con­tains re­minders of how war has reached into ev­ery cor­ner of our coun­try. It is ex­actly 100 years since the Bat­tle of the Somme, and the East Win­dow of the church de­picts sol­diers rest­ing in trenches be­fore go­ing over the top in 1916. The win­dow was given in mem­ory of God­frey Cut­cliffe Hyne who was killed in the bat­tle and lies buried in the church­yard. On a lighter note, there is a tra­di­tion that, when­ever a wed­ding is tak­ing place, the chil­dren of the vil­lage tie the gate with lace. Be­fore they will un­tie it and al­low the wed­ding party to walk through, the groom has to throw coins to the chil­dren. The vil­lage is fa­mous for its Scare­crow Fes­ti­val which is sched­uled to take place this year from 13th to 21st Au­gust.

TOM RICHARD­SON

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