But on the 21st of August, J and B suggested we go and have a look at the White Horse on Sutton Bank. I'd only heard of it, but never been there, and since the day looked promising with the prospect of a good walk/hike, off we went.
Our first stop was the handsome village of Coxwold:
We walked up the hill from where we had parked the car and took a closer look at St. Michael's Church. According to wikipedia (see the link above, clicking on the word "Coxwold" will take you there), a church has been at this place since the year 700. The building you can see now is from 1420; its tower is unusual in that it is octagonal.
Inside, there was much detail to take in, but little chance of getting good photos with it being so dark in there. Nonetheless, I managed to take this one of a face on the ceiling of the church's entrance porch, and one of four mice hidden in various places around the chancel and a side chapel of the church. (It was too dark, we only found two, I think.)
Outside, I found the view across the churchyard so beautiful, with the mixture of melancholy and reassurance of life's continuity I always feel when looking at old tombstones.
Maybe you have heard of (or even read) the 18th century novel "Tristram Shandy". Its author, Laurence Stern, lived at Shandy Hall in Coxwold, and was buried here.
Across the road from the church, we couldn't help but admire this beautiful old building. What had it been originally, we were wondering? We looked it up on the internet when we got home that night, and learned that the building is from 1603, when Sir John Harte founded a grammar school here.
John grew up in the neighbouring village of Kilburn (which was to be our next stop). He went to London as an apprentice grocer. Later, he married his master's daughter, and made it to Lord Mayor of London. He never forgot where he came from, though. The school he founded in 1603 was only closed nearly 300 years later, in 1894.
Never mind, the day had more Good Things for us in store, as you will see in my next post.