Osmotherley Methodist Church 1754

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John Wesley, one of the founders of Methodism, preached around Osmotherley many times from 1745 onwards.
Osmotherley Methodist Church 1754
A methodist society formed in 1750 and the chapel was built in 1754, making it one of the earliest in the country.
Osmotherley Methodist Church 1754
BY 1865 a larger chapel was needed and the original fell out of use, however it was restored in 1970 and the larger chapel became a private house.
Osmotherley Methodist Church 1754
The chapel is still in use today and carries the date 1754 over the door.

Michael Pease – ‘On War Service’ Badge

These photos were kindly shared by the owner of the item in question. They show the 1915 On War Service badge of Michael Pease.Pease family 009
These badges were issued to people to avoid them being accused to dodging military service, in this case this one was for the Cargo Fleet Iron Company Ltd
Pease family 008
Part of the Pease dynasty of Quaker businessmen, Michael Lloyd Pease was born in 1891 and died in 1968, a photo of his grave can be seen here

Witch Post – Hutton-Le-Hole

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Witch Posts are nearly exclusively found in the North Yorks Moors with example being found at Glaisdale, Danby, Rosedale, Gillamoor, Farndale, Egton, Goathland, Lealholm and Silpho. The example at the Ryedale Folk Museum is originally from Stang End at Danby
Witch Post - Hutton Le Hole
They are said to prevent witches from flying down the chimney by placing a St Andrew’s cross on one of the fireplace posts.

witch posts

This drawing of other examples don’t always look like a St Andrew’s cross to me and the true meaning of the symbols and history of the tradition seem to have been lost.



Bee Houses / Bee Boles, Hutton-le-Hole

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A bee boles (or Bee House as they are know locally) is a recess in a wall where a straw ‘skep’ would have been sheltered from the wind and rain before the development of modern bee-hives (rougly pre-1850)
Bee Boles - Hutton Le Hole
This reconstruction is at the Folk Museum in Hutton-le-Hole, although there are actual examples still in Glaisdale and Westerdale.

Verjuice Press / Beam Press – Farndale

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This verjuice press lies partially covered by a tree in Farndale. Verjuice is the acidic juice of crab apples, traditionally used in cooking and medicine. A large stone would have been placed on top and a beam used to make it squeeze the fruit, with the juice running out of the carved channels.
Verjuice Press, Farndale
This photograph of an olive oil press gives a good idea of how it would have worked.