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#onthisdopeday April 15th 1896 •
Booker T. Washington received an honorary degree from Harvard University. "Character, not circumstances, makes the man."

The Elliott brothers, Arthur James (A.J.) and Lorne Burton, were two University of Saskatchewan students who enlisted in the Great War. Both men were commissioned Lieutenants in the 196th Western Universities Battalion. Lorne Burton was killed in action November 17th, 1917 at Flanders. Arthur James re-enlisted in The Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force following the War. During the Second World War, he re-enlisted again as part of the Veterans guard.

Come by the DCC on Sunday, April 9th for our grand opening, to learn more, and to see Arthur James Elliot's sword in person! The link to our Facebook event is in our bio.

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In response to an increased need for "better farming", the University of Saskatchewan operated a lecture and demonstration train, which travelled to local farming communities from 1914-1920. The train attracted large audiences. In 1914, 40,000 attended over a 5 week period. By 1922, over a quarter of the province had visited it! This was just one of many agricultural initiatives and advancements that came out of the Great War.

Come by the DCC on Suday, April 9th for our grand opening to lern more! The link to our Facebook event is in our bio.

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Fun fact of the day: on this day in 1752, Canada's very first newspaper was printed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Halifax Gazette was printed on half of a single foolscap sheet. John Bushell sold copies of this newspaper from his small print shop, located on Grafton Street.
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This will be my last posting on Instagram. It was only an experiment. My Wordpress blog www.fhithich.co.uk automagically posts to Facebook, Twitter etc. But not to Instagram. I have to do that manually and I find it a pain. So I'm going to stop. You are welcome to continue to follow me either on my Wordpress blog or Facebook.

So to today's photo:

A wet and windy morning. Cockpit Howe is a Neolithic round barrow sited immediately behind the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge between Rosedale and Farndale. It is one of thousands on the North York Moors, originally burial mounds but believed later to have some territorial significance. The stone post is 18th century and probably erected by Thomas Duncombe on the boundary of his Duncombe Estate although it may be a recycled prehistoric standing stone. There is a depression on the howe which is thought to have been used for cock fighting hence its name.

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57 million years ago Europe, North America and Asia were locked together in a great continent called Laurasis. Volcanic activity near what is now the Island of Mull in Scotland cause injections of magma deep underground in what geologists call the Mull Dyke Swarm. The magma cooled and formed a vertical dyke of hard igneous rock known as Whinstone. One such dyke outcrops in Cleveland where it is known as the Cleveland Dyke and on Cliff Ridge whinstone has been extensively quarried for use in road building. It is said that the streets of Leeds are cobbled with Great Ayton stone. In the 1880s Percy Winn took over the quarry from Leeds Corporation and is still referred to locally as Winn's Quarry.

The photo shows the line of the dyke along Langbaurgh ridge heading towards Mull. Beyond Nunthorpe it goes underground but outcrops again at Preston Park on the north bank of the Tees and Cockfield Fell near Hamsterley. The word whin originates from the Old Scandinavian word for gorse, the prickly yellow flowered scrub which flourishes on the sides of the quarry.

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For the third time in the month I've ventured into a church. This time the Church of St Lawrence in East Rounton, to look at the memorial window dedicated to Gertrude Bell, the renown archaeologist, writer, mountaineer and the 'Queen of the Desert'. The window was designed by Douglas Strachan, an artist specialising in stained glass. The window has two lights but to me it is the sandstone jambs and lintel which are the most striking with their Arabic inscriptions, believed to be a poem by Hafiz which was translated by Bell. The stained glass depicts various aspects of Bell's life: Magdalen College, Oxford, where she studied; the Matterhorn; a view of Khadimain, Baghdad, to represent her contribution in the creation of Iraq; and a camel train symbolising her wide travels throughout Arabia.
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I had the chance this morning to climb to the top of the tower of St. Mary the Virgin church in #Nunthorpe. The views from the top were spectacular but the photos, of Roseberry and the Cleveland Hills, I found a little disappointing. The church though is architecturally very interesting. It was consecrated in 1926 and is built in the gothic revival style which was the fashion at the time. Simple, clean lines and less ornate than early Victorian built churches. The architect was Temple Moore who actually completed the design in 1914 but the onset of war delayed start of construction. Sadly Temple Moore died before completion. The land for the church was given by Sir Arthur Dorman, the Teesside ironmaster, who also made substantial contributions towards the building costs which amounted to just under £13,000.

On the climb up the tower the eights bells had to be passed. Now I had always thought bell ringing involved the pulling of thick ropes start the bells swinging. Nunthorpe's bells are fixed with an ingenious pulley system lifting and releasing the clapper. No effort needed at all.
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Not my usual habitat, an housing estate in #Guisborough but cycling down Hutton Lane I remembered this #medieval cross tucked behind a hedge having mentioned it in a post of last year. It comprises a sandstone shaft and base. No inscriptions but several square notches. It marks the spot where the medieval trackway south left or crossed the lane to Hutton. It is surmised that the ground the track crossed was marshy until it reached beginning of the ascent of Highcliff and that Ruther Stone marked the start of a stone causeway. Another suggestion is that the stone marked the boundary of the leper colony at Hutton so travellers would skirt the boundary to avoid contact with the lepers.

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Just a month ago I visited Ana Cross and learnt that the original cross that stood there is now in the crypt at Lastingham church. By coincidence I was in Lastingham today after a pleasant walk across Spaunton Moor from Rosedale.

The church stands on the site of a monastery built in 654 AD by St. Cedd, Bishop of the East Saxons. The Venerable Bede, visiting in the next century, wrote "in accordance with the King's wishes, Cedd chose a site for the monastery among high and remote hills, which seemed more suitable for the dens of robbers and haunts of wild beasts than for human habitation". The site may well have been remote but that didn't stop it being destroyed by marauding Danes at the end of the 8th century. In 1078 Stephen of Whitby re-founded the monastery but it lasted only eight years before being abandoned again with the monks moving to York, for reasons of raiding and local strife. It was during this period that the crypt was built.
Amongst the many interesting artefacts down in the crypt is a stone carved Anglo-Scandinavian sculpture called a hogback. Hogbacks are believed to be a type of grave marker that were fashionable in Northern England and Southern Scotland in the 10th to 12th centuries. The theory is that they were "houses for the dead", the belief arriving with Danish settlers. The hogback in Lastingham is I read sculpted in the form of a bear but it is very weathered.

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Blue skies breaking through the overnight valley mists. Creag Choinnich overlooks Braemar. It's a tiny hill, a mere 538 m high. The name means either the mossy crag or Kenneth's crag, but which is beyond my understanding of the Gaelic. What Creag Choinnich lacks in height though it gains in history. It is reputed to have the oldest hill race dating back to 1064. That's two years before William the Bastard landed at Hastings. King Malcolm II wanted the best runner to deliver his despatches, so he organised a race from Braemar Castle up Creag Choinnich and back. A MacGregor was the first man back winning himself a sword and baldric, and a purse of gold. A baldric is not an ancester of Blackadder's servant but a sash to carry the sword. A modern race is held in June having been "resurrected" ten years or so ago.

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​I don’t normally do public works of art, statues, sculptures and the like, some of which I find absolutely awful. But these statuettes overlooking St. Abbs harbour are tasteful and very moving. The small bronze figures, no more than six inches high, represent the families of three St. Abbs men, Charles Purves and brothers James and William Thorburn, forever looking out to sea for the return of their menfolk. The three men were lost at sea in the great storm of 1881, a storm which claimed the lives of a total of 189 fishermen from the small fishing villages dotted along this east coast of Scotland. The impact on the families and the villages, with the loss of so many breadwinners, is unimaginable.

St Abbs harbour dates from 1833 although fishing was carried out from here at the time of nearby Coldingham Priory which dates from the 11th century when Edgar, King of Scots granted the monks of Durham permission to build a priory. The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, Coldingham being an anglicised form of Urbs Coludi.

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The Temple of Minerva: not the one in Assisi, but a more modest one in Hardwick Park near Sedgefield. My third visit in as many months, I feel as though I'm getting to know this country park created in the 18th century by John Burdon a wealthy businessman from Tyneside. Burdon transformed the rolling fields of his estate with the creation of a 17 acre lake around which he built several follies alternating in classical and gothic styles.

The neoclassical folly Burdon named the Temple of Minerva dominates the park which is Grade II listed. It stands atop a hill created from the spoil from the digging of the lake and was extensively restored in 2004.

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A week for bridges. Until the building of the Tees Barrage towards the end of the 20th century the River Tees was still tidal at Yarm. A wooden bridge existed in the 13th century and to be replaced by a stone one in about 1500 thus ensuring Yarm became a strategic crossing point of the Tees. In 1643, at the height of the English Civil War, the bridge was narrower and incorporated a drawbridge across the northern arch.
By 1643 King Charles I had established his northern headquarters in York and his commander in the North, the Marquis of Newcastle, William Cavendish, ordered some of his troops to accompany a supply train south to York. The route would take them across the Tees at Yarm. Meanwhile a Parliamentarian force of around 400 plus three troops of cavalry led by Sir Hugh Chomeley of Whitby were at Guisborough, where they had routed a Royalist force on the 16 January 1643. On hearing of the supply train they hastened to Yarm where, on the 1st February, the two sides met. In spite of the Parliamentarians' dominant defensive position the Royalists managed to cross the bridge and defeat the Roundheads, taking many prisoners. So ended the Battle of Yarm.
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Spanning the River Leven, the Packhorse Bridge is Grade II listed and dates from the 17th century although it probably replaced an earlier bridge. It was on the pannierman route south to Helmsley from Durham, Stokesley being an important market town en route. The high span enabled the river to be crossed in all states of the river. The parapets of the bridge have been raised; when built they were lower to accomodate for the wide panniers carried by the packhorses or jaggers. The trains of between 12 and 40 horses were the juggernauts of the day covering 40 or 50 miles per day, long days. The range of goods carried were enormous: textiles, timber, salt and fish, alum, coal and ironstone. The advent of the railways and the introduction of better roads through the toll system led to the a decline in the use of packhorses.

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