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I guess you are doing a double take at the grim title I have chosen; let me explain.This is the river Swale in the Yorkshire Dales' Swaledale.In the middle ages the poor folk of Swaledale had to carry their dead for many miles to be buried at the nearest consecrated ground at St Andrews,Grinton.An elderly lady I met during our stay explained that along the route large slabs of stone were placed on which to rest the coffins so that the coffin bearers could take a break.There's a path that follows the river where these can be found. She reckons visitors mistakenly think that the stones have been placed there to be sat on.After she told me about these coffin resting stones I recalled seeing two large stones placed one on top of another along a track we had walked by the river.(On the day we came across a Sainsbury's grocery delivery van that had lost its way, following its satnav directions , and become stuck on the rocky path. The driver was in a bit of a fix as he couldn't get a mobile phone signal in the dale).I have uploaded a photo of St Andrew's church as a workshop. Here is a link to the local parish church's website. It is interesting itself as it has an account of a recent unusual christening, but also scroll down and read the left hand column headed "Final Journeys".

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  • Copyright: Bev Turner (Glint) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 30 N: 1226] (6163)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-05
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2012-09-17 12:24
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