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Richmond and Swaledale: An illustrated visit to a beautiful dale

 

About this book:

  • ISBN: 978-1-910237-34-2

  • Available early December 2017

  • Price £18.00 + postage

  • 152 pages
  • Illustrated with 212 colour photographs and paintings

 

About this book:

THE original and ancient township of Richmond in North Yorkshire has a unique beauty, which has inspired artists of both colour and word for centuries. Its history spans nearly ten of those centuries and its story is told clearly by its magnificent castle; in its streets, its museums, architecture, monuments and its wonderful location.
The Norman town sits solidly above the River Swale at the entrance to Swaledale; the most northerly of the dales comprising the North Yorkshire National Park. This dale, and its twin Arkengarthdale, which branches off to meet the North Pennine Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the northernmost dale of the national park and is perhaps the most unspoilt of any of the North Yorkshire dales.
Wild and narrow, Swaledale was formed and is drained, by the River Swale; and still illustrates the enormous power of the post-glacial period. The dale has been settled for thousands of years, a fact which can be seen from the many remains of Neolithic, Bronze-Age, Iron-Age and Romano-British settlements situated along its length.
The area suffered with the ‘Harrying of the North’ a series of campaigns waged by William the Conqueror in the winter of 1069-70 to subjugate northern England. The presence of the last Wessex claimant, Edgar Atheling, had encouraged Anglo-Danish rebellions that for a time broke the Norman hold on the northern counties.
The mineral wealth of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale gradually promoted its re-occupation; mining and farming thereafter invigorated its growth. Its many small villages and the miles of easily accessible footpaths together with the abounding beauty of these dales, attracts scores of tourists annually and the area has become internationally famous.
This book attempts to capture and illustrate the beauty of this northern treasure with over 200 colour original photographs and paintings.

The Author:
PETER Moppett was an Electrical Engineer for most of his working life, starting as a research assistant, working on radar pulse development and wind tunnel design, before experiencing a little over two years as a rather elderly, four years deferred, National Serviceman, serving with the Royal Corps of Signals. During which time, he met, Mary, his wife of 55 years.
Continuing his career after Army service, he specialised in the design of power distribution and control systems for ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgical smelting plants, which took him to several different countries, before settling into a totally different career as a senior Local Government Officer.
Peter has always shown a passion for photography and landscape art and since retirement to North Yorkshire has developed some skill as a digital painter, activities which he has combined in the production of this book.

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