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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.
  • Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite

    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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Hall Garth

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. . . and Garthside Cottage

The origins of this house as a former barn are clear from this photograph. The barn was last in use as such during the occupancy of the last tenant farmer at Manor House Farm - Mr. Fred Horner. This early aerial photograph shows the building in the days when the farming use still continued.

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That use ceased when the farmhouse and its outbuildings were offered for sale in September of 1975.

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It appears that the successful purchaser was Mr. H. Clough of 9 Belmont Road Harrogate . . .

In 1976 Mr H. Clough applied for planning permission to convert the large barn fronting the Birstwith Road into a dwellinghouse. The Parish Council expressed concern that soakaway from a proposed septic tank might contaminate the village well but the application was nevertheless granted, the planning officer commenting that this was "a good conversion which pays proper regard to the farm (?form) and character of the existing building". Certainly, the building's origins as a working farm building are still apparent in the imposing front elevation.

In the same year a separate permission was granted for the installation of a caravan on the site, the permission being limited to the duration of the conversion works or one year at the most.

In 1980 a further permission was sought by Mr Clough to allow the conversion of about 450 square feet of the barn's outbuildings into a hairdressing salon. This provoked an objection from a village resident concerned by the prospect of competition for the established salon in the High Street. The objector commented ". . . back-room hairdressing complained of before seems to have made enough money to come out and try to take someone else's livelihood. I hope justice will be done and it will not be allowed" The Planners seem to have recognised that refusal might interfere with an existing business on the premises of Hall Garth for permission was granted but expressed to be personal to Anne Bramley and Ruth Clough only while they resided at Hall Garth and that thereafter the salon area should revert to ancillary domestic accommodation.

In 1984 permission was granted to a new owner (Mr M. Robertson) for the creation of offices in a further part of the outbuildings attached to the salon and subject to the offices being used only in connection with the adjacent dwelling.

1985 saw the grant of a further permission for conversion of more outbuildings to a separate dwelling specifically designed for disabled use.

In 1990 and 1991 the offices and the salon were permitted to revert to domestic use in connection with the main dwelling of Hall Garth.

For details of earlier ownership history click on Manor Farm House.

Hall Garth

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