Sunday, April 23, 2006

Harrogate Stray and Beckwith, Yorkshire in the news

Harrogate Stray and Beckwith, Yorkshire in the news

Once part of a belt of common land that separated embryo Harrogate from the much older communities of Beckwith and Rossett, the Stray took its present form in the 1770s when it was declared with legal support “that it should remain ever hereafter open and unenclosed”.

Resurrecting a slice of history on The Stray

ONE of Harrogate's most famous celebrations will be re-created to raise
money for charity. In 1887 Samson Fox roasted an ox on the Stray to
celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and next month the tradition will be
repeated when Weetons of West Park host an ox roast as part of the Mayor of
Harrogate’s Inaugural Well to Well Walk.

The walk, taking place on May 7 in memory of the late Rosie Towers, will see the Mayor of Harrogate Coun Caroline Bayliss lead more than 200 walkers re-enacting some of the other
historic occasions that have taken place on the Stray.

Once part of a belt of common land that separated embryo Harrogate from the much older
communities of Beckwith and Rossett, the Stray took its present form in the 1770s when it was declared with legal support “that it should remain ever hereafter open and unenclosed”.

Once home to literally hundreds of sheep, they will return once more thanks to the help of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

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