Thursday, 1 May 2014
Most of the buildings in Halton Gill are very old. I saw stones showing dates in the 1600s and 1700s on several buildings. It seems a tight-knit community and very few of the properties appear to have changed hands within the last 20 years. People must like living there, even though (or perhaps because) it is quite remote. It's 10 miles to Settle, the nearest market town, over a narrow moorland road with some of the most spectacular scenery in Yorkshire.
This used to be the church and is now converted into a residence. I've found an interesting biography concerning John Augustus Grisedale, born here in 1868, the son of a minister of this church. His father died suddenly in 1881 and by 1884/5 young 'Gus', aged only 16 or 17, set off alone to seek his fortune in America.
Geese make effective guards for the family's washing!