A TREACLE MINE IN YORKSHIRE!
After many hours of intense research, I find myself the extreme state of frustration that, many before me, on the same quest, must have experienced in the past. Indeed one must spare a thought for those poor souls who have tried to uncover, what must be one of the worlds best kept secrets of all time.
THE FAMOUS PUDSEY TREACLE MINES
The history of the Pudsey Treacle goes back into time immemorial; back into the distant ages when the earth had just evolved from the swirling mists of archaic originations, aye before Genesis.
When fishes flew and forests walked, yes, even before the birth of Tubal Caine. In the very beginning it is certain that TREACLE was one of the vital ingredients in the formation of the earth; how it came to be missed from the list of basic elements known today, also remains a great mystery.
However, the source of the Pudsey Treacle Mines is still a closely guarded secret, known only to the chosen few who are born and bred within the confines of the Pudsey boundaries. Certain selected Off-Cumdems may be admitted to that special group and let into the secret of the mines, but this is rare.
Off-Cumdens are Yorkshire born outsiders, who become domiciled there to live and work and who have been resident for a minimum of seventy years and have brought good service and wisdom onto the community.
From times past, numbered amongst these associates,
were a select few from the famous and ancient Pudsey Settlement
of the MORAVIANS, and as far as I can ascertain, were/are the
latest known incumbents into Pudsey Treacle. They are know to
have had close association with the Cistercian monks at the nearby
KIRSTALL ABBEY and I suspect that there was a tributary of treacle
from the main source at Pudsey running through the abbey. The
monks developed the practice of
The Moravians were founded in Bohemia, a province of Czechoslovakia. the Church of the United Brethren had been established in 1457 by the followers of one John Huss, a staunch Protestant, who was put to death for his beliefs by the Roman Catholics who condemned him as a heretic. He was arrested at the Council of Constance, tried and sentenced on July 15th 1415 and burned to death on the following day.
When the church was re-established and renewed in Saxony in 1722 under the leadership of Count Zizendorf, many of the early members were refugees from Moravia, hence the name. Missionaries were being sent out as early as 1732, hence their advent into Pudsey. They brought with them many customs and skills and I strongly suspect that the use of treacle, in their culinary skills, was paramount.
In 1743/44, Benjamin Ingham bought the twenty-two
acre estate on the south of Pudsey, leasing it to the Moravians
as a centre for their work in Yorkshire. Immediately, the set
about building a traditional settlement centred around the church.
I have a strong
In my research, I met with a reluctance to
any hint of open publicity on the whereabouts of ancient treacle
mines; indeed the clandestine atmosphere with which my questions
were greeted, when people were approached, was
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