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An excellent simple summary included a history of the two dales as a pdf file on the Yorkshire Dales National Parks site. Names on the memorials within Grinton church and the gravestones in the churchyard
This section contains scans of a survey carried out in 1988 of all the memorials. © Cleveland Family History Society
Jabez Raisbeck - a noted Reeth shopkeeper and the 'cave' on Fremington Edge where he is said to have written poetry. All about the history of the buses and coaches serving the two Dales.
An evacuee's account of his stay in Grinton during World War II Lucie Hinson's research on the 2 Dales, mainly weather & flooding.
Reeth hydro-electric plant  

Antiquity in Swaledale

Grinton How also known as Grinton 'Fort' or Ox Hill

The Battle of Reeth - An iron age battle, possibly with Roman involvement. The object of the siege was Maiden Castle.

Maiden Castle - originally thought to be an iron age fort with an unusual stone entrance corridor. Now thought to possibly be a cermonial or meeting place. Also see this site.

Grinton Dyke

Reeth lynchets - medieval strip farming

Fremington Hagg - a Roman Cavalry hoard

A 2nd century denarius hoard, Grinton. The Time Tunnel display in the Dales Countryside Museum suggests a date around 170 AD.

Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group - a group of enthusiasts affiliated with the Swaledale Museum who plan to contribute to the historical knowledge base of our dales through the full range of archaeological and associated activity.


Old photographs


Dales life in the 1950s & 60s © Lucie Hinson

Grinton in the 50s © Tim Mason


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