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is a hamlet
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in North Yorkshire
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. It is in the civil parish
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and is located alongside Great Fryup Beck in the Great Fryup Dale. It may be found at .
Fryup is separated into two small valleys or 'dales' these are called, Great Fryup Dale and Little Fryup Dale. Most people live in Great Fryup Dale, with Little Fryup only having 8 or 9 farms and cottages. Great Fryup doesn't have any shops or even a pub, there is a phone box, post box and Village hall. There is also a local cricket pitch and Quoits
Quoits is a traditional game which involves the throwing of metal, rope or rubber rings over a set distance, usually to land over or near a spike . The sport of quoits encompasses several distinct variations.-The history of quoits:The history of quoits is disputed...
An old woman at Fryup was well known locally for keeping the “Mark’s e’en watch” (24 April), as she lived alongside a corpse road
Corpse roads provided a practical means for transporting corpses, often from remote communities, to cemeteries that had burial rights, such as parish churches and chapels of ease...
known as the “Old Hell Road”. In this, a village seer would hold a vigil between 11 pm and 1 am, in order to look for the wraiths of those who would die in the following 12-month period.
The curious name of Fryup probably comes from the Old English *Frige-hop
: Frige was an Anglo-Saxon goddess cognate with the Old Norse goddess Frigg
Frigg is a major goddess in Norse paganism, a subset of Germanic paganism. She is said to be the wife of Odin, and is the "foremost among the goddesses" and the queen of Asgard. Frigg appears primarily in Norse mythological stories as a wife and a mother. She is also described as having the power...
denoted a small valley.