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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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WINSLEY (or Winksey) HOUSE (the new post office)

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The history of Winsley House and its adjacent cottage was for many years also the history of the Pratt family. At the time of the last accessible census in 1911 a family of that name occupied the premises and the same family can be traced back through the census history of Hampsthwaite to 1841. It is possible that they occupied the same property throughout that time although the census compilers rarely identified clearly the properties they described unless the property was a notable one e.g. a vicarage, farm or public house. In early census returns it is sometimes possible to identify a property from the proximity of a census entry relating to other properties actually named or by recognising the route the information gatherer has followed.

The Pratt story begins in 1841 with Thomas Pratt, a 20–year old journeyman tailor recorded as living at Melmerby with his parents William and (? Jemima).  William was a tailor also and then aged 70. In that same census we find a Pratt family living in Hampsthwaite in a house near the Joiner’s Arms. John Pratt is a 48 year old tailor and living with him are his wife Mary and children Mary, Sarah, Robert and Jane. The connection between the two families is not known but, ten years later in 1851, the next census shows Thomas living in what seems to be Winsley House and John and wife Mary have moved to Melmerby! Their children have left to places unknown.

Thomas next features at Winsley House (property not named but a few doors from the Joiners Arms) in 1861 and is now married to Bridget who was born in Osmotherley. They have four children – Thomas 6, Henry 4, Frederick 2 and Ann E. 6 months. Thomas senior is described as a tailor and draper.

In the 1871 census more children are recorded including Arthur, Louisa, Fanny and Wilfred. They still seem to be in the same house both then and also in 1881 and 1891.

Thomas seems to have died before the next census in 1901 because the head of the household is then recorded as Bridget, now a widow, and only Henry, Louisa and Wilfred are still living with her. At this point Winsley House is recorded as a separate household from Winsley Cottage which is occupied by Joseph Dove, a retired builder and his wife Mary and daughter Priscilla. The tailoring business in Winsley House is now that of Henry aged 43 and this is still the case by 1911 when Henry presides over a household which includes his mother Bridget, brother Wilfred and Wilfred’s own wife of 2 years Daisy and their new-born son Clarence.

The Land Tax survey of 1910 had treated Winsley House and Winsley Cottage as one freehold property owned by Arthur Pratt and occupied by Henry Pratt and Elizabeth Dawson but the 1911 census makes it clear that Elizabeth, a widow aged 82 living on her own means, occupies the cottage at a rent of three shillings and sixpence per week (about 17.5 pence in decimal terms!).
The survey describes the properties as follows…

“Stone faced slated house and shop-very fair condition. Shop (Tailor’s) and workroom (illegible), kitchen, scullery, 4 bedrooms. Outbuildings stone slated & (pantiled?), coals, E.C., washhouse.
Cottage adjoining (---- ?), small sitting room & living room, back kitchen and pantry. 3 small bedrooms, E.C. and store.
Re-cast to front (……?)
Archway leading to back garden.
Charges etc.  Annuity £10 to Bridget G. Pratt 77 years of age
Valuation. W3/6d =£9.2.0d
                 House & shop £18”

When the West Riding Deeds Registry re-opens in 2017 (presently closed to remove to new premises) further research will be possible on the history of ownership. This may help to explain the construction of the property which appears either to have been first built as a pair of semi-detached houses or as one house with a separate shop entrance.

WINSLEY (or Winksey) HOUSE (the new post office)
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