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Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017
Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census.
From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ??? who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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Check the programme of film screenings by visiting the Hampsthwaite Picture House website. Films screened at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.
Come along and enjoy an evening with family and friends sat at our convivial, candle-lit tables with refreshments, 'nibbles', food and bar as appropriate to the film being shown.
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In common with thousands of towns and villages throughout the country, Hampsthwaite has its memorial to the dead of the two World Wars. The memorial cross (pictured above) stands at the eastern edge of the parish churchyard and records the names of sixteen local men who died during armed service in the war of 1914-1918 and a further six casualties of World War II. Those names are also recorded on the plaque mounted in the foyer of the Memorial Hall in Hollins Lane.
Each year, on Remembrance Sunday, a commemorative service is held in front of the memorial cross and service personnel from the nearby Army Foundation College are often in attendance. The service invokes, of course, the memory and deeds of all those affected by the conflicts but, particularly, those servicemen from the village and its surroundings who lost their lives. With the help of information from Margaret Power at North Yorkshire Libraries (Harrogate) this article seeks to add something to the memory of those men by recording what is known about their service and connection to the village.
Click on each of the names below to read about them.
On Remembrance Sunday, 2011, and on the preceding day, the parish church hosted an exhibition of the short biographies contained on this website. During the following days the display was moved to the village school and then to the village Memorial Hall. Thus, the attention of many members of the public was drawn to the information now available about the men commemorated on the War Memorial. It is to be hoped that yet more facts and photographs will emerge in the future.
On that Remembrance Sunday the customary service in the parish church included a procession to the Memorial where, after the sounding of ”The Last Post”, the names of those inscribed on the Memorial were read aloud with added significance. The large congregation was pleased to welcome the usual contingent of soldiers from the nearby Army Foundation College who shared in laying wreaths at the foot of the Memorial Cross.