A Glimpse Of The Medieval

Written in part response to the Daily Word-prompt ‘Temporary

Mixing the present day with a looking glass into the past has become an enjoyable pastime of mine.

This week, my daughter and I had a drive out to the little market town of Skipton in North Yorkshire which is just over half an hour away from my home.

Skipton, which has the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool canal running through,  is situated south of the Yorkshire Dales.

At the very top of Skipton’s cobbled main street stand the twin towers of Skipton Castle. The castle is over 900 years old and is one of the best preserved medieval castles in England.

Sitting next door to the castle is the centuries old Holy Trinity Church, (denomination Church of England).

It was market day and after a look around the small Monday market, Lizzy and I wandered around the streets and back streets, peering into the windows of the abundance of small shops.

We walked down towards the canal bank where I took a couple of photographs of barges that were moored there.


We enjoyed our morning coffee and scones in a small canal side café and I have to admit my latte was one of the best I’ve tasted.

Walking back from the canal, taking a different route, I was surprised to find a shop that was advertising funeral services, something I’ve never seen before and was even more surprised to see the glass fronted window display  showing a coffin. The casket, decorated with flowers was  entirely constructed from woven basketwork.


Now, it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take a photograph and neither could I let it go without commenting that this was exactly the coffin I would like. Lizzy wondered if I could possibly become any crazier. I don’t think it’s the slightest bit crazy to choose your own coffin, and I will try very hard to make sure my craziness, as she put it, is not temporary.

We visited Holy Trinity Church which dates from 1300 and I particulary enjoyed seeing the enclosed pews, which of course you only ever find in very old churches. I sat alone in the one of the pews and listened to the soft music that was playing and by coincidence was one of my favourite pieces. Sung here by the Choir Boys and introduced in Welsh by Aled Jones.



We didn’t visit inside the castle today because we had a baby and his pushchair with us, but I have visited several times when accompanying school trips and can highly recommend a visit.


Skipton Castle 2

The Tudor Courtyard

The Tudor Courtyard and ancient Yew Tree

Skipton Castle is a fascinating castle to visit and if you would like to read more please follow the link.  Visit Skipton Castle

12 thoughts on “A Glimpse Of The Medieval

  1. Ooh, I’ll go and investigate that Funeral Director – there can’t be that many in Skipton. I want either a wicker or cardboard coffin, but I thought they were only available on line.I should be prepared I think. I’m definitely in the last 1/4 of my life!

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  2. emn

    I didn’t know a basket weave casket was a possibility. It is very pretty and not at all off putting. As for a storefront for funeral services – that is a new concept to me. But hey, why not? Perhaps they offer a bit of competition to the traditional funeral home. Once again, a big thanks for sharing your locale with us, Sue. Very enjoyable.

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    1. It’s the first time I’ve seen a funeral store too. In the other window they had a list of prices and a breakdown of what each price offers. Great idea and was far more reasonable than the last funeral I paid for. They also do cardboard caskets too! I was quite taken with the idea of flowers woven into the basket. Perhaps I’m a hippy at heart!

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  3. Leslie Price

    Hi Sue love Skipton have been going there for years Dad was born there as was his brother and sister, Grandad had a fish and chip shop there after he came up from Wales. If you like steam trains they run from Embsay to Bolton Abbey which is well worth a visit, Embsay is about a mile away from Skipton plus they do a santa 🎅 special at Christmas 🎄 we have taken Grandkids and they loved it xx

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  4. Hi Les, Yes I know the Embsay railway well and have done the Christmas trip many times since Josh was a toddler (now 28). Always on the lookout for new places though. Thanks for commenting Les.


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