Today our local town, not great at landscapes to be honest, Taken from Easby and the Drummer Boy walk. Managed to get out with my good lady before picking the kids up this afternoon, a rather dull and misty day up here. Fairly pleased with the results despite the weather
Founded by the Normans in 1071 the town grew up around the castle built on the 'riche-mont' or 'strong-hill' that gave the town its name and whose massive keep dominates all other buildings around. The first of all Richmonds was an important regional centre in the medieval period, when royal charters were granted giving rights to hold markets and fairs.
The Georgian era was one of great prosperity for the town, when many fine buildings were constructed, and one of the first gas works in Europe was built. Many of the houses built at that time surround the cobbled market place, said to be one of the largest in England, with the Church of the Holy Trinity (now the Green Howards Regimental Museum) rising from its centre.
The Drummer Boy Legend
The legend maintains that many years ago, possibly at the end of the 18th century, some soldiers discovered an opening to a tunnel under the Keep of the Castle. As they were too large to crawl into it themselves, they selected one of the small regimental drummer boys to be lowered through a narrow crevice into a vault. He was told to continue along the passage beating his drum as he went. Guided by the sound of drumming, the soldiers were to follow his course above the ground and so plot the route.
The sound of the drum was heard clearly as he proceeded down the tunnel. It led them away from the Castle, across the Market Place in the direction of Frenchgate, and beside the River Swale towards Easby.
When the soldiers reached Easby Wood, half a mile from the Abbey, the drumming ceased. A stone stands today to mark the spot and is called the 'Drummer Boy Stone' by the local people. The drummer boy was never seen again. Perhaps the roof had fallen in? The mystery has never been solved.
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|Camera:||Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G VR |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||11 Jun 2012 - 2:12 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.3|
|Metering Mode:||Center-weighted average|