Notes - Mowbray Vale
"Arthur's sleeping knights"- Legend has it that Arthur's knights lie sleeping beneath the
keep of Richmond Castle, awaiting the day of Britains greatest need, when they will arise
and ride forth to the rescue…. This has much in common with Irish tales of fairies and
'little people', who like Arthur lie enchanted beneath hills and earthworks.
"The Chantry Bridge"- Catterick Bridge, North Yorkshire; where once stood a chapel for
wayfarers, like those that still survive ant Wakefield, Rotherham, Bradford upon Avon,
and St. Ives, Hunts. The followers of King Edwin of Northumbria are believed to have been
baptised in the Swale here by the monk Paulinus.
"The grave of the labouring man".. Henry Jenkins, whose spire capped grave may be plainly
discerned in the churchyard as you pass by, on perhaps the most wearying stretch of the
"Where the bones of a million soldiers lie" The Vale of Mowbray is the northern extension
of the Vale of York. These rich, fertile lowlands have long been an avenue for north-to-south
communication. Romans, Scots, Roundheads and Royalists have all passed this way.
The area is rich in prehistoric sites, like the Thornborough Circles and the enigmatic
Devil's Arrows near the ancient town of Boroughbridge, the Isurium Brigantum of the
Romano-Britons. Here was the centre of Roman Brigantia, and the Vale must have witnessed
many struggles between the roman legions and the local tribesmen. In later times, the
battles Stamford Bridge, The Standard, Towton, and Marston Moor have all been fought in
the Vale country.. If England has a parallel to 'Flanders Fields.' Then this must be it.