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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.
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Felliscliffe Chapel of Ease

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Lying in the south-western fringes of Hampsthwaite parish and some two or more miles from the parish church of St.Thomas a'Becket, this chapel has served outlying worshipers since its construction in about 1893. In this photograph we see not only the chapel but part of the adjacent block of five almshouses erected at the same time and part of the same generous gift by members of the Hezmalhalch family.


Lying in the south-western fringes of Hampsthwaite parish and some two or more miles from the parish church of St.Thomas, this chapel has served outlying worshipers since its construction in about 1893. In this photograph we see not only the chapel but part of the adjacent block of five almshouses erected at the same time and part of the same generous gift by members of the Hezmalhalch family. An excellent account of the history of that family can be found on the internet at www.wigglesworth.me.uk/riley/pdf/hezmalhalch.pdf .

That account extends beyond the years we are concerned with here but this is what is said there about the brothers Thomas and James………….

It seems to have been about this time (1866) that the brothers retired together…From living ‘on the job’ (millwrights and iron moulders) in Sheepscar (Leeds) they had gradually moved out into more salubrious parts, first to Potternewton and then to Thorner, a village on the outskirts of Leeds where they were living at the time of the 1871 census. From 1864-79 they had been involved in numerous property transactions in and around Leeds, the houses at Beeston being one. In August 1878 they had moved to the village of Kettlesing in the Parish of Felliscliffe just outside Harrogate where they bought ‘several closes or parcels of ground with buildings amounting to 14 acres 24 perches’ and built an imposing Victorian residence, complete with turret and a billiard room.The ..brothers and their sister lived there with an adopted son….They had called their new home Hollybank. Less than three miles away, just outside Ripley, is Hollybank Wood.

Ten years later Thomas and James died within four days of each other. (Their surviving brother Joseph and sister Mary) then built a chapel, together with five adjoining almshouses in their memory. Following Joseph’s death in 1896, Mary dedicated the east window in the chapel, the only colour in a simple building, to the memory of all four of her brothers.

Built by Joseph and Miss Mary Hezmalhalch, the contractor being Mr Henry Abbot
Built by Joseph and Miss Mary Hezmalhalch, the contractor being Mr Henry Abbot

An excellent account of the history of the Hezmalhalch family can be found on the internet at http://www.wigglesworth.me.uk/riley/pdf/Hezmalhalch.pdf

That account extends beyond the years we are concerned with here but this is what is said there about the brothers Thomas and James. . .

“It seems to have been about this time (1866) that the brothers retired together. . . From living ‘on the job’ (millwrights and iron moulders) in Sheepscar (Leeds) they had gradually moved out into more salubrious parts, first to Potternewton and then to Thorner, a village on the outskirts of Leeds where they were living at the time of the 1871 census. From 1864-79 they had been involved in numerous property transactions in and around Leeds, the houses at Beeston being one. In August 1878 they had moved to the village of Kettlesing in the Parish of Felliscliffe just outside Harrogate where they bought ‘several closes or parcels of ground with buildings amounting to 14 acres 24 perches’ and built an imposing Victorian residence, complete with turret and a billiard room.The ..brothers and their sister lived there with an adopted son. . . They had called their new home Hollybank. Less than three miles away, just outside Ripley, is Hollybank Wood.

Ten years later Thomas and James died within four days of each other. (Their surviving brother Joseph and sister Mary) then built a chapel, together with five adjoining almshouses in their memory. Following Joseph’s death in 1896, Mary dedicated the east window in the chapel, the only colour in a simple building, to the memory of all four of her brothers.

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In loving memory of my brothers
John, Thomas, James and Joseph Hezmalhalch
Dedicated by Mary Hezmalhalch A.D. 1900

Mary continued living at Hollybank until her death in 1909 at the age of eighty-six. All four had left considerable fortunes, Thomas almost £32,000, James £14,000, Joseph £18,000 and Mary £34,706 17s 3d. Their grandfather. . . would have been proud of them.”

The account goes on to record numerous benefactions made by the family including Mary’s contribution of £500 to the cost (£1500) of the restoration of St. Thomas’ church at the beginning of the 20th century and several thousand pounds for the upkeep of the church and almshouses and for the local school. Two trusts continue to operate to this day, one for the chapel and the other for the almshouses.

A tablet set in the wall of the almshouses records their origins as does another in the chapel tower. . .

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George Wainwright playing the organ, built in 1911 at a cost of £132 - click for full size image
George Wainwright playing the organ, built in 1911 at a cost of £132

Here are some views of the chapel interior. . .

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and a view of the north side of the chapel and the adjacent graveyard...
and a view of the north side of the chapel and the adjacent graveyard...
Felliscliffe Chapel of Ease
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