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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

National Park's regal connections are monumental

Folks who are preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are being invited to take a peek at the regal connections found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Set in stone ... the Oughtershaw memorial
commemorating Queen Victoria's
Diamond Jubilee in 1887. Photo courtesy of
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
National park bosses say the area is an Aladdin’s cave for history buffs with a love for the monarchy, thanks to its many monuments and plaques marking major events.

Senior historic environment officer Robert White said: “There is a long tradition of marking special events and people with features and structures that now form part of our cultural heritage – and there are plenty of examples here in the Yorkshire Dales landscape.

“At one extreme might be the Cavendish memorial at Bolton Abbey, the Grade Two listed fountain commemorating Lord Frederick Cavendish, the second son of the 7th Duke of Devonshire, who was murdered in Dublin in 1882.

"The elaborate nature of this fountain contrasts with simple group of memorials, apparently connected with Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee at Oughtershaw. These include a simple stone slab carved with a cross and VR 1887 and a couple of circular stone troughs.

“The Queen’s Gardens at Sedbergh, were presented to the town of Sedbergh by Mrs Florence Upton-Cottrell-Dormer of Ingmire Hall in 1906 to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria. The gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson, were added to the national Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in 2012.

“And Victoria ’s Diamond Jubilee was also marked by the erection of maypoles in several villages in Craven.

“In Aysgarth, the Coronation of George V and Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee are both marked by plaques on the village green. Elsewhere, such events were often marked by commemorative trees.”

The national park also contains memorials marking other significant events, ranging from a stone pillar on the village green at Linton that commemorates it winning first prize as the loveliest village in the north in 1949, to a memorial recording the slaughter of stock during the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak, a poignant reminder of the impact this event had upon the farming community of the Yorkshire Dales.

Robert added: “The Yorkshire Dales is like an Aladdin’s cave.

“Hidden within the national park are lots of physical links to national as well as local history. Our long-running Feature of the Season project is helping us record these historic features and increase our understanding of them.”

Roger Bingham, the national park authority's member champion for conservation of cultural heritage, said: “The smaller village reminders of royal events, like inscribed seats, church plaques, playing fields and the trees planted to commemorate the 1953 Coronation – which are now as high as our church towers – convey and record part of our social history as well as loyalty to our country, our Queen and her sovereign predecessors.”

The range of monuments in the National Park is the subject of an article on the park authority’s website at while the history of the landscape is laid out on its Out of Oblivion website at

1 comment:

Richard Law said...

A good example of local royal celebrations in the villages of Farnhill and Kildwick here