Nell the Sheepdog had a theory about why Squire Barry built a pigsty in the shape of a Grecian temple.
In her film ‘Nell’s Curious Yorkshire’, she visited the Landmark Trust property, and remembered that superstitious local fishermen, who thought that pigs were unlucky, used the euphemism ‘Grecians’ to describe them.
A little research shows that ‘gris’ is the Norwegian for ‘pig’ — if fact, the Norwegians use the word for the ‘pigtail’ @ symbol in email addresses — and it’s fair to assume that the fishermen were using a word from the Viking-invader past.
So, as Nell said, “It was a Grecian Temple for Grecians!”
Graeme Aldous, Moorsholm