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Stone Hats and a Shoe Tree

Posted in HISTORY, PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2011 by echostains

shoe tree

A tree displaying shoes in Nevada gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘shoe tree’ (a device for preserving the shape of the shoe).  These instruments are also made from wood – but there the similarity ends.  What intrigues me about all these shoes is how they have managed to display them all, securing them into what looks like a very tall tree.  Were they all done by the same person or individuals?  Are there any pairs of shoes in there – or are they all odd?

odd or paired?

It’s strange to think of all these shoes baking away in Nevada in the summer and frozen in the winter,  though no stranger than the shoes or other objects preserved by water at famous prophetess Mother Shipton ‘s petrifying well in Knaresborough Yorkshire

the Hanging Well

This is one of England’s  oldest visiting attraction (1630). The magical qualities of the water preserve by petrification the objects (including shoes) which are displayed.

Mother Shipton (Ursula Southill) herself was said to have been born in a nearby cave and prophesied many happenings.  Her prophesies took the form of poems, but there is still some debate about her authorship.

Mother Shipton's cave, said to be her birthplace

 The Hanging well (as it is known locally) still displays two petrified hats – a bonnet and a top hat which were left by a couple on their way to York races in 1854.  I have visited Knaresborough a few times.  It is a delightful and picturesque historical market town and dates from around Norman times.  Among the attractions is The House in the Rock (which we went into many years ago).  Next door to that is a chapel that dates from the Middle ages also set into the rock.  I have photographs, of the hanging well, Mother Shipton’s cave and from inside House in the Rock.  I shall do another post about House in the Rock when I find my pictures 🙂

Info from here

images from here   and here  and also here   Mother Shpton’s own website  Thanks also to this site  for the shoe tree images

A postcard from Yorkshire

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , on May 4, 2010 by echostains

We’re always going off to Haworth, (famous for being the home of the Bronte family).  Nothing much changes in Haworth.  We’ve even stayed there a few times, at the bottom of the hill in a 16th century hotel called Haworth Old Hall.  One time, a bat flew in to the bedroom – so I bit it, and it soon flew away…I AM joking, but not about the bat visit.  Here’s a little slide show I’ve put together using some of our photo’s including York.  This time I have not overladen the slide show with images – so I’m hoping the page will load easier than last time 🙂

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Haworth Old Hall, read about it here

Just a Short Note Away……

Posted in WATCHED with tags , , on May 31, 2009 by echostains

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Well, just a shortie post as I’m off to work soon.  Britains’ Got Talent  final will be on tonight and may the BEST one win.  Hopefully it will be the one with the most TALENT and not the one with the best STORY…….  I live in hope that the times they are a changing.

haworth main street with vintage car

haworth main street with vintage car


Here’s one place which never changes. I came across this photo taken recently in Haworth.  The village celebrated its 60th anniversary of V.E. Day on May 8th, so perhaps this was a practise run.  Read more about the day here

Recently read: ‘The Bronte’s Haworth’ The place and the people the Bronte’s knew by S. R. Whitehead

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, BRONTE BITES with tags , , , on May 6, 2009 by echostains



I bought this book on my recent visit to Haworth.  I got it from the Parsonage Museum shop where there are copious amounts of Bronte books, new ones are coming out all the time and it’s hard to keep track of them.

This book one deals with the Bronte’s relationship with their village,the people who lived there and the Bronte’s  own place in the community.  The book has some old pictures which I’ve never seen before.  It is well written and informative and sets the famous writers in context to their environment.  It is a short book, (just over 150 pages or so), but it is well worth reading to get the idea of the environment the Brontes lived and ultimately died in and the history of the Church and village in its moorland setting.  If going to visit, then this book is  a must.