markerstones for the millennium

Drawing of seat at Roughwood Hollow

Reflection on site 1

Some 20 or more years ago, a few years after moving to the Square House in Middleton, I read a little about the Bateman family. Soon after, my stepmother Barbara asked for quotations for her needlework samplers. I'd been struck by a line from Eugenie Bateman, "in quietness and confidence shall be your strength", which she used. It also suited the SoM site, being personal; connected with Middleton's most famous family; and of some relevance to the seat in the wall at the top of a steep footpath up from the dale. Also, Emma Youatt had secured that route as a public footpath. Later we found that Eugenie had taken the line from the bible. - John Youatt