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