A Visit to Heysham
I’m hoping that “Rock-Hewn Graves and Nettle Tea Bags” is the only post in the whole of cyberspace with this title.
If it is then that should make it especially OddBall for Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge this week.
Why am I thinking of an unused title? No particular reason other than how many combinations of words can there be? And will we ever run out? Probably not in my lifetime!
The graves and the tea bags are closely connected as we saw both of them within half an hour of arriving in Heysham on a day-trip last year. It’s only 40 minutes up the road.
Heysham is a large coastal village on the Lancashire coast. Whilst it is a ferry port for ships to Ireland and the Isle of Man, and has a nuclear power station nearby, the old part of the village is very quaint and set apart from the newer developments. It could be the setting for a 1950’s TV drama.
Around St Patrick’s Chapel are the remains of eight rock-cut graves hewn from the headland, several of which are body shaped and have rock-cut sockets, possibly for wooden crosses. It is thought that the graves were created around the eleventh century and were used for burying very high-status individuals Heysham Coast, National Trust–
In googling these graves I’ve found various theories about when they were built and who they were for.
Some experts suggest that they are too small for corpses and perhaps held bones and artefacts. They can’t be carbon dated as there were no trace elements in or around.
Nettle Tea Bags
I also googled “Nettle Tea, Heysham” and was totally surprised to find that it’s fame has spread around the world.
I knew that it was a localised speciality, but since the owner of Bells Cottage Tea Rooms had the idea of putting it into bags its sales have gone from strength to strength (pun intended).
This charmingly old-fashioned advert was outside the tea-room.
It’s only in looking for oddities in my archives for this post, and doing a bit of research, that I’ve discovered this worldwide thirst for nettle tea !
Had I known that it was so internationally sought after I might have been tempted to try some.
I definitely will next visit. Perhaps along with a “Hidgy-Pidgy” scone. “Hidgy-Pidgy” is an old name for nettle. Yes the cheese scones have nettles in them too!
Hmmmm….I wonder if Granny Bell also makes ice-cream……..