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  • Blind Peter Barker

    Remembering Hampsthwaite’s Blind Joiner - an article by Shaun WilsonLike the market town of Knaresborough, who had ‘Blind Jack’ – John Metcalf, the road builder of Yorkshire in the eighteenth century, the small rural village of Hampsthwaite had it’s blind hero also, almost a century later – Peter Barker who became known as ‘The Blind Joiner of Hampsthwaite.’ Though there are some similarities between John Metcalf and Peter Barker’s lives, these are purely co-incidental and each fulfilled a life, character and career in their own right.
  • The Execution of Hannah Whitley

    Arsenic Poisoning in Hampsthwaite - The Execution of Hannah Whitley In 1789, Hannah Whitley of Hampsthwaite used a pie as the delivery medium for a fatal dose of arsenic, with the poison concentrated in the crust. She claimed She had been coerced into the act of poisoning by her employer, a local linen weaver named Horseman, who was involved in an on-going feud with the intended victim.
  • Jane Ridsdale

    JANE RIDSTALEAged 33 years, born at Hampsthwaite, near Harrogate, Yorkshire, her height is 31 ½ inches.She is remarkably chearfull & enjoys very good health.Published July 1st 1807 by Jane Ridstale, at Harrogate where purchasers of this Print will have the opportunity of seeing and conversing with her
  • Joshua Tetley

    Joshua Tetley was the founder of Tetley’s Brewery in Leeds, and he retired with his wife Hannah to Hollins Hall on the outskirts of Hampsthwaite (Hollins Hall Retirement Village).
  • Scrubbers and Stones

    SCRUBBERS & STONES - Sat 29th June 10.30am - 2.30pm - Entry FREE! Explore the Memorials at St Thomas a'Becket Memorials Treasure Trail - for children if all ages Self-Service / Self-Checkout BBQ from 12 noon (inc. veg option) Food £2, Drink £1, Donations? - yes please! Hot & Cold Drinks Laptop & Screen to show Mapping Hampsthwaite’s Past Use a Bucket & Brush to help reveal Inscriptions on the older memorials . . . or just Sit & Enjoy CORPUS CHRISTI BRASS BAND . . . from 11.30am . . . followed by Afternoon Tea & Cakes at the Memorial Hall!
  • Hampsthwaite Open Gardens

     Hampsthwaite Open Gardens - Sat 29th June 12.30am - 5.00pm - Entry £5.00 (accompanied under 15's FREE) Tickets on the day from Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall Plant sales - many named varieties of plants Delicious homemade refreshments Afternoon tea and cakes served from 12.30pm at the Memorial Hall
  • Genealogy Websites

    Free genealogy websites will help you start your family history research at no cost as listed by the 'Who Do You Think You Are' magazine.
  • Kitchen Refurbishment

    Memorial Hall kitchen is now completely, and expertly, refurbished by Neil,Batty Builders Ltd as a result of a grant awarded by the National Lottery's 'Reaching Communities' fund.See also the equivalent
  • Amy Woodforde-Finden

    A highly successful composer of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras, Amy Woodforde-Finden, together with her husband and step-son, is laid to rest in the churchyard of St Thomas à Becket Parish Church. Inside the church there is an impressive marble monument of her, created by the renowned sculptor George Edward  Wade. It was unveiled in 1923 and a few years later, Finden Gardens in Hampsthwaite was named in her honour.[Click on title or image to link to articles]
  • Amy Woodforde-Finden Centenary Events (1)

    Amy Woodforde-Finden : re-enactment of her memorial unveilingA wreath was laid on the white marble recumbent figure of Amy to mark the centenary of its unveiling in April 15th 1923. Click on images to open full-size in new window and use the Browser back arrow to return to here.  
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Information about Hampsthwaite

Mapping Hampsthwaite's Past

Residents may have seen others wandering around our churchyard with cameras, clipboards and, occasionally, even scrubbing brushes! Some have also been kind enough to compliment the PayBack Team on all the good work they are doing there to keep the grass trimmed so we can read the various inscriptions - some of which reveal both heart-rending stories and, in contrast, some very interesting uses of our English language!

This activity has made possible our completing the St Thomas a’Becket Burial Ground Project to the point where the work thus far can now be made public and viewed.

Mapping Hampsthwaite's Past
Mapping Hampsthwaite's Past
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Link to Felliscliffe and search as for St Thomas a'Beckett

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  • If you or know someone who would like some help with using your smartphone, tablet or laptop, then why not pop along to our Coffee, Click & Connect sessions held each Wednesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm
  • Contact Jo on 07710 660799 or email for Coffee, Click & Connect
  • If you or know someone who would like some help with using your smartphone, tablet or laptop, then why not pop along to our Coffee, Click & Connect sessions held each Wednesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm
  • Contact Jo on 07710 660799 or email for more information.

Nidderdale Greenway Extension

There has been an ambition for at least 25 years to have a path – the Nidderdale Greenway Extension - from Harrogate through Nidderdale to Pateley Bridge and as far as Scar House Reservoir. The current Greenway opened in 2014 from Harrogate to Ripley and is very popular with walkers, cyclists, wheelchair users and horse riders of all ages and abilities.

Hampsthwaite Parish Council supports the project overall and an action
-group, Hampsthwaite Pathfinders, has been formed to seek ways of realising the ambition - at least within our surrounding area initially.

Such work will always require public support - both in terms of hands-on help and to give weight to any applications for grant funding. To this end, we 
are now asking local residents for your views through a brief (2 min.) survey which is available both online at and can be downloaded below - please return completed paper versions via Sophie’s Corner Shop or Sophie’s Coffee Shop.

[Note: Of immediate concern is that the Horseshoe Path which connects the Greenway to the bottom of Clint Bank has become virtually impassable. The local action group, Hampsthwaite Pathfinders,  has made some progress to seek a solution - more of this to follow.]
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We are seeking ideas for how we might extend the facilities at the Memorial Hall. We are clear there is a need for better storage of some items and an enhancement of back-stage facilities to support our excellent Drama Productions.

But we are asking now for your support to include an area where people can engage in practical craft activities such as: Repair Shop, Men's Shed, Antiques Restoration or just a general practical hobbies area for all ages.


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Hampsthwaite is designated as a Conservation Area and the area to the north and west of Hampsthwaite is recognised as an Area of Great Landscape Value

The village has a mixed population of approximately 1200, living mainly alongside two main streets and within a more recent housing development, who enjoy the benefits of a close, mutually supportive community and access to a wide range of facilities. These include a Village Room and the Memorial Hall for larger events, post office, shop, and Joiners' Arms.

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Change of Times: STARTING AUGUST 3rd

The Mobile Post Office service for Hampsthwaite will now call at the Memorial Hall each Thursday afternoon between 13.50hrs and 15.05hrs

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Visit our History section for more information on Hampsthwaite past.

"A History of Hampsthwaite" - a series of books written and published by people in Hampsthwaite, and covering many aspects of village history, is now available for purchase - click here or on the book cover for more information

An Interactive Map of Hampsthwaite is available which provides links to database entries on many locations in the village.

Hampsthwaite CE Primary School is at the heart of the village and the focus for many community activities.

Link to Hampsthwaite in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The entry includes a comprehensive listing of other sites relating to Hampsthwaite obtained by clicking on the Map sources for Hampsthwaite link at the bottom of the page.
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Heritage Gateway

This website allows you to cross-search over 60 resources, offering local and national information relating to England’s heritage.

Just enter Hampsthwaite into the Search Box to uncover a listing of the records available which relate to Hampsthwaite's local heritage.

Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Online

Recording and Communicating Yorkshire's Industrial Heritage - this searchable database of Yorkshire's industrial heritage includes some references to places and people in Hampsthwaite.

The aim of YIHO is to provide free web access to information about Industrial Heritage Sites within the historic county of Yorkshire. YIHO is a fully searchable database, that has been developed by a group of Industrial History Societies, and which aims to provide an on-line repository for members' knowledge, photographs research notes, audio, and sound recording of industrial sites, artefacts and processes.

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The National Library of Scotland has an online 'Map images' resource you can access and view all the maps they have scanned as high-resolution, colour, zoomable images. The maps date between 1560 and 1964 and although relate primarily to Scotland they also have maps of areas beyond Scotland, including old maps of Hampsthwaite.

The easiest way of finding material relating to any particular location is to use the Find by Place search tool. Note also that there is also a Side by Side tool which enables you to view an old map alongside a modern view to compare them.

Link to to see street maps of the village and surrounding area.

Link to Google Maps to see street maps, get directions on how to get here and search for local businesses.

Link to Flood maps enter your Post Code to see where the Environment Agency estimates there may be floodplains if the river rises above its banks.

Link to CalverleyInfo is dedicated to the collection and free publication of all historical and genealogical information pertaining to Calverley Parish and the surrounding district and villages - including Hampsthwaite.

The original Hampsthwaite village web site remains as an archive and may still be accessed by clicking here