ON ILK­LEY MOOR

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ILK­LEY Moor is one of York­shire’s most fa­mous land­marks.

It be­came known na­tion­wide for its nat­u­ral springs and hy­drother­apy, which be­came pop­u­lar in the 1800s. Those who vis­ited fell in love with the scenery and its in­ter­est­ing rock for­ma­tions, in­clud­ing the dra­matic cow and calf. In 1893 the Ur­ban Dis­trict Coun­cil bought the moor but not be­fore it was imor­talised in song by a Wes­leyan Church choir. Leg­end has it that the choir was pic­nick­ing when two of the party went miss­ing. On their re­turn, one of the choir ut­tered the first line of the song: “Wheear ‘as ta bin sin ah saw thee?” It was later put to the tune of the 1805 hymn

by Thomas Clark.

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