The disappearance of Lead

After almost scoring a bull’s eye this morning

at the monthly Towton Battlefield Society longbow practice, we took a walk across the field to a medieval church I had noticed from the window of the pub which kindly lets us practise archery.

In the event, the church was ‘just like any other church’ in the words of my daughter, although it wasn’t really quite like a functioning one. Clearly, an abandoned monument is hardly going to have flowers or cushions or prayer books in it – at least for very long. At the same time, I was pleased that there didn’t appear to be signs of vandalism.

The church is in fact the only building remaining from the village of Lead. How different therefore the fields pictured above must have looked in medieval times!

There are actually a number of walks around the fields in this vicinity and we had to stop shooting a number of times for walkers nearby. Our arrows may be made of carbon steel rather than yew but that doesn’t make them less deadly. I am baffled though as to the attraction of what to me is an empty landscape.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to The disappearance of Lead

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    It’s flat so you can claim to have walked miles with less effort. Actually I am a big fan of the empty landscape- I like Wallander for the scenery! So glad the church is surviving.

    • Helen says:

      Never thought of the advantages of a flat landscape in that capacity 😊. My guess is the walkers are local and are getting a bit of exercise before going to the pub. I’ve not watched Wallander – just read the books, which I’ve enjoyed very much.

  2. gaiainaction says:

    This flat landscape suits me too, that’s what I would have been used to growing up, it’s great you can see very far and walking is easy 🙂 Looks like you had an enjoyable morning Helen.

  3. So pleased to see the Archery Butts 🙂

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