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  • VE Day 75 – Friday 8th May 2020

    Our Memorial Hall was built to honour the fallen in two world wars and give thanks to those who returned. It is appropriate therefore that we play our full part in the national celebrations and village activities planned for May Day Bank Holiday 2020 - moved to Friday 8th May for this purpose.Our afternoon begins with a what is hoped will be a re-enactment of what is believed to have been a visit to Metcalfe’s shop by ‘Monty’ which will continue on to The Joiners where there will be renditions of the Last Post and The Battle’s O’er following by a Toast to the Heroes as per the suggested national programme, with the Ukulele Band providing additional entertainment during the afternoon. The evening ends with a 40's Dance Party at the Memorial Hall.
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    Click on the NYCC Interactive Map below to see details of all road closures, parking restrictions, diversions and race timings. Briefly for Hampsthwaite they are as follows:Tuesday 24th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 23 Sep 22:00 - 24 Sep 18:30 - Road closed:  08:30 - 17:30 Mens U23 Individual Time Trial due to come through between 10:35 and 12:18 Women Elite Individual Time Trial due to come through between15:07 and 16:35 Saturday 28th Sept. 2019 for High Street and Elton Lane : No Parking: 27 Sep 22:00 - 28 Sep 16:00 - Road closed: 28 Sep 13:40 - 15:00 Publicity Caravan - leaves Ripon at 12.34 so due here around 1.10pm Women Elite Road Race due to come through between14.29 and 14.47 Click on the FanZone image to see full details of the many attractions on Harrogate centre during race week
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  • Yoga for Health and Happiness

    Beginners’ 10 week course starts 29th April 2019 at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall Monday 9:30am – 10:30am Course fee £60  Places limited For more info and to book, contact Sue Beever Mobile 07801 064819 Email suebeever@gmail.com
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    A film featuring Dancing for Well-Being’s Hampsthwaite group will be shown on ITV’s Calendar North News at 6.00 p.m. on Friday 5th April.  From 1st April you can also see the film on the People’s Projects website – www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk/projects/view/together-through-dance
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Hampsthwaite Bridge

Link to http://archive.hampsthwaite.org.uk/history/images/1000/Bridge1000b.jpg

In its Conservation Area document published 2009 Harrogate Borough Council says "Hampsthwaite Bridge offers an imposing entrance to the village from the north, offering spectacular views across the River Nidd and up the side of this scenic valley. The bridge itself is of stone and has three segmental arches . . . . .in coarsed squared gritstone . . . . .

Initially constructed in 1598 and rebuilt in 1640 with nineteenth century alterations to the parapet. The triangular cutwaters are chamfered at the top and closely set corbals support the overhanging parapet. The southern arch has been widened on the west side to allow a change in the road alignment."

The bridge is Grade II listed.

William Grainge writing in 1871 ("Harrogate and the Forest of Knaresborough") says . . . . ."The village of Hampsthwaite is situated on the southern side of the river Nidd, over which there is a narrow stone bridge of three arches; two brooks from each side of the village here flow into the river. The church is situate on the right hand, on a piece of ground at some period left by the waters of the Nidd. Like the other old churches of the forest, it is as near the outside of the parish as it is possible to place it. Viewed from the bridge in connection with the river, the village and church form a very pretty picture".

A later writer in 1894 was Harry Speight. In "Nidderdale and the garden of the Nidd" he describes his approach from the north and says . . . . ."we soon descend upon the ample river again at Hampsthwaite. The scene here is very picturesque, though the old church looks dangerously near the river, the water at this point (which has now a wide and ordinarily shallow spread) having made evident recent encroachments. A protective wall, preventing a destructive side-wash, has been built, and this in conjunction with increased drainage and cultivation, reducing the power of floods, has doubtless saved the church from the fate that befell the old river-side church at Ripley . . . . .the Roman road from Aldborough to Ripley . . . . .crossed the river at this point. The paved ford has no doubt been long buried by the flood-gravel of 15 centuries. At Hampsthwaite, within view of the river and the ford, there was no doubt at that time a guard and post-house (taberna diversora) where passports were examined and where the public couriers might change horses, or despatch messengers in cases requiring special urgency."

No mention of the bridge by Mr Speight!

A local antiquarian writing in 1904 commented "Fred Barker (mason) of Hampsthwaite told me recently that the bridge at one time only had a very low parapet about 9" high (in one stone) and that his father had once seen a pig leap over this into the river when they were attempting to drive it across. Soon after this the existing parapet was built (by Barker)".

. . . . . the bridge withstanding the flood-waters of 1968 . . . . .

Link to http://archive.hampsthwaite.org.uk/history/images/Hampsthwaite%20Flood%202nd%20July%201968/images/1000/BridgeFlood1000a.jpg
http://archive.hampsthwaite.org.uk/history/images/Hampsthwaite%20Flood%202nd%20July%201968/images/1000/BridgeFlood1000b.jpg - click for full size image
http://archive.hampsthwaite.org.uk/history/images/Hampsthwaite%20Flood%202nd%20July%201968/images/1000/NiddFlood1000.jpg - click for full size image
http://archive.hampsthwaite.org.uk/history/images/Hampsthwaite%20Flood%202nd%20July%201968/images/1000/GreenFlood1000.jpg - click for full size image

For more photos depicting the flood of 2nd July 1968 click here.

Hampsthwaite Bridge is now closed to heavy vehicles!
Hampsthwaite Bridge is now closed to heavy vehicles!
Hampsthwaite Bridge

In its Conservation Area document published 2009 Harrogate Borough Council says "Hampsthwaite Bridge offers an imposing entrance to the village from the north, offering spectacular views across the River Nidd and up the side of this scenic valley. The bridge itself is of stone and has three segmental arches . . . . .in coarsed squared gritstone . . . . .

Initially constructed in 1598 and rebuilt in 1640 with nineteenth century alterations to the parapet. The triangular cutwaters are chamfered at the top and closely set corbals support the overhanging parapet. The southern arch has been widened on the west side to allow a change in the road alignment."

Link to http://archive.hampsthwaite.org.uk/history/images/1000/Bridge1000b.jpg