Anatomy of a forester, Day 3

The feast of St Jude, a first century apostle who, with St Simon, preached in Persia where they were both martyred. He is the patron saint of lost causes. Not as obscure as his namesake.


Unlike Jude I live in Yorkshire, England.  The county of broad acres. The’re more acres in Yorkshire than there are words in t’bible,  it says here (Have you counted them? -Ed).

map Yrks

OK, The Bible’s exact word count depends on who is doing the tallying, but multiple sources put the King James version at around 788,000 words or more. And “The number of acres covered by Yorkshire is more than the number of letters in the King James Bible.” – The Yorkshire Ridings Society.  Not too difficult – 26 or so letters in King James unless there are a few odd Greek and Hebrew letters kicking about in there. So just how many acres are there in Yorkshire? Well, popular sites quote 3.9M but Vision of Britain puts the figure at 3,671,800 for the ancient administrative area of Yorkshire in the 1831 census, way more than the words in James’ bible.  Mind you the Vision of Britain site says Yorkshire was abolished in 1889 – that one had escaped me!  Supposed to be 3,566,840 letters in the bible (slightly extended alphabet) according to but they are not quoting a source.  Those figures give 4.5 letters per word which doesn’t sound unreasonable. The Guttenberg text version has 824,149 words and 4,251,622 letters, but that probably includes all the verse numbers!

There’s an interesting database of pictures, one per kilometer square here: the Geograph Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike project.

I also live in Craven.  The area now known as ‘Craven’ was once part of a much larger area that was in existence from post-Roman times onward – indeed it may have been one of a number of similar local ‘kingdoms’ scattered throughout the country – and in Domesday Book the whole area was referred to as ‘Cravescire.’ Hence we have various remnants of that historic district – various villages that proudly call themselves Thronton in Craven, Sutton in Craven, and then the excellent Craven Arms pub,  here are the said arms: Craven Arms 010In the 16th century William Craven was born to a pauper’s family in Appletreewick (where the pub is). The Rector of Burnsall found him a job in London, and he travelled by cart to London where he rapidly worked his way up through his employers’ firm, eventually taking it over, making his fortune, and finally becoming Lord Mayor of London.  On his return to Appletreewick he enlarged the High Hall, made the road from Appletreewick to Burnsall, built Burnsall Bridge,

English: Burnsall Bridge, Wharfedale, Yorkshir...

English: Burnsall Bridge, Wharfedale, Yorkshire This bridge carries a minor metalled lane leading to Appletreewick and Parceval Hall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

built Burnsall School, and repaired St Wilfrids church.

We are also withing the historic wapentake of Staincliffe.

Just to add a silly modern confusion, our postal address is Farnhill, Keighley, West Yorkshire, even though we live about a mile within the borders of North Yorkshire, and pay taxes to North Yorkshire. Doh!