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The Clerk in the Country

Friday 29th July 2022 Gone! Regular readers may remember my reports of the demolition of Eggborough Power Station’s eight cooling towers in two stages last year.  It was thought at the time that the 200 metre tall chimney would be …

Posted - 31/07/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 15th July 2022 Harvest Heatwave The countryside around here is no longer green.  The view from my windows is a patchwork of yellow cereals and brown oil seed rape and in the last few days combine harvesters have appeared, …

Posted - 17/07/2022 | Read more

The Clerk Out and About

Friday 1st July 2022 Grand Days Out It was good to read recently that Whitelock’s Ale House in Leeds has had its listed status raised from Grade II to Grade II*.  Tucked away right in the centre of the city …

Posted - 2/07/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Counry

Friday 27th May 2022 Tonnes and tablespoons I was interested to read recently about a project encouraging the cultivation of einkorn wheat in urban allotments, gardens and even window boxes with the aims of maintaining this heritage cereal variety and …

Posted - 30/05/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 20th May 2022 A walk in May As pandemic restrictions have eased and life has returned to more normal routines, I find that my walks into the countryside have become less frequent, but in glorious sunshine last Saturday I …

Posted - 21/05/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 13th May 2022 Moving home On my way back from putting some YPS mail into the village post box this morning, I was surprised to see, emerging from my gateway, a family of geese.  Mr Goose was in the …

Posted - 15/05/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country

Friday 6th May 2022 Fields of gold For the last couple of weeks, whenever the sum has shone, fields of oil seed rape have basked in their golden glory.  The vibrant colour patching the countryside is not to everyone’s taste …

Posted - 8/05/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 29th April 2022 Meanwhile in Yorkshire … The Rev. George Bird and his artist John Bird were hard at work on A Geological Survey of the Yorkshire Coast … (&c – all 19th century geological texts need to be …

Posted - 1/05/2022 | Read more

Two hundred years ago …

Friday 22nd April 2022 Kirkdale goes viral! At least by eighteenth century standards … On 23rd February 1822, the Yorkshire Gazette quoted a letter received from an unnamed person familiar with Kirkdale, describing “a geological phenomenon … which has much …

Posted - 22/04/2022 | Read more

The Clerk in the Country (with Covid)

Friday 8th April 2022 Notes & jottings Recovering from Covid and waking every morning to radio news of gloom and tragedy from around the world, I was heartened last week by a report from Cambridge that two of Charles Darwin’s …

Posted - 10/04/2022 | Read more