|I always enjoy Sheila's talks, knowing that they will be well-presented, well-researched and nicely illustrated. She also has a knack of refusing to jump to conclusions, preferring to weigh her evidence scientifically. Her talk on the Bloody Wall led us to consider the possible origins of this local name for a stretch of ordinary-seeming boundary wall between Crackpot Moor and Satron Moor. Various theories exist in Dales folklore and in local history records. Was there a murder associated with a local land dispute? Did a Scots raiding party kidnap a local girl and force her to wear plaid, resulting in her being accidentally killed by a member of her family? Is it named after a local family called Bladys (later morphed into Blades)? What is the connection with the "Bloody Vale" that adjoins it?
During lockdown, SWAAG members have formed a small online focus group to look more closely at this, bringing expertise on the geology of the site, the possible etymology of the name and the lichens growing on the surface of the wall. There was a lively discussion after Sheila's talk and this may be a theme we will return to.