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    General repository for photos used in Preserving Our Past
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  • Hampsthwaite Community Room and COVID-19

    The Community Room Committee has taken steps to qualify the hall as being COVID-19 Secure as follows: We have conducted a Community Room Risk Assessment and made it available to all users. We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with UK Government guidance We have taken all reasonable steps to help hall users keep safe from COVID-19 We have taken all reasonable steps to help Hirers maintain Social Distancing when using the  Community Room Where people cannot keep 2m apart we have advised Hirers on the mitigating actions they might take to manage transmission risk
  • Preserving Our Past

    The churchyard of St Thomas a'Beckett, and its Chapel-of-Ease at Felliscliffe hold within them a wealth of local heritage via their Memorial Inscriptions and Burial Records. Why so many infant deaths, what was happening in society at the time of burial, was there a war or an illness affecting the population? How many local families are represented there and are there any well known names - or not so well known but with an interesting story attached? Is the design of the Memorial interesting in terms of its art work or the language used?This section of our website aims to list photographs of all Memorials, together with their Inscriptions and Church Records so that such questions may be answered by browsing or searching both now and in the foreseeable future - even long after some inscriptions may have faded beyond readability.
  • Bell

    Plot No. 3043 John Bell 1764 -1833 Plot No. 3148 William Bell 1811-1879Elizabeth Bell 1811 - 1860 Plot No. 3148 Maria Bell 1845 -1845Hannah Bell 1846 - 1860 Click on images to enlarge  Inscription  Inscription  Inscription Herelieth the body of JohnBell of Birstwith who de-parted this life the 1st of September 1833 aged69 years INLOVING MEMORYOFWILLIAM BELLBORN 3RD JUNE 1811,DIED 4TH JULY 1879ALSOELIZABETH,WIFE OF THE ABOVE,BORN 14TH JANY 1811,DIED 10TH MARCH 1860 IN LOVING MEMORYOF MARIA BELLBORN 3RD FEBY 1845DIED 11TH FEBY 1845ALSOHANNAH BELL BORN 18TH AUG 1846DIED 16TH JANY 1860
  • Lupton

    Plot No. 109 Ann Lupton  1784 - 1858 Plot No. 110 William Lupton 1775  - 1859 Click on images to enlarge Inscription Inscription IN MEMORY OFANN LUPTONof Hampsthwaitewho Died December 3rd 1858Aged 74 Years. In Memory ofWILLIAM LUPTON OF HAMPSTHWAITEWHO DIED JULY 18TH 1859AGED 84 YEARSLo! the prisoner is releasedLightened of his fleshly loadWhere the weary are at restHe is gather’d in to God!Lo! the pain of life is past,All his warfare now is o’er.Death and hell behind are cast,Grief and suffering are no more.
  • Watson

    Plot No. 61 Mary Hannah Watson 1863 -1931George Watson 1763 - 1846Henry Watson 1892 -1963Charles Watson 1893 -1918William Watson 1890 - 1891 Plot No. 81 Thomas Watson 1825 -1909Sarah Watson 1824 - 1899 Click on images to enlarge Inscription Inscription IN LOVING MEMORY OFMARY HANNAH WATSONDIED 1931 AGE 68ALSO HER HUSBANDGEORGEDIED 1946 AGE 83AND THEIR SONSHENRYDIED 27TH JAN.1963 AGE 71CHARLESDIED 23RD OCT. 1918 AGE 25WILLIAMDIED 14TH APR. 1891 AGE 1 In Loving Memory oTHOMAS WATSONOF FELLISCLIFFEWHO DIED MARCH 10TH 1909IN HIS 78TH YEARALSO OF SARAH WIFE OFTHE ABOVE WHO DIED DECEMBER 4TH 1899IN HER 75TH YEAR"SWEET REST AT LAST"
  • Smith

    Plot No. 3001 Edward Smith 1769 -1869Sarah Smith 1782 -1868Sarah Smith 1824 -1844 Click on images to enlarge Inscription  Thy will be doneSACREDTO THE MEMORY OFEDWARD SMITH,OF FELLISCLIFFE WHO DIED NOVEMBER 29th 1869AGED 100 YEARSALSO 6 FEET TO THE WEST SIDE OF THIS STONELIETH SARAH, THE WIFEOF THE ABOVE WHO DIED DECEMBER 3rd 1868AGED 86 YEARSALSO SARAH, DAUGHTEROF THE ABOVE WHO DIED MAY 24th 1844AGED 20 YEARS
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Sunnyside Cottage, Carpenter's Cottage and Croft View

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These three cottages face away from the adjacent road and what we see in this photograph is the rear elevation. Whether this arrangement dates back to their first  construction is not known but the proximity to passing vehicular traffic certainly makes it appropriate today.

The lighter area of colour of the stonework on the elevation we see immediately gives a clue to past building activity inasmuch as it draws attention to the apparent difference in age of the eastern and western portions. Furthermore, the western section is defined by a number of quoins or large pieces of stone forming its sides. In this same area we can also see the outline of some former opening albeit too low to form a doorway. The darker colour of the eastern portion may suggest that it is older than that on the right. On this portion also we signs of change where a window once existed.

Records in the West Riding Deeds Registry show that the site was acquired in 1843 by Joseph Scaife from Richard Pawson and John Dalby both of Killinghall when the property was described as being several dwellinghouses but “now converted into six dwellinghouses formerly occupied by James Barker, George Mawson, Sarah Hayes and Thomas Metcalf but now occupied by John Cooper, Mathew Jennings, Richard Barker, John Barker, Ann Steel and Dinah Barker”

A later mortgage document of 1889 shows the site to have been acquired  by Joseph Simpson a draper of Bradford who appears to have had numerous investments in property throughout the West Riding. His interest in the present properties was described in the mortgage as “Firstly five messuages or dwellinghouses or tenements now converted and occupied as four dwellinghouses and the outbuildings yards gardens orchards and other appurtenances to the same belonging situate and being in Hampsthwaite in the said county of York formerly the estate of Joseph Scaife deceased and formerly in the several occupations of Robert Jeffrey John Barker James Swale and Richard Barker but now or late of Robert Pullan and Asquith Huxley and the others unoccupied and Secondly all those two messuages or dwellinghouses recently occupied as one dwellinghouse with the outbuildings yards gardens orchards and other appurtenances to the same belonging situate and being in Hampsthwaite aforesaid late the estate of the said Joseph Scaife deceased formerly in the occupation of David Atkinson and his undertenants And Also All That building heretofore used as a stable workshop and gighouse situate in Hampsthwaite aforesaid and abutting on the north east side thereof to  the highway leading from Hampsthwaite to Darley aforesaid on or towards the south east by the highway leading from Hampsthwaite to Swincliffe on or towards the south west by the estate now or late of Richard Dearlove and on or towards the north west by the estate now or late of B J Wilson”.

In the photograph above can be seen (on the extreme right) part of the single storey buildings now forming Bower’s Funeral Undertaking. Does that represent the site and buildings of the stable etc. described in 1889?

By the time of the Land Tax survey in 1910 Joseph Simpson was still recorded as the freehold owner of five cottages and a lock-up shop the tenants being Moon, Ellis,, Brooke, Grainge, Haxby and Atkinson.

So we have a rather confusing history of building alterations and changes of tenants and that only at three specific points in a period of sixty eight years. At least it does provide firm evidence of the age of the buildings dating back before 1843. This places these modest cottages among the oldest surviving in Hampsthwaite.
Sunnyside Cottage, Carpenter's Cottage and Croft View
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