The Victorian funeral bier was found in the cellar of Kirkbymoorside Library and as the cellar frequently flooded it's condition was extremely poor. Last used during the 1930's, dated by Robin Butler who has vague memories of following it at a funeral , it lay almost forgotten until salvaged in 2008 by Museum Trustee Tony Clark and brought,with the Town Council's permission to the workshop of the Ryedale Folk Museum
CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
Recently a visitor offered another possible explanation of it's operation.His suggestion was that the coffin would not have been carried directly on the wheeled cart as the cobbled streets would provide a very bumpy ride , the coffin would have been suspended on leather straps fastened around what we assumed to be carrying handles on the upper frame.We would appreciate any other ideas .
BIER UNDER RECONSTRUCTION