Leven gorge, Kildale

A rather dull and murky walk home from Kildale. The estate have been opening up the gorge, yet further restricting access to the river and waterfall.

Today, 19th October, 1536 is the day Henry VIII got tough on those who took part in the Pilgrimage of Grace. In a letter to the Duke of Suffolk, he wrote1theanneboleynfiles (2015). October 1536 – The Pilgrimage of Grace – The Anne Boleyn Files. [online] The Anne Boleyn Files. Available at: https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/october-1536-pilgrimage-grace/ [Accessed 19 Oct. 2021].:

“You are to use all dexterity in getting the harness and weapons of the said rebels brought in to Lincoln or other sure places, and cause all the boats on the Humber or means of passage into Yorkshire to be taken up. After this, if it appear to you by due proof that the rebels have since their retires from Lincoln attempted any new rebellion, you shall, with your forces run upon them and with all extremity ‘destroy, burn, and kill man, woman, and child the terrible example of all others, and specially the town of Louth because to this rebellion took his beginning in the same.’ We have sent you this day a good sum of money, and will send more as required.”

But in January 1537, after the King had reneged on his promises, a new rebellion led by Sir Francis Bigod erupted and which involved Sir Thomas Percy, whose lands included the manor of Kildale. One of Thomas’s grievances was that his brother, the sixth Earl of Northumberland, was ailing and childless, and the government was manipulating him in order to acquire the Percy patrimony2Bush, M. L. “The Pilgrimage of Grace: A Study of the Rebel Armies of October 1536”. Page 187. Manchester University Press, 1996. [online] Available at: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=kma7AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA206&lpg=PA206&dq=%22pilgrimage+of+grace%22+%22kildale%22&source=bl&ots=qJF9u77n4p&sig=ACfU3U0LUK2FTVtquFHFin_FmqOnD-Y8Mw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiKwJTyhNbzAhWDUMAKHZpyDREQ6AF6BAgSEAM#v=onepage&q=%22kildale%22&f=false [Accessed 19 Oct. 2021].. But the rebellion failed and Sir Thomas ended up being hung, drawn and quartered for treason3Wikipedia Contributors (2021). Thomas Percy (Pilgrimage of Grace). [online] Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Percy_(Pilgrimage_of_Grace) [Accessed 19 Oct. 2021]..

There is no way of telling for sure of course but it is likely that some of the Kildale folk, as Sir Thomas’s tenants, would have joined him in support either in duty or in reverence to the Percy name4Bush, M. L. “The Pilgrimage of Grace: A Study of the Rebel Armies of October 1536”. Page 206.  Manchester University Press, 1996. [online] Available at: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=kma7AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA206&lpg=PA206&dq=%22pilgrimage+of+grace%22+%22kildale%22&source=bl&ots=qJF9u77n4p&sig=ACfU3U0LUK2FTVtquFHFin_FmqOnD-Y8Mw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiKwJTyhNbzAhWDUMAKHZpyDREQ6AF6BAgSEAM#v=onepage&q=%22kildale%22&f=false [Accessed 19 Oct. 2021]..

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