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  • BARKER Family History

    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.
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    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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The Tour de France 2014

Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014
Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014

The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in the world's greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside to cheer on the champions of the sport.

The Tour de France is the world's biggest single sporting event and 3rd biggest sporting event overall (behind The Olympics and the World Cup). It will affect the lives of everyone living in and around Harrogate. We are privileged to live where this immense free sporting event passes close by us on two occasions over a summer weekend and near where we can see the first day start and finish and the awarding of the coveted 'Yellow Jersey'.

Against this, there will be disruption: roads will be closed each day for about 4 or 5 hours (or more in some cases), crowds of spectators will be huge and it will be difficult to get to some places . . . so . . . best to do your shopping well before the 5th July!

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198 riders with support vehicles plus a 'caravan' of up to 120 vehicles will create a 20km parade. They will be escorted by the French Gendarmerie and watched over by 9 helicopters making quite a show. The Caravan is a terrific spectacle and a great family attraction. A procession of elaborate floats and vehicles precedes the racing action distributing 15 million items to fans at the roadside across the 3 weeks of the Tour. It is a great way to catch yourself a souvenir of Le Tour.

It is estimated there will be 345,000 visitors just to see the finish and, over the weekend, each day will about 7 times bigger than the Great Yorkshre Show! The last hour of the race each day will be broadcast live across Europe and beyond.

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Hampsthwaite - the ideal base for followers of Le Tour
  • Stage One
  • regular train services from Harrogate to see the Start of Stage 1 in Leeds at 11.00am local time
  • return to Harrogate and wait for the Finish of Stage 1 and the awarding of the coveted 'Yellow Jersey'
  • or return to Hampsthwaite to see the riders and caravan come through Killinghall from Ripley late afternoon - and then go back to Harrogate
  • or simply cycle to Ripley from Hampsthwaite on the new Nidderdale Greenway to join in the Festival and watch the riders and caravan come though late afternoon
  • Alternatively and throughout the day, Hampsthwaite is in easy reach of any part of the Stage 1 route
  • Stage Two
  • regular train services from Harrogate to see the Start of Stage 2 in York at 11.00am local time
  • or stay in Hampsthwaite to see the riders and caravan come from Harrogate towards Skipton early in the afternoon of Sunday 6th July.
  • and from Hampsthwaite, Skipton and Keighley are in easy reach to follow the route southwards to Sheffield for the end of Stage 2
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The Yorkshire Grand Départ Stage 1 - Saturday 5th July 2014 - Leeds to Harrogate: 190KM

Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon - Harrogate

The Yorkshire Grand Départ Stage 2 - Sunday 6th July 2014 - York to Sheffield: 200KM

York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth - Sheffield

Grand Départ Cultural Festival

Plans are underway to hold a cultural festival in the 100 days leading up to the Tour de France Grand Départ. Submit your ideas NOW to be part of this exciting programme.

The Tour de France 2014

The world's greatest cycle race - the Tour de France - will start in the world's greatest county on 5th & 6th July 2014 bringing millions of fans to the Yorkshire roadside to cheer on the champions of the sport.

The Tour de France is the world's biggest single sporting event and 3rd biggest sporting event overall (behind The Olympics and the World Cup). It will affect the lives of everyone living in and around Harrogate. We are privileged to live where this immense free sporting event passes close by us on two occasions over a summer weekend and near where we can see the first day start and finish and the awarding of the coveted 'Yellow Jersey'.

Against this, there will be disruption: roads will be closed each day for about 4 or 5 hours (or more in some cases), crowds of spectators will be huge and it will be difficult to get to some places . . . so . . . best to do your shopping well before the 5th July!

Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014
Link to the Official site for the Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014