A pilgrim information for God's personal county by Gavin Wakefield
GAVIN WAKEFIELD's Yorkshire trip creepily coincides with my own meeting points and shows 27 lights on the way. Margaret Clitheroe, a butcher's wife, prays at night under the gallows of five priests on the Knavesmire in York before being pressed to death like a bull's tongue on Good Friday 1586.
David Watson of St. Michael-le-Belfrey considers the Reformation the greatest tragedy in the Church. Knaresborough's hermit, Robert Flower, plays Emily Maitlis before King John: "Is your power so that you can make this ear of corn out of nowhere?" Huddersfield's Vicar wife, Henry Venn, emptied her husband's pockets before her visit so he wouldn't give away everything he had.© Geraldine CasswellA sketch of "God's own county" and its places of pilgrimage by Geraldine Casswell from the present book
The overzealous Abbot Benedict castrates two monks for stealing the silver from Selby Abbey. Lockdown Selby later spurns the pilgrimage of mercy led by childhood childhood hero Robert Aske. Richard Rolle gets to know the women from Hampole, who smell warm and sweet like his god: "What does it matter to you whether my breasts are large or small?"
Sheffield industrial missionary Ted Wickham concludes that the C of E hasn't lost the working class: it never had it at the beginning. Richard Oastler from Bradford goes bankrupt himself and campaigns for the Ten Hours Act. and Polly Wigglesworth preaches: "Fear looks, faith leaps."
"Ee, boy, since we are surrounded by such great clout of witnesses, let's circle her Abitats for a week!"
The Rt Revd David Wilbourne is a hon. Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of York.
Sacred and Holy Places of Yorkshire: A Pilgrim Guide to God's Own County
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