Forest of Galtres’ roots stretched far and wide

DEE BOYLE (Letters, January 31) might be interested to know that the Forest of Galtres used to cover a large area from Crayke in the north right down to Bootham Bar in York.

Rawcliffe, where this year’s festival may take place, was deep within the ancient forest. Nearby Huntington, as the name suggests, was a settlement for boar hunting in the forest.

The old York name “Eboracum” means “refuge from wild boar” – the city walls weren’t just for keeping people out.

You used to have to pay a toll to enter the forest, for which you got a guide designed to help keep you safe from robbers and wild beasts.

At Galtres Festival, we get our own back with a hog roast.

We also put money towards tree planting, as a gesture towards the great forest which gives our event its name. From oak pillars in the Guildhall to windows in York Minster, the legacy of Galtres Forest is deeply embedded in our city.

The annual festival celebrates the modern-day vibrancy and talent of York and its citizens.

James Houston, Galtres Festival director.

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4:44pm Mon 4 Feb 13

jamesh8827 says...

Apparently Tollerton is so named as it was a western toll point into the Forest.
Apparently Tollerton is so named as it was a western toll point into the Forest. jamesh8827

2:09am Tue 5 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

So that's why there's a Galtress Grove just off the A19 in Rawcliffe.

I like letters with information like this in as finding out history about where I live is quite useful.
So that's why there's a Galtress Grove just off the A19 in Rawcliffe. I like letters with information like this in as finding out history about where I live is quite useful. Magicman!

9:49am Tue 5 Feb 13

Firedrake says...

According to Shakespeare, Archbishop Scrope got lost in it ... which, considering it was effectively his back garden is quite remarkable.
(Henry IV).
According to Shakespeare, Archbishop Scrope got lost in it ... which, considering it was effectively his back garden is quite remarkable. (Henry IV). Firedrake

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