Thursday, 1 February 2018

Zion Congregational Church, Settle

A Grade II Listed Building in Settle, North Yorkshire

Zion Chapel was built in 1816 into the steep hillside of Upper Settle and was at the heart of community life for the best part of 200 years.
Many of Settle residents will have connections with Zion, not only through services, weddings and funerals but also through the astonishing range of all-age activities that flourished over the years.
Plays and shows were written and put on, an orchestra and several choirs were formed and concerts given, as well as a young people's fellowship, two Sunday schools, a Guild, a mid-week fellowship and various rambles, dances, socials and fundraising efforts.
Zion had to close its doors for the last time in 2015, the Chapel Trustees have kindly donated their entire archive to The Folly (see further down)
In 2016 the Folly put an exhibition on: objects, photographs, notebooks, beautiful hand-illustrated magazines, posters and much more besides.(LINK)
29 January 2018

The Folly

The Folly is a striking and impressive 17th century house close to the centre of Settle in the heart of Yorkshire's Craven Dales. The Folly is Settle's finest building and a Grade 1 listed building of outstanding architectural importance. The Folly was built in 1679 by Richard Preston, a wealthy lawyer. His new house, standing by the old main road into the town, formed the centrepiece of his estate in Settle and was undoubtedly built to make an impact.

Today restored by North Craven Building Preservation Trust the Folly is home to the Museum of North Craven Life and features a permanent exhibition telling the story of North craven's landscape and people; the Settle - Carlisle Railway room and a programme of temporary exhibitions.(LINK)

Upper Settle is the oldest part of town, narrow streets most still cobbled, while I was there I took some photos of some of the buildings and  the streets, It was a very dark damp morning making the images quite dark.


Old well and steps, Well Hill

Well Hill steps, horses and cattle used to drink from the well. There were three in a row the first for washing, second for animals to drink from and third for people to draw water.

Well Hill steps

Settle Town hall, centre of Settle. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

The bell Tower, St Oswald's Church Guisely


After the  Heritage day at St Oswald's church, I was lucky enough to be contacted as they liked my photos, so I asked if I could go up the tower. (Link at bottom of post) today I got my wish.

I met Tony (guide on Heritage day). After a very dull week the sun was shining making the trip out onto the roof very special as you could see for miles across Guiseley, up to wards Yeadon and Rawdon.

Door to tower

 I loved this beautiful Bell stained glass window.
On this floor was the ropes for the bell ringers, I got to see the clocks pendulum. As well as look out of the two windows on this level.

clocks pendulum

Plaque showing the bells arriving and being fitted in the tower.

Change ringing

Change ringing is the art of ringing a set of tuned bells in a controlled manner to produce variations in their striking sequences. This may be by method ringing in which the ringers commit to memory the rules for generating each change, or by call changes, where the ringers are instructed how to generate each new change by calls from a conductor. This creates a form of bell music which is continually changing, but which cannot be discerned as a conventional melody.

Change ringing originated following the invention of English full-circle tower bell ringing in the early 17th century, when bell ringers found that swinging a bell through a large arc gave more control over the time between successive strikes of the clapper. This culminated in the custom of ringing bells through a full circle, which enabled ringers to accurately ring continually-changing sequences, known as "changes".

Speed control of a tower bell is exerted by the ringer only when each bell is mouth upwards and moving slowly near the balance point; this constraint and the intricate rope manipulation involved normally requires that each bell has its own ringer. The considerable weights of full-circle tower bells also means they cannot be easily stopped or started, and the change of speed between successive strikes is limited. This in turn places basic limitations on the rules for generating easily-rung changes; each bell must strike once in each sequence, but its order of striking in successive changes can only change by one place.

Change ringing is practised worldwide, but it is by far most common on church bells in English churches, where it first developed. Change ringing is also performed on handbells, where conventionally each ringer holds two bells, and chimed on carillons and chimes of bells; though these are more commonly used to play conventional melodies.(LINK)

Through the window.

Through the "Bell" window.

The bells

Looking down the steps.

We had to climb through a little hatch onto the roof, legs felt like jelly as I suffer really bad from vertigo, but wasn't going to miss out on the view. I would have liked to have  taken a panoramic photo, but I was holding onto the side for my life....

|Guiseley Trees

Looking over to the Medieval field system

Thankfully I managed to get back down with my wobbly legs. I would like to say a big thank you to St Oswald's church and Tony my guide.  The tower is about 60 foot high.

If you are interested you can see photos from the church and the church yard