Adventures around Goodmanham, Near Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.
When we trooped through Goodmanham on a recent Justbod field trip, we had no idea how much interesting history had occurred in this beautiful village. It was only when we got back and started researching that we realised that Goodmanham is a truly ancient site, where big events had occurred in the past.
In Saxon times the village was the location of one of the main pagan religious sites of Anglo Saxon Northumbria (at this time it was an enormous kingdom stretching from the Humber to the Firth of Forth, and Westwards all the way to the Isle of Man.)
It is believed that All Hallows Church now stands on the very site of this ancient temple, originally a pagan shrine.
A beautiful church, sited on a raised knoll in the centre of the village, we only had time to view the outside, as it was locked and we didn't have sufficient time to get the key from the pub with the remaining daylight that we had left to complete the trip. We will have to go back someday, especially in the light of all that we have learnt.
I think the bird in the poem is a reference to the speech made at the conversion of Edwin, reported by Bede, where the parallel is drawn between a person's journey through life and the flight of a swallow, entering a great hall through a window, finding comfort momentarily in light and warmth, before flying out the other side, into darkness.
Here's the text from Bede:
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