|Record of the death of John Smith, Salt officer, 1730.|
With the help of Churchwarden, Anna Bagley, we were able to find the record dated March 17th,, 1730 listing the death of John Smith of Birkby, a customs officer based in the area. A tomb in the graveyard was also erected to John Smith which includes a unique carved stone panel showing him working, at his desk. It is located close to the south door of the church.
The church is well worth a visit by anyone interested in getting close to a specific person directly involved in the local salt industry.
The Church Open Day was also an important event to draw attention to the fundraising that is needed to secure the care and maintenance of the church, which needs conservation work to its roof and stained glass windows.
|Tomb of John Smith.|
St John the Evangelist, Crosscanonby.
|St John the Evangelist|
|Interior, St John the Evangelist, Crosscanonby.|
In order to protect the Salt pans, emergency work included building a wooden palisade around the most affected part of the site. Over 2,000 tonnes of material from nearby Crosscanonby Carr nature reserve were used in the process. Today, the site remains intact, although under constant threat from the tides.
Croscannonby CofE Primary School