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  • Christmas Tree Festival

    St. Thomas a Becket Church, Hampsthwaite are holding a Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend of 15th – 17th December.There will be a ‘Preview Evening & Concert ’ on Friday 15th with wine and canapes being served from 6.30 p.m and with a choral performance from Voces Seraphorum from 7.00 – 7.45 p.m. – tickets can be purchased from Hampsthwaite Post Office or you can buy them on the door (£7.00).The church will be open from 10.00 – 16.00 on Saturday 16th December for you to come along and enjoy the Christmas Trees and there will be refreshments served throughout the day.
  • Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

    Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise. Email: info@hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com URL: www.hampsthwaiteactiongroup.com FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter: https://twitter.com/HampsthwaiteAG
  • Management Committee Meetings

    "The general management and control of the Trust Premises and the Arrangements for their use shall be vested in a Committee of Management (hereinafter called “the Committee”) consisting of not more than Twenty-five members (exclusive of members co-opted . . . )" and "All members of the Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting". Extracts from Conveyance No.8791 dated 24th April 1953
  • HAMPSTHWAITE UNDER THREAT!

     
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.Previous iterations of their proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Click on Images or Headings to link to related articles
  • Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

    Harrogate Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Birstwith Road is proposed as an Additional Site HM9 and is now the subject of a consultation exercise.See: https://consult.harrogate.gov.uk/portal/pp/lp/as17/as17
  • HARROGATE DISTRICT LOCAL PLAN

    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Link to Harrogate District Draft Local Plan Additional Sites consultation 14 July - 25 August 2017 (opens in a new window)
  • Brookfield Garth Proposed Development

    HAMPSTHWAITE ONCE AGAIN UNDER THREAT! PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT BROOKFIELD GARTH, HAMPSTHWAITE  
  • Barkers Family History

    Images for Barker Family History Article
  • 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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History

History of Hampsthwaite

The earliest written record of the settlement (circa 1180) is as “Hamethwayt” in the Early Yorkshire Charters.

The name 'Thwaite' comes from the Old Scandinavian word 'thveit', meaning 'clearing, meadow or paddock' and Hampsthwaite simply means the thwaite, or meadow, of Hamr or Hammall. An alternative possibility is that the name 'Hamps' may derive from the Middle English, 'Hanespe', which means 'summer dry', or dry in summer. It is not clear that this was ever a feature of the River Nidd which runs through here although the Roman road from 'Olicana' (Ilkley) to 'Isurium' (Aldborough) crossed the Nidd at Hamps-thwaite and this led to the development of a market.

Hampsthwaite was situated within the Forest of Knaresborough, which was established as a royal hunting preserve in the time of the Conqueror. The church of Hampsthwaite was in existence soon after the Norman Conquest and was at one time in the possession of the monks of Knaresborough.

The family of the writer William Make-peace Thackeray lived in Hampsthwaite, as did the family of Amy Woodforde Finden (1860-1919) who was best known as the composer of “Kashmiri Song” from The Four Indian Love Lyrics by Laurence Hope. In the churchyard are the graves of Joshua Tetley, the founder of the Tetley's Brewery in Leeds, and his wife Hannah.


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Directory of Hampsthwaite buildings

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Use the links in the Directory to reveal information on village buildings and their occupants.

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Buildings may also be located using the Search box or by means of our  Interactive Map of the village

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Hampsthwaite Buildings Archive

About this website:

The Hampsthwaite Village Society recently published the third volume in its series of books about the village. The first volume (published in 1999) comprised a collection of reminiscences by long-standing residents of the village.The second volume began a review of village buildings by bringing together articles on its four places of worship (the Parish Church, Methodist Chapel, Felliscliffe Chapel of Ease and the Saltergate Mission Room). The third volume was a reprint of the book “School Memories” published by the village school in 2011 to mark the school’s 150th anniversary. It provides a valuable record of the school and its activities since its opening in 1861.

The next volume, now in course of preparation, will deal with other, mainly domestic, buildings and their histories. This website hopes to support that work by creating an archive of all the village buildings and collecting together every available scrap of interesting information about them.

The website will not simply deal with matters of construction and design but also with the social and human events associated with them. How many residents are aware, for example . . .
 
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Hampsthwaite Residents

A photo gallery of Hampsthwaite residents to add life to our history of the village buildings. Photos are contextualised with the information available to us. See also the article on our War Memorial for information on the sons of Hampsthwaite lost during two world wars and the Gallery section for other photo collections.

We would greatly appreciate comments, corrections or additional contributions - email: Hampsthwaite web site group.

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Interactive Map of Hampsthwaite

Drag the cursor to reveal different parts of the village and use the zoom tool to enlarge the view.

Click on 'View Hampsthwaite in a larger map' to access StreetView where this is available.

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Calverley Info

CalverleyInfo is dedicated to the collection and free publication of all historical and genealogical information pertaining to Calverley Parish and the surrounding district and villages - including Hampsthwaite.

Historical Miscellany

A collection of records, documents, photos and film relating to the history of Hampsthwaite

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A History of Hampsthwaite - Books 1, 2 and 3

A History of Hampsthwaite - book series written and published by people in Hampsthwaite.

To Order your copy send a cheque for £8.00* per book (or £13.00 for Books 1&2, £20.00 for all 3) payable to Hampsthwaite Village Society to:
Hampsthwaite Village Book, 4 St Thomas a'Becket Walk,
Hampsthwaite, Harrogate HG3 2FS.

Please enclose your name, address and a contact telephone number.

* Covers Postage and packaging for UK mainland only. For postage outside UK mainland, please email book@hampsthwaite.org.uk for price

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Hampsthwaite Conservation Area

Download a PDF file publication by Harrogate District Council containing a wealth of information on the history, development, architecture, setting and spatial characteristics of the Hampsthwaite conservation area and including a simplified map showing the area boundary.

 

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Gravestone Photographic Resource

The Gravestone Photographic Resource project is an attempt to provide a much needed on-line resource for family historians. When the project first started all the monuments in a burial ground of people born before 1901 were photographed. These images are then used to extract all names and details from each monument. Once all the images have been processed, the information is added to the internet database.Go to the site and search for Hampsthwaite to see the names that appear on the gravestone photographs for St Thomas a Beckett Parish Church

Ancestry.co.uk

There are currently over 4 billion records available to search. From historical censuses and parish records, to military records and passenger lists, your family's past is waiting to be discovered. To discover your long lost ancestors, start here.

The Unnetie Digitisation Project

The New Opportunities Fund (NOF) has awarded North Yorkshire County Library Service funding to conserve and promote several unique photographic archives stored at the County Library Headquarters, Harrogate and Scarborough libraries. Go to the site and search for Hampsthwaite to see old photos of our village

Hampsthwaite info

Historical and genealogical information pertaining to the Yorkshire parish of Hampsthwaite and the surrounding district and villages.