'God With Us' in Easingwold
This appears above the front door of a house on Spring Street in Easingwold, a small market town between York and Thirsk. It's a wonderful place to walk round - lots to discover, of which this is perhaps the gem.
According to a local history . 'God With Us' was the slogan of the Parliament's army at the battle of Marston Moor in July 1644. It worked - they won (the battle and the war, though in the longer term, of course, the monarchy bounced back).
This history speculates that the inscription was placed on the home of a veteran of that victory. It may well no longer be in the spot where it was first installed, but it's survived - and continues to catch the attention and curiosity of all who pass.
A little more than 200 years later another to-the-point inscription appeared in Easingwold, over a school which is now the library. The message to the pupils was, as you will see, fairly blunt - the sandstone is starting to wear, but you can still make out the instruction: 'Learn or Leave':
There's a wealth of wonderful architecture in Easingwold's market square and around - more 2* than 1, but the collective effect is inspiring. The square still has four pubs - the George being the grandest, but all apparently doing well. It has the smallest and most hidden-away music shop I've ever come across, in a garden shed up a footpath at the side of the post office. It's called Tempo - and yes, I was the only customer when I called, apart from someone who was keeping the shopkeeper (I suspect from the big band era) company. I bought an ultra-modern title compared to much of the stock, 'Music from the Summer of Love', which with an (unsought) discount for cash cost me about the price of a pint of Theakstons at the just-done-up Commercial round the corner.
On the outskirts of what is not at all a large town, there are some stand-out buildings - such as the one below, once the local workhouse, and (according to the same local history) brought into service during the First World War to house German prisoners of war:
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