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The Strid

The Strid

Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell (1826 - 1902)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: 10358.bbb.23

Item number: Front Cover

Length: 7.3

Width: 6.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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In his book 'The Ruined Abbeys of Yorkshire' William Howitt describes Bolton Priory and the myths and traditions associated with the surrounding countryside. The cover is illustrated with a photograph of the Strid by Russell Sedgfield where "the young Lord of Egremont, who, ranging the woods of Bolton, with his greyhounds and huntsmen, and coming to the narrow passage where the river pent up rages through in fury, leaped, but having a greyhound in a leash, and she a puppy at her heels, the dog hung back, and he was plucked backward, fell in and perished."

Howitt quotes at length from William Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Force of Prayer' which celebrates this legend.

Text by William Howitt from his book 'The Ruined Abbeys of Yorkshire'

This is one of four photographs by Russell Sedgfield published in this re-issue of part of 'The Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain' (1862).

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