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The Villages of the Yorkshire Wolds

Harpham

The Village is visible from the busy A166 which passes by about a mile away. The Church spire and other roof tops can be seen but the hustle and bustle which passes by cannot stir the peace of this tranquil Wolds Village.

Harpham is steeped in history. Here is the sight of the Ancient Manor of Harpham which is now only mounds and ridges in the land of the church fields. It is from here that the Drummer Boy legend originates. It is said that St Quintin, The Lord of the Manor, was watching his soldiers in archery practice when in a sudden movement he caught his Drummer Boy who was standing at his side. The boy lost his balance and feel down the well and drown. Legend has it that the sound of his drums can be heard from the well whenever a member of the Quintin family is about to depart this earth!

TheVillage is also famous for the Well of St John. St John was born in Harpham and educated at Whitby Monastery. He became the Bishop of Hexham and later the Bishop of York in 705 AD. Shortly before his death he founded a Christian fellowship in Beverley and there is a tomb in Beverley Minster in his memory. St John is the patron saint of the deaf and dumb throughout the world.

The well, famous for the healing powers in the water, is found on the outskirts of the village and is decorated by local school children on the nearest Tuesday to the 7th May each year.(St John of Beverley’s day). The choir of Beverley Minster hold a memorial service and walk in their gowns from the Church down to the well.

The Church of St John of Beverley is a small Church but attracts many visitors each year. It is of Norman era and built in stone. It has been repaired during the years with brick, evidence of this can be seen in the nave and the clock tower.

The Harpham and Lowthorpe Village Hall was built in 1933 and remains in use by the local people. The village once had a reading room which has since disappeared and the local school closed in 1967 and has since been converted into a private dwelling.
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