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  • Preserving Our Past

    The churchyard of St Thomas a'Beckett, and its Chapel-of-Ease at Felliscliffe hold within them a wealth of local heritage via their Memorial Inscriptions and Burial Records. Why so many infant deaths, what was happening in society at the time of burial, was there a war or an illness affecting the population? How many local families are represented there and are there any well known names - or not so well nown but with an interesting story attached? Is the design of the Memorial interesting in terms of its art work or the language used?This section of our website aims to list phtographs of all Memorials, together with their Inscriptions and Church Records so that such questions may be answered by browsing or searching both now and in the foreseeable future - even long after some inscriptions may have faded beyond readability.
  • Wiliam Bell 1811-1879

  • Wiliam Lupton 1775-1859

  • Thomas Watson 1825 -1903

  • Hampsthwaite Bridge - photo

    "Hampsthwaite Bridge over the River Nidd. Built in 1598, rebuilt 1640, alterations made in the 19th century. I have been wanting to photograph this bridge for a while now; today the winter light, the sparse vegetation and the mottled snow that remained on the bank of a feeder drain, were perfect."Simon HillJanuary 17th 2021(click photo to return to full article)
  • Previous COVID-19 Announcements

    Previous announcements and updates from UK Gov and ACRE
  • DT Forge

    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

    The Memorial Hall Management Committee has taken 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  
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DT Forge

Link to http://www.hampsthwaite.org.uk/740

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”


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Desk Lamp from Upcycled Demi-John
Desk Lamp from Upcycled Demi-John

Table Lamp Base

An unusual vintage brown glass Demi-John upcycled to create a lamp base which would complement both modern and traditional home interiors. The Demi-John base is 330mm high approximately and 170mm diameter. The lamp is fitted with all new 3-core black electric cable with in-line switch connecting to an Edison Screw (ES) lamp fitting secured via a 10mm diameter threaded brass bung. The cable enters the Demi-John at its base via a grommet filled hole drilled for this purpose and secured with cable restraint.

The lamp is supplied complete with a 3 in 1 LED warm white 95mm diameter globe shaped bulb: i.e. switch on for full brightness; switch off and quickly on again for 30% dimming; then switch off.

Also supplied with a 200mm fabric covered burgundy drum shade to complement the brown Demi-John base resulting in an overall height of approximately 500mm.


Dimmable Desk Lamp from Vintage Blowlamp
Dimmable Desk Lamp from Vintage Blowlamp

Dimmable Desk Lamp

Vintage Blowlamps upcycled into a unique dimmable Desk, Table or Accent lights supplied complete with a flame tip bulb.

The inline dimmer switch enables the amount of light to vary from full brightness down to a gentle glow - excellent for 'mood' lighting.

Each blowlamp is stripped down to its separate parts before being cleaned, washed, buffed and polished. Parts are machined as required to accommodate fittings (e.g. boring out the Flame Tube to receive the light fitting and maintain good proportions) then reassembled to create the body of the lamp and fitted with all new 3-core electrics. The brass lamp fitting is fully earthed and the whole lamp earth continuity PAT tested.


Dimmable Plane 'n Simple Desk Lamp
Dimmable Plane 'n Simple Desk Lamp

Plane 'n Simple Dimmable Desk Lamp

These lamps are upcycled from a vintage wooden smoothing plane and fitted with a Dimmer Switch to control their brightness in different situations - excellent for 'mood' lighting.

A glass vial is recessed into the front of the plane, which can accept pens and pencils to complement its function as a Desk Lamp - or a dried flower perhaps to add a little cheer!

Each plane is stripped down to its separate parts before being cleaned, linseed oiled, waxed and polished - but still retaining the patina, bumps and bruises reflecting years of honest toil! Parts are machined as required to accommodate fittings (e.g. wedge drilled through) then reassembled to create the body of the lamp.


Pitch Pine Candle Trays
Pitch Pine Candle Trays
Pitch Pine Candle Trays

Hand made stylish trays made from reclaimed Pitch Pine which has been chosen for its striking and contrasting grain. Each tray is hand finished to a lustrous wax sheen and recesses are machined to receive either: battery operated LED Tea Light Candle, Votive Candles in Glass, or Pillar Candles as required. The trays are made using 25mm thick wonderfully scented Pitch Pine. Standard trays are 360mm or 600mm long and accept 3 or 5 candles but can be made to order.

The completed Candle Trays will grace any dining table or mantlepiece. Alternatively enjoy late summer and autumn evenings using them to bring an ethereal soft glow to any garden setting or barbecue.

Supplied complete with Candles.

The trays are hand made in-house and so please ask for any variations required in terms of number and type of Lights, their spacing, overall dimensions and wood finishes.


Vintage photography contact printing frame upcycled to make a unique Photo Frame
Vintage photography contact printing frame upcycled to make a unique Photo Frame
Vintage photography contact printing frames upcycled to make unique Photo Frames

Vintage contact printing frames which have been cleaned, oiled and waxed to result in a self-standing photo frame - ideal for displaying either portrait or landscape photographs, prints, artwork or pressed flowers etc.

The frames are complete with all original clips in full working order and they have been used to secure a new support strut without the need for any modification of the original structure.

DT Forge

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”


Link to http://www.hampsthwaite.org.uk/740