Greenhow Botton

This north facing dale is locally known as Midnight Corner supposedly because the sun never shines in the depths of winter on account of the steep valley sides. But the name more than likely comes the name of the farm in the photo, Midnight Farm, which in the 1850s had the slightly more upmarket name of Midnight House. There was also a Midnight Wood nearby, but this has been absorbed now into the forestry commission plantation along the dale side. Bill Cowley in his book of the Lyke Wake Walk records the tale of a Methodist preacher visiting Ingleby being told that the next service was on Sunday at Midnight.

The correct name though is Greenhow Botton. It comes from the Scandinavian word botn meaning the head of lake or dale. A similar word is used in modern Icelandic.


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