Rothwell Church

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Rothwell Church

Richard Bell’s Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Tuesday, 25th November 2008

 

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Rothwell Church
Cows

THE TOWER of Rothwell Church dates from the 15th century. John Blenkinsop, who built the first commercial railway locomotive, which first ran at Hunslet Moor, a few miles away was buried in the churchyard in 1831.

 

A 1940s guide says of Rothwell ‘The collieries have made it drab . . . The embattled church stands by an old pit-head, the coal now being brought up a mile away.’

 

As you can see from my drawing, it stands in a leafy post-industrial setting now. A new Morrisons supermarket is being built nearby.

These are drawings for my walks booklet which I’m doing from photographs that I took when we were checking out the walks in the summer. It’s taken me so long to draw them that I wonder if it would have been just as quick to go back and work on location.

 

But it’s not the best time of year for that. It’s been good to have a reminder of warmer days; in my picture of the cows the hawthorn blossom was just starting to come out.