John Booth died September 5th 1853

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On a remote part of Wheeldale Moor is the following plaque :-

In memory of John Booth who died on this spot September 5th 1853. Aged 84. He was gamekeeper to Richard Hill Esq. of Thornton for 56 years.

John Booth 1853

Even with such a precise death date I can find no census records for him.

John Booth 1853

Richard Hill of Thornton Hall died himself just 2 years later.

Leake Church, Mass Dials

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Leake church now stands alone by the A19, it once served the now deserted Medieval village of Leake; it now serves the two villages of Borrowby and Knayton.

Mass dials are a type of medieval sundial found on churches, they were used to show the time of services held during the day before the advent of clocks and watches.

Leake Church, Mass dials

They are also known as Scratch dials because many are scratched into the stone. The hole in the centre held a rod that cast a shadow, known as a gnomon.

Leake Church, Mass dial