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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Bishop Jenkins is an
    Bishop Jenkins is an interesting figure.  On 6 July 1984, three days after Bishop Jenkins was consecrated, York Minster was hit by a lightening strike and set on fire. Apparently some people thought this was God showing his displeasure with the appointment. He remained in office until 1994. He was the first Church of England clergyman to bless the civil partnership of a homosexual couple and in 2006 was banned from preaching in some churches after swearing in a sermon.

  2. Red Don says:

    A group of volunteers are
    A group of volunteers are attempting to help save Sockburn Hall falling into disrepair.  Please visit their website

  3. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Sockburn

    The river Tees, separating Yorkshire from Durham, is crossed at Croft by one of the principal bridges which connect the two counties.   The owner of the manor of Sockburn, held under the bishopric of Durham, is said to be required, by the terms of his feudal tenure, to meet every new bishop of that see upon the centre of this bridge, and there present before him an ancient sword, at the same time repeating these words: “My Lord Bishop, I here present before you the falchion wherewith the champion Conyers slew the worm-dragon, or fiery flying serpent, which destroyed man, woman, and child, in memory of which the king then reigning gave him the manor of Sockburn to hold by this tenure, that upon the first entrance of every bishop of Durham into the county, this falchion should be presented.” Upon which the bishop is supposed to take the weapon into his hand, and then immediately return it, wishing the Lord of Sockburn health and long enjoyment of his manor. For the above, the writer is entirely indebted to a paper, entitled ‘Serpent Legends of Yorkshire’, in the Leisure Hour for May, 1878.
    [‘Yorkshire Legends and Traditions’ by Rev Thomas Parkinson (1888)]