St. Mary’s Church, Kettlewell, Yorkshire
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.