War Memorial

War Memorial

Two people from Grewelthorpe were killed in action during the two World Wars. Their details, war grave information and links to information about their service is detailed in this article… .. read more..

Leonard Lonsdale

Leonard Lonsdale

A group with connections to Grewelthorpe visited the grave of Leonard Lonsdale in September 2011. Leonard was born and brought up in one of the cottages in Wapping, Grewelthorpe. He went to the village school and was a typical local lad. .. read more..

Houses in 1939 Register.

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The Canadian Emigrant.

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French War Escape Hero lived in Grewelthorpe.

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A Racehorse called Grewelthorpe

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Fingerfield farm Grewelthorpe

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Electoral Registers Grewelthorpe

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Robbery in Grewelthorpe 1849

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Brewers & Innkeepers of Masham and surrounding area.

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WW2 Bombers crash in area.

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William George Leathley

Two local residents have visited The Thiepval Memorial to pay their respects to William George Leathley who was a casualty of the first day of the battle of the Somme. .. read more..

Edgar Chapman

Edgar Chapman has been recognised for a simple act repeated each year until his death in 1952. He simply helped to keep the Leeds Pals memorial in good order. .. read more..

Houses in 1911

Some of the houses in Grewelthorpe as shown on the 1911 census. .. read more..

Grewelthorpe 1911

In 1911 there were 111 inhabited houses and 6 uninhabited houses . There were 8 buildings which were not dwellings. e.g. The Church, Chapel, School, reading room. 2 Butcher’s shops and Fruit shop & outbuildings. .. read more..


There have been a number of directories over the years which list trades people living and working in Grewelthorpe. .. read more..

Boxing Match

The match was to be between Jem Belcher, the English Champion and Joe Berks and lead to the Riot Act being read in Grewelthorpe. .. read more..

Workhouse Inmates

Workhouse inmates born in Grewelthorpe and nearby villages. Recorded on various census returns. .. read more..

War Time in Grewelthorpe.

War Time in Grewelthorpe.

World War 2 Village life. Researching in the local newspapers before and during the second World War we can see how the war affected village life. .. read more..

Calverley Diary

Extracts from Frederick Clarkson Calverley’s diary written in the late Victorian period. These extracts have been provided by Carolyn Waters and have been selected as they contain references to Hackfall and Mickley. .. read more..

The Royal British Legion.

The Royal British Legion.

This is an attempt to produce some form of history for the Grewelthorpe branch of the Royal British Legion. .. read more..

Time Line

We are lucky to have a wealth of early historical information on Grewelthorpe and Bramley Grange due in part to the involvement of Fountains Abbey. Here is a time line of major events in the village’s history. .. read more..

School History. Part 1.

Grewelthorpe National school started in 1876. .. read more..

School History. Part 2.

School History. Part 2.

Details of Teachers and Employees of Grewelthorpe School from 1876. .. read more..

School History. Part 3.

School History. Part 3.

Corporal Punishment in school and the effect of the war years .. read more..

Grewelthorpe Women at work.

The census returns show work available for women in Grewelthorpe. .. read more..

Beggars Bush Farm

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Grewelthorpe Reading Room

Grewelthorpe Reading Room

Grewelthorpe had a reading room and games room situated in an old cottage near Crosshills. .. read more..

Knights Templar

There is good evidence that part of Grewelthorpe was owned by the Knights Templar from the late 1200s up to 1312 .. read more..

Village Survey 1970 - 1971

In 1971 Grewelthorpe school produced a survey into the life of the village. .. read more..

Les Taylor - Oral History

Les Taylor describes his reminiscences of Grewelthorpe from the 1930s .. read more..

Evacuees. World War 2.

For a small village like Grewelthorpe a lot of children were evacuated to the village in World War 2. .. read more..

Cricket Club

We have information about the Cricket Club in Grewelthorpe from the diaries of Bert Jackson who was a keen player. Bert was the groom, handyman and chauffeur for General and Mrs Dalton who lived at The Hutts, Grewelthorpe in the early 20th century. .. read more..

School Play 1938

A picture of the school play 1938. The Cobbler and the Elves with names taken from the back of the photograph. .. read more..

Two boys killed by bomb.

On 12th July 1943 two Grewelthorpe boys, John Ashby & Alan Calvert, were killed by a bomb or other ordinance that they had found near the Village. .. read more..


Information needed about William Thomas Neave. .. read more..

Census Statistics

Grewelthorpe Census records provide us with many statistics. .. read more..

Old School & Village Photos

Memories of Grewelthorpe school. .. read more..

Nutwith in Grewelthorpe

People who live in Grewelthorpe are familiar with the name Nutwith .. read more..

Grewelthorpe Man

Grewelthorpe Man – A well preserved Roman bog body was found in 1850 on Grewelthorpe Moor. .. read more..

Masham Peculiar Court

5th September 1664. Between the hours of 9 and 11 in the morning in the Parish Church, Massam before Mark Hodgson, Clerk, Official or Commissary of the Peculiar jurisdiction of Massam in the presence of Francis Parker – notary public. .. read more..

Wills. 1700 - 1860

In the name of God, Amen, I Christopher Jaques of Fingafield House in the township of Grewelthorpe & County of Yorkshire, yeoman, being very old and weeke of body, but of perfict mind and memory, .. read more..

Roll of Honour WW2

Men & Women of Grewelthorpe School & Parish who served in Her Majesty’s forces in WWII .. read more..

Roll of Honour WW1

Inside St. James’s Church, Grewelthorpe there is a framed document called “The Scrap of Paper” It is a Roll of Honour of men who have answered their country’s call in defence of a Scrap of Paper. .. read more..

Churchmen of Grewelthorpe

A list of the Vicars and Methodist ministers. .. read more..


Grewelthorpe residents have never been slow to organise a party when the nation has been celebrating some great event like a royal wedding or coronation, or marking the end of a conflict. .. read more..

Bramley Grange

From the Domesday Book: In Brameleia 2 curacates (about 120 acres) of land to the geld (tax). There is land for one plough. .. read more..

Chartulary - Bramley

The Chartulary of Fountains Abbey is a 19th Century record of land grants and transfers. It contains detailed information about Bramley Grange. .. read more..

Water for Grewelthorpe

Up to the late 1890’s Grewelthorpe people had to rely on natural springs for their drinking water. .. read more..

Domesday Book

The Domesday Book was commissioned in 1085 by William the Conqueror and the first draft was completed in August 1086. Grewelthorpe is listed as “Torp” in a section of the book which lists all of Gospatric’s holdings. .. read more..


Records show that Grewelthorpe had a small Methodist Society of 11 members in 1795 which came into being as a result of the visits by John Wesley to this locality. .. read more..

A Brief History

What’s in a Name In the Domesday Book it is noted that the Saxon landowner Gospatric had 840 acres at TORP. Many of the older residents still refer to the village as Thorpe. .. read more..

Street Lights

Street Lights – The Parish Council agreed to pay for the installation the sum of £52-10s-0d in 20 half yearly instalments of £2-12s-6d on 31st December and 31st March each year. Also the sum of £2 per lamp in two equal instalments for each lighting period per year. .. read more..

Civil War Hoard

A hoard of coins dating up to 1644 was found at Ellershaw farm near Grewelthorpe in 1991. The hoard consisted of 302 silver coins including groats, six pences, shillings and half crowns. .. read more..

Grewelthorpe Pond

Grewelthorpe Pond

This postcard of the village pond is believed to be from the early 1900s. If you have accurate information on the date please let us know using the form below. .. read more..