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    Details of the work of the Community Payback Team in Hampsthwaite Hampsthwaite Parish Council was approached in December 2016 to seek our support for the Community Payback scheme. The Unpaid Work Requirement (commonly known as Community Payback) is one of the requirements that can be included in a community order. It involves service users doing compulsory work for the benefit of the community. Types of Work Undertaken Work in Hampsthwaite Volunteers Current Year Reports Contact: Unpaid Work Placement Coordinator, Interserve (Justice) The Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd Harrogate Probation Office Harrogate Redefining the future for people and placesWebsite: www.interserve.comPhone: 07720  213674Email:
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    The Village Room began its life as a purpose-built reading room constructed in stone with a boarded roof covered in slate and with its interior beams exposed in a vaulted roof. It opened to the public in August 1890. Now the Room is a regular venue for meetings including the Parish Council, the Village Society Committee and the Wednesday Group.Hampsthwaite Village Room High Street,HG3 2ET For bookings, contact: T:  01423 770332 E: See also the History section for a brief history of
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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.

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