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Elbolton

On the top or horizon of this photograph can be partly seen the knoll called Elbolton
These hills, of which there are one or two around this part of the world, were formed millions of years ago, when the area was under the sea. It consist of mainly limestone, which itself was formed over millions of years by animals and crustations falling to the bottom of the sea. The name Elbolton is a surprising one, and strikes of Spanish origins, although it is though to have originated from the Bolton family.
At the top of the playing field in this photo, a limestone wall separates the field above. This field was used to play in and explore, until being declared ‘Out Of Bounds’. By this wall was a small pond that was fed by a stream, emanating from a supposed pot hole just over the wall. It was rumoured that this was indeed a small pothole, of which there are a great many in Upper Wharfedale, and was actually discovered by a Linton boy, with the entrance filled in and made safe. A group of us inquisitive chaps, attempted to either prove, or dispel this story. We would dig out the stones and debris in an attempt to find our way into the pot hole, and we would also place coloured water at various points, where water disappeared into soak aways, further up the hill. Nothing ever came of it of course, and the pond, which was full of life, particularly newts, was during one holiday, filled in, and the field was declared ‘Out Of Bounds’.
The field was pockmarked with what again we thought was filled in potholes, but most probably were pits used for mining, certainly, Elbolton is full of these small dents. There were many lead mines in this part of the world.