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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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    Minutes from Parish Council meetings in 2017
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    The Northern Power Grid and the Northern Gas Networks are the organisations responsible for the delivery of  electricity and gas within our region
  • 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: (with Events section at
  • 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 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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The Brookfield Development

View across Brookfield Green
The Brookfield development was built in two phases: the first in the 1970's by B&D Simpson Bros (Developments) Limited and the remainder in the early 1980's by C.E.Cowen (Builders) Ltd. The two distinct buiding styles may be seen as one progresses along Brookfield Crescent.

On 27th June 1979, C.E.Cowen (Builders) Ltd., applied to Harrogate Borough Council for planning permission to build 2 bungalows and 47 houses with garages, being the remainder of Phase I and Phase II of the Brookfield Development, Hollins Lane, Hampsthwaite. Cowens had secured the land from the previous builders, B&D Simpson Bros (Developments) Limited , on 8 June 1979.
Initial planning application  - click for full size image
Initial planning application
Land Registry - click for full size image
Land Registry
Initial planning approval - click for full size image
Initial planning approval

Cowens selected a Candadian/Scandinavian timber frame construction method.This involved factory-built modular frames being assembled on to a prepared base then 'skinned' with stone faced concrete blocks - commercially known as 'Bradstone'. This resulted in houses which are very energy efficient.

Download the PDF file below to see detais of this construction technique.

Cowens sales brochure - click for full size image
Cowens sales brochure
Cowen's brochure description - page 1 - click for full size image
Cowen's brochure description - page 1
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Cowen's brochure description - page 2
Cowen's brochure price list - page 1 - click for full size image
Cowen's brochure price list - page 1
Cowen's brochure price list - page 2 - click for full size image
Cowen's brochure price list - page 2
Cowens offered purchasers of some the building plots a choice in the type of house built, and some cases, its orientation. Designs were identified in a catalague of approved house types and a price list offered two alternative designs for some plots some of which may be seen below.
Type 6 - click for full size image
Type 6
Type 6a - click for full size image
Type 6a
Type 14a - click for full size image
Type 14a
Type 15 - click for full size image
Type 15
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Type 16
Type B1 - click for full size image
Type B1
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Type B8b
By 1984, 24 semi-detached houses and 26 detached houses had been built on the site, together with an expanse of public open space known as 'Brookfield Green'. No. 68, Brookfield Crescent, on Plot 25 was the last to be built and a modified Pembroke design was chosen by the purchasers. No 31, Brookfield Crescent is in fact two Type 6a semi-detched houses joined together as a detached when built and purchased by the Project Manager for Cowens at the time.
The Brookfield Development
View across Brookfield Green