A Walk from Richmond to Easby Abbey, Medieval Wall Paintings and the Little Drummer Boy

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Please enjoy this wonderful post from John Bainbridge.

Country Ways

Once upon a time there was a little drummer boy, stationed with his regiment at Richmond Castle (that’s the Yorkshire Richmond, by the way, not the one by the Thames). Some of his fellow soldiers found a tunnel in the castle and, as the drummer boy was small, sent him to explore its length, beating his drum so that his comrades, walking above, would know where he was.

Easby Abbey

They followed the sound of his drumming across the town square and down to the banks of the River Swale. About halfway to Easby Abbey the drumming stopped. The little drummer boy was never seen again. There’s a monument making the place where the sounds of his drumming stopped.

Memorial to a Little Drummer Boy

A sad little yarn, which we contemplated as we walked through the trees above the Swale on our way to Easby Abbey. Not a very…

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