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April 29, 2012

Mellow Mystery

by gordonmichaelsutton

This is the parish church of St Mary the Virgin in Leake, near Thirsk,  just off the busy A19. Apparently it’s been here since around Norman times.

Despite the soggy weather the stone on the church looks quite mellow and warm. Here it is again. I managed to capture a rain drop on the lens too. No houses for miles around you’ll notice, although up to the 14th Century this was quite a thriving settlement.

No-one’s too sure what exactly went wrong for Leake. There are two main theories. The first was that a plague of some sort took hold and decimated the population. While according to a local farmer I spoke to it was raised to the ground by marauding Scots. The church, however, did survive and services are held there still. Apparently the church is floodlit in the evenings but I’ve not had a chance to see this yet.

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