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    DT Forge exists to promote good craftsmanship in a rich variety of materials, using traditional hand crafting techniques, supplemented by modern tooling and processes. Products range from original designs in high quality materials to artefacts made by sensitive recycling of iconic objects with the aim of extending their lifespan. "Making something out of the ordinary, out of the ordinary”
  • Memorial Hall and COVID-19

    Following Lockdown, Village and Community Halls were able to accommodate indoor sport and exercise, dancing classes and certain other performance-related activity from 25th July 2020.The Memorial Hall Management Committee is taking a steps to qualify the hall as being COVID-19 Secure as follows: We have conducted a Memorial Hall Risk Assessment and made it available to all users. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance We have taken all reasonable steps to help hall users keep safe from COVID-19 We have taken all reasonable steps to help Hirers maintain Social Distancing when using the hall Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have advised Hirers on the mitigating actions they might take to manage transmission risk
  • VE Day 75 - Stay at Home Street Party - 8th May 2020

    Stay at Home Street Party - Decorate your House in Red, White & Blue and enjoy a picnic in your front Garden”.The village was bedecked in red, white and blue bunting (see also a short video taken by resident Charles Charlesworth on the Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall FaceBook page)Teas were prepared by the local coffee shop, Sophie's.With sandwiches, sausage roll, cream scone and Victoria sponge. One recipient later declared it to be “As good as tea at the Ritz”. A VE day quiz was also distributed with each tea.A group of volunteers distributed the teas, one came appropriately dressed in an outfit from the 1940s
  • Frank and Peggy Shuffe - Licensees at the Joiners Arms 1956-1977

    Frank Shuffe, the from 1956, was an English professional footballer who played as a right back for Bradford City and later became trainer at Valley Parade.On leaving football he became manager of the The Prospect Hotel at Ecckeshill, Bradford during October 1953 before moving on to become Landlord of the Joiner's Arms in 1956 Frank died at Harrogate Hospital on 7 February 1973 after a short illness aged 55. Peggy continued on with their son John, a keen sportsman, until she retired in 1978 and moved to live near friends in Scotland  
  • The 'Spanish Flu' - Hampsthwaite 1918

    Milly Hebblethwaite was  a delightful and diligent 14 year old pupil at Hampsthwaite school, who came from a growing family who lived in the Hollins.  The previous year the school had given her a prize for her excellent attendance.  She died of influenza on 10th November, 1918;  This was one day before the end of the ‘War to end wars,’ the first World war.[article by Angela Sansam - June 2020]
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  • UCI Road World Cycling Championships Come Through Hampsthwaite 2019

    Click on the NYCC Interactive Map below to see details of all road closures, parking restrictions, diversions and race timings. Briefly for Hampsthwaite they are as follows:Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 23 Sep 22:00 - 24 Sep 18:30 - Road closed:  08:30 - 17:30 Mens U23 Individual Time Trial due to come through between 10:35 and 12:18 Women Elite Individual Time Trial due to come through between15:07 and 16:35 Saturday 28th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 27 Sep 22:00 - 28 Sep 16:00 - Road closed: 28 Sep 13:40 - 15:00 Publicity Caravan - leaves Ripon at 12.34 so due here around 1.10pm Women Elite Road Race due to come through between14.29 and 14.47 Click on the FanZone image to see full details of the many attractions on Harrogate centre during race week
  • Plans, Layouts and Resources

    Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall can provide facilities and resources for most events and has a good car park with marked spaces for over 50 cars. There is a well-equipped kitchen and catering area with dishwasher, water-heater, micro-wave, Rangemaster Pro induction cooker and ample supplies of crockery, glassware and cutlery. Adjacent to the Kitchen is a Servery with hatchways through to both the Main Hall and Dining Room (or small hall) which can be used as a bar. The Memorial Hall is licenced to sell alcohol. The Main Hall includes a well-equipped stage area and Green Room at one end, with P.A. system, both rear and front projection facilities for DVD, Blu-ray or data, ample stage-lighting, star-cloth, a mirror ball, and can be rigged with a ceiling canopy if needed. The Main Hall can open out into the adjacent Sun Lounge to accommodate larger numbers or as a bar area. The Dining Room, or small hall, is used for meetings, for groups, to place a buffet for example, or as another alternative bar area. There are ample chairs to furnish each of the spaces using either rectangular or circular tables. Table cloths and chair covers are available on request.
  • George Frederick Grimshaw - biography

    George Frederick Grimshaw 20th October 1914 - 17th June 1940
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In Memoriam - H Hainsworth

Herbert Hainsworth

Herbert Hainsworth

Herbert, or Bert as he was probably known, was born in 1916, the son of Wilfred and Robina Hainsworth of Hampsthwaite. He later moved to Harrogate and married Alberta Elizabeth Schofield

He was enlisted into the Royal Army Service Corps with a service number of T/194036 and became a Driver.

He died on the 30th April 1943 in North Africa and was buried at 16.F.18,Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, Tunisia.

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In Memoriam - G H Ness

George Henry Ness

George Henry Ness

Although he was born in nearby Killinghall in 1882, no connection of George to Hampsthwaite has yet been found.

He married Mary Elizabeth Hainsworth at Leeds in 1906 and by 1911 they were living in Darley and working at the laundry there. Their son George was born in 1911.

George (senior) enlisted in the 1/4th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers with a service number of 201602. He died on the 17th February 1917 being then stationed at Catterick Camp, Richmond and (presumably) whilst still in training.

He is buried in Hampsthwaite churchyard.

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In Memoriam - J Gledhill

John Gledhill

John Gledhill

Born in Leeds, John was a joiner with J.Bowers in Hampsthwaite before enlisting in Harrogate as a Driver in the Royal Horse Artillery. He had a service number of 39733. He also served with B Battery of the 107th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

He was killed in action on the 4th April 1918 and was buried at IV. A. 17. Longueau British Cemetery, France.

He was awarded the Star, British War and Victory Medals.

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In Memoriam - N Gill

Newton Gill

Newton Gill

Born in Leeds, the son of Richard Gill, a blacksmith, Newton enlisted in York but the nature of his connection to Hampsthwaite is not yet fully established. The 1901 census appears to show him when he was six years of age living with his farm-labourer uncle, William Scruton, at Hirst Mill, Markington and between 1906 and 1909 his name appears in the records of Hampsthwaite Village School. In 1916 he married Jane Elizabeth Thorpe at Killinghall and by 1917 they lived at 9 Euclid Avenue, New Park,Harrogate.

He had connections to the Territorial Army, having been given a service number of T/4/140212 A.S.C. He became a Private in the 2nd Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment with a service number of 50608.

He was killed in action in France on the 16th June 1917 and is commemorated at Bay 4, Arras Memorial, Arras, France. His name also appears on the Killinghall Memorial.

He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

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In Memoriam - B H Bottomley

Basil Henry Bottomley

Basil Henry Bottomley

Basil Henry was born in 1920 to Henry Naylor and Alice Mary Bottomley both of whom died in the 1950s and are buried in Hampsthwaite churchyard.

Basil lived in Thornhill, Clint with his wife Elaine (known as "Billy").

He joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and served as a Lieutenant at H.M.S. Landrail, a Royal Naval Air Station close to Campbeltown in Argyle and Bute, Scotland. He died, aged 25, on the 31st August 1945 whilst on flying duty.

He is commemorated on both the Burnt Yates war memorial and on Bay 6, Panel 2 of the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.

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In Memoriam - F Walton

Frederick Walton

Frederick Walton

Frederick (or "Fred", as he preferred) was born in November 1924, the youngest son in the large family of Hardy and Sarah Jane Walton of Hampsthwaite.

He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1941 with a service number of 1436208, attended several mechanical courses, and within two years had become a Sergeant Flight Engineer.

He took part in many Bomber Command raids over Germany but failed, with his crew, to return from a raid over Mannheim on the 10th August 1943.

He is buried in Plot 10 Row A Coll grave 4-9, Boulogne Eastern Cemetery.

Click here to read a fuller account of his life and service

Awarded the 1939-1945 War Medal, the 1939-1945 Star and the Aircrew Europe Star.

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Europe Star

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Postcards of Hampsthwaite

From the Graham Smith Collection (click on photos to enlarge)


With a tunnelling company in France

Notes for lecture given circa 1929
by: Ex.Captain P.T.Hough MC
 ex-176 Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.


Percy Townsend Hough

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Percy Townsend Hough arrived as Headmaster of Hampsthwaite C.E. Primary School in 1925. He was highly regarded by villagers as a humane and excellent teacher who commanded great respect from the pupils. He had fought in the Great War as a Captain in the Royal Engineers and received the MC for gallantry. He was a tunneller, laying explosives under Vimy Ridge (described evocatively by Faulks in Birdsong).

He lived in the school house with his wife and son, Richard. He had a lovely garden with lots of roses and he had beehives, so the childen got lessons in Beekeeping. He died very young at the age of 44 in 1937. His widow continued to live on in the village for many years after his death and was an active Church  member.

View the articles below for accounts of his experiences in WW1:

The Medieval Way


Passing through the Parish Churchyard from east to west, foot passengers come across a gate on the western boundary as shown in the photograph above. This marks the start of what is known locally as the “Medieval Way” – a footpath leading after several hundred feet to the Birstwith Road.

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