The requirement for parishioners’ bodies to be laid to rest in the consecrated ground of their mother church meant long and sometimes arduous earthly journeys before the deceased could be properly released into their afterlife destination, especially in parishes with large rural hinterlands, like Halifax and its first chapel of ease, Heptonstall. Certain routes became established and such corpseways were hedged round with custom and lore. Is it possible to retrace some of these routes in the upper Calder valley? John Billingsley had a go during the lockdowns, and in this talk gives a background to the topic and some local routes.
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