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    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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Thimbleby Cottages

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This pair of stone-built semi-detached dwellings are clearly Victorian in origin and their appearance suggests a construction date of about 1880. The Ordnance Survey Map of 1891 shows them but the map of 1853 does not nor does the earlier map show anything on the site other than what seems to have been agricultural or orchard land.

With the exception of their windows the houses do not appear to have changed since they were built. We know little about them but one old photograph seems to show a delivery taking place at number 2 . . . . .

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. . . . . the driver of the motor car/van seems to be taking an order from the occupant!

In the 1920s number 1 Thimbleby Cottages was the home of the village policeman P.C.Briggs of whom George Wainwright (see the first of the Village Society's books) said, . . . . ."a wonderful man, highly respected by the local community. He took many a young man in hand, cuffing him behind the ears and making him behave himself. I recall a mate of mine, who had a bike which he used to ride at night without a light. I think he had a girlfriend up at Killinghall. On one occasion Briggs was waiting for him when he got there, took the bike and lamp from him, and told him he could walk home until he learned to behave himself. He never did it again. You see, that was a much better punishment than nowadays, when young lads are brought to court and just laugh in the face of the judge, when they get off with a warning or a small fine".

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Thimbleby Cottages

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