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  • Barkers Family History

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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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  • Northern Powergrid and Gas Networks

    The Northern Power Grid and the Northern Gas Networks are the organisations responsible for the delivery of  electricity and gas within our region
  • Parish Council Minutes Archive 2017

    Minutes from Parish Council meetings in 2017
  • Yoga Classes

    Jann is a Yoga & Energy Medicine Teacher and Therapist and lover of all things Holistic, Herbal, Organic and Natural and I’m a life long passionate supporter of The Healing Arts that are rooted in our Ancient Wisdoms of Massage, Dancing, Sound, Singing, Drumming, Painting, Meditating, Coming together in circle. Jann's weekly sessions are hosted at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall and listed in the hall's Contact Jann for details:Tel:  07585 807046Web: http://amazinguniverse.co.uk/ (with Events section at http://amazinguniverse.co.uk/calendar/)
  • SuperFast North Yorkshire

    Beware of Computer Scams If you receive a  phone call purporting to be from Microsoft support or similar, to say that your computer has sent them a critical error message, ignore it even if they have your phone number and name!They will get you to visit a particular web page in your web browser. Something on the web page will enable them to have control of your computer. They can then load spyware, steal passwords or just use your machine to relay other illegal content, for example.If you think it might be genuine (VERY unlikely!), thank the caller, put the phone down, then contact your computer supplier or Microsoft Support yourself - see http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx Whenever you receive an unexpected email just copy the subject line or part of its text and paste it into Google. You will soon discover if it is a scam. NEVER open links or accept attachments from emails you are unsure of. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true; it probably is!
  • Hampsthwaite Picture House

    Check the programme of film screenings by visiting the Hampsthwaite Picture House website. Films screened at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Come along and enjoy an evening with family and friends sat at our convivial, candle-lit tables with refreshments, 'nibbles', food and bar as appropriate to the film being shown. Tickets available from Hampsthwaite Post Office ( or at the door if available) - why not book a table and come as a group?
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Thomas a'Becket Walk

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This modern development of 19 houses occupies land which formerly had an agricultural use. In 1924 it was part of 27 acres of such land purchased by Dearlove Addyman and formed part of "Village Farm" which he had occupied as a tenant farmer for some years previously (click here to read about previous owners). Over the years a thriving business of animal slaughter developed on the site and an abattoir stood on part of the land until a few years ago (click here to read about the abattoir).

In 1994 the site was sold to Nidderdale Quality Foods Ltd. An application for planning consent to allow the construction of residential property was made in 1997 and refused.

A further such application was lodged in August 2000 seeking outline consent for housing construction. The application was made against a background of regular complaints from villagers concerning nuisances of noise, smells, traffic congestion etc. arising from the use of the site. The application drew attention to the fact that, over the years, increasing UK and EEC regulations and the practical problems arising on the site had made difficult the continuing economic viability of the industry while retaining residential amenity. The site was no longer suitable for the business. Discussions had recognised the need to raise capital from residential development to fund the relocation of the business. Changes in the value of the housing market meant that a smaller such development could now finance such a change. It was suggested that the application if granted would result in an enhancement of the Conservation Area. The applicants envisaged the construction of 18 houses of which 3 could be "affordable" properties.

The Planning Officer recognised that the proposal might be an acceptable solution to a long standing problem but it soon became clear that a number of issues needed to be resolved. The Environment Agency expressed the view that the proposal might be acceptable provided steps were taken to prevent an increase in the risk of flooding to the site (the site lies in the flood plain of the River Nidd). The Heritage Officer was of the view that an archaeological survey was necessary in view of the historic nature of the area (part of an ancient Roman route). Local residents expressed their own concerns about flooding, increased traffic, loss of a village workplace, undue enlargement of the existing village, types and sizes of dwellings contemplated, etc., etc. The Harrogate Council's file discloses a great deal of correspondence on these matters.

The planning application was listed for consideration on 7th December 2000 but on the day before the hearing an objection was received from the Environment Agency citing renewed concerns about flood risks. Although the applicants had been led to believe that the risk was low, heavy rains in the proceeding days had resulted in the site being flooded! The application was deferred for further investigation. A solution was proposed involving raising the ground height of the dwellings and the creation of a large excavated "compensation area" between the position of any housing and the river. Next month the application was, on the recommendation of the planning officer, again deferred but on the basis that the Head of Planning Services was authorised to approve the application subject to numerous conditions designed to meet all the concerns identified including arrangements for securing the future maintenance of the compensation area.

Much work was obviously done thereafter to meet the conditions and, on the 24th April 2002, an application for full planning consent was lodged by new owners and proposed builders Charles Church North East of Newton Aycliffe Co. Durham. The architects for the project were Carey Nieman of Leeds.

The application was accompanied by a detailed contextual study undertaken to identify the design characteristics, spatial qualities and built form of Hampsthwaite village. Nevertheless, the application provoked renewed concerns as to the need for a clearer scheme for landscaping, flood protection measures, surface water disposal, the high value and number of dwellings proposed, the intrusive nature of the envisaged housing in the landscape, etc., etc. The County Council reported on its archaeological evaluation saying that the remains of medieval open field systems formed part of the historic landscape around the village; there were earthwork remains of ridge and furrow and an earthwork bank might possibly follow that of the projected course of the Roman road. The report concluded that "the preservation in situ of these remains is the preferred option" and that building plot 19 "will directly affect these earthworks". In June 2002 the Parish council reported on the result of a public meeting held the previous week and identified the concerns of the villagers then expressed (which had repeated many known objections and added comments about preserving an ancient 300 year-old Hawthorn hedge and a large Sycamore tree on the site) and added its own comments about the need to manage flood/drainage problems. The Conservation Officer did not support the application and made a number of detailed criticisms of the proposed design. The Environmental Health Officer and Yorkshire Water reiterated earlier concerns about potential nuisance from increased use of the nearby sewage pumping station. By October it was apparent to the developers that outstanding issues would not be resolved in time for the intended meeting of the planning committee in November. Eventually, in February 2003 the planning committee authorised the Head of Planning Services to approve the application subject to 33 conditions suggested by the planning officer and, after more detailed negotiations, those conditions were deemed to be met with the result that the house we see today were constructed.

Since the construction of the estate a review of the Conservation Area has been carried out by the Council which comments . . . "There is a new housing expansion in St Thomas a Becket Walk of mainly detached houses on the site of a former cattle slaughterhouse. Whilst the houses have been constructed in stone, along the river valley, once they have aged and weathered should eventually merge into the landscape. However, they would, in the meantime, benefit from further screening with additional tree planting..".

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Thomas a'Becket Walk

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