Lythe Church and Viking hogsback tombstones.

Just north of Whitby, quite close to where I live, is a little church. It stands on the site of an ancient church that might even predate St. Hilda’s Christian settlement now occupied by Whitby Abbey.
It has taken me years to get around to paying a visit to see the famous Viking gravestones. But lately I’ve put that right.

The Green Man of Lythe church.

The green man of the woods – we don’t know what he is doing here in a Christian sanctuary.

Hogsback tombstone

The maker.

Loftus and Sandsend beach.

Here are a couple of these hogsbacks – they are found in other old churches on this coast. Also, artists impressions of the makers (our forebears) and our shore in the days before after-shave.

About Harry Nicholson

I once bred Beveren rabbits in all colours. Today, I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. On Amazon is my novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' Recently I published memoirs of my time in the Merchant Navy: 'The Best of Days' and 'You'll See Wonders" I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:
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2 Responses to Lythe Church and Viking hogsback tombstones.

  1. ChrisJ says:

    Hi Harry, do you think the village of Lythe has anything to do with Robin Lythe who has a very large cave named after him at the North Landing, Flamborough? I rewrote Blackmore’s book, “Mary Anerley” which features Robin Lythe. I called my version “the Tale of Robin Lyth. I have been trying to find out if Robin Lythe was a real person. Was the cave named after the character in the book or did Blackmore take the name from the cave for his character?

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