Couldn’t pass up a chance to take you on a tour of another local village. Now you may think you don’t know Newton on Rawcliffe , but you may be mistaken just a little bit. A few miles out of Pickering and just about within the North York Moors Park area, Newton lies on the west side of Newtondale, which you may not have heard of but you may just have seen. Remember Heartbeat(ITV)? Well the opening sequence shows a steam train chugging its way through Newtondale, and the yellow gorse on the roadside, well that’s on the East side of Newtondale just opposite Newton. We may go there one day on my exploration of villages.
Newton on Rawcliffe is a very small village, not fancy in any way. In fact one of the things I really like about it, is that it’s not a chocolate box village. There’s mud on the road and you can smell that you are in a rural location.
Up this hill lies the village pond.
A proper pond in which cattle, sheep , geese, and ducks used to go for water. Now its just ducks and the odd horse.
Going on a bit further, as they say in these parts.
A proper working phone box, don’t expect a mobile phone signal here.
A proper village hall, hub of the community. They were advertising a Pudding Club night on that notice board.
This was my favourite little cottage, called Turf House cottage. Back in the day, villagers collected turf from the moor for fuel, I think it was stored here for the farmhouse behind.
This was my favourite cottage garden. The day was a bit misty and murky last week although the sun did try to break through the clouds.
Looking at this building I am guessing it used to be the village school.
That’s the Methodist chapel and this
St John’s church which is part of a parish of several villages served by a vicar who conducts services in different ones each week, with the congregation having to travel if they want to attend a service each week.
Inside is plain and simple.
This church clock mechanism is fascinating to watch.
This little chap encourages you to leave a pebble and say a prayer.
See the big black one in the front, this was for you Kate coping with mud, for you Margaret for your precious daughter and for my friend Jane whose father is very poorly at present. On the wall opposite were these delightful paintings.
Painted by Antonia Winsor who lives in the village.
I loved this bit and
this bit is so moving.
Did I mention that there is a vacancy for a vicar for the parish but you don’t get
the rather big Old Vicarage, which is in private ownership now. Feeling a bit thirsty after all this walking about? Pub?
Oh yes, there is a campsite next door too!
Hope you enjoyed my tour , with Pond!
Wild Daffodil will be away from her blog this month so please feel free to leave a link to your pond in the comments section. Sandra will then be able to do a monthly round up of our efforts when she’s is back.
Meantime next weeks prompt is LUNCH! Nomnomnom!