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    1. Glenn Harland

      It is with sadness and regret that I have to inform you of the passing of a Grewelthorpe boy.
      My Dad, Maurice Harland passed away in Bradford on January 19th, 2018. He was 87 years of age. Peter and Claire Lofthouse were present at his funeral, as were the family and many friends Maurice had built up over the years. He will be sadly missed, but he, his wife, my brother and I spent many a happy day in Grewelthorpe.

    1. Marilyn Lupton

      I refer to Christine Steel’s letter regarding her father Bert Thackray born 7/2/1910 at Rodwell House, Pateley Bridge. He was my grandmother Marjorie’s (Madge)younger brother and sister of Nora, (twins).if you still have Christine’s contact details will you please pass my email address on to Christine as I would like to discuss our family tree further with her.
      Thank you

    1. Susan LaCount

      RE: John Graham b 1848/9 married to Isabella Teasdale from Masham/Colsterdale. I am descended from Isabella/John. Her son Robert Teasdale Graham was my great grandfather. I am interested in knowing who John’s parents were etc.

    1. Andrea Richardson nee Bain

      Hi My Dad Brian Bain has asked me to try and get contact details for Mike Hawkins as he has been unable to get in touch using the contact number he has. If anyone can point me in the right direction Dad would be very happy. Thanks in advance

    1. Sheila Douglas

      Many thanks to all who helped to put names to faces over the last two weekends!! The School Fair and the Gala were both very successful. Would still like to hear from anyone who has any school group photographs please, to add to our ever expanding collection!! Email: OR telephone 07860509783. Sheila Douglas (nee Mawer) Also Tel: 01765604106. Brenda Elwell (nee Mawer). Thank You.

    1. Sheila Douglas

      I would like to add to my previous notice, my telephone number: 07860509783. Any old school photographs would be great.
      Please come along to the school on 2nd July to see and add any names to our existing collection of over a hundred pictures. Sheila/Brenda

    1. Sheila Douglas

      My sister and I are wanting old (or more recent)Grewelthorpe school group photographs, as we are going to do an exhibition at the school in early July. You may have been to our exhibitions at Kirkby Malzeard over the last 4 years, and we would love to add your village to our collection. When we have a comprehensive collection we would like to display it on your village website for all to enjoy.

      So get looking through your cupboards and lofts! If you can send me scans of your pictures that would be great, if not I could maybe call and take a photo of your photo(s) or get it scanned if you would like.

      Sheila Douglas and Brenda Elwell

    1. Christopher Jordison

      is they any living decedents of Martha jordison and christopher jordison. Christopher is my 3x great granddad Martha would be my great step nana they had a daughter called May she had a son called bertie

    1. Key found in Hackfall woods today.

    1. Stephanie

      I am living in the house that Rowland Beck and his wife Annie M Beck built and lived in. The house is in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA. He is buried in Ferndale Cemetery, Riverview, Michigan. He passed away April, 1934

    1. paula atkinson

      I am trying to find information re my Grandfather
      Alfred Atkinson, born in Birmingham, and have recently found his father was Edwin Atkinson and his mother Alice Atkinson [ i think her maiden name was Knight ] Would appreciate any info or any living relatives. Thankyou

    1. Mary Ellen Bertkau

      Message from Mary Ellen Atkinson Bertkau: (Update)March 2015. I am researching my Atkinson lineage that began with a John Atkinson born about 1818 and married a Sara(h) Boyden both from Leeds England. John had a brother named Frank. We have set up a tree in under Atkinson/Bertkau. I’m having trouble finding either of their parents. Can anyone help.

    1. Barbara Blackburn Darby

      Looking for the Smith family from Wigan who settled in Grewelthorpe.

    1. Mr & Mrs Slater

      We are looking for a family house to rent or buy in Grewelthorpe. Should you be thinking of selling or leasing a property, please contact us on 07966573984. Thank you.

    1. P. Atkinson

      Hi I wonder if the person researching James Spence
      has a marriage certificate for his marr to Dorothy Mary Steel if so would it be possible to give me detail’s as she could be the Dorothy we have been looking for .Kind regards P.Atkinson

    1. P. Atkinson

      The John Atkinson born 1853 son of Thomas the Mechanic and Emma was still living on 1861 census
      they were in Osmotherley Regards P ATKINSON

    1. Ann Simpson. Jan 2012

      Re Suzanne Overton & Rosalind Mcallistair. I am researching my family tree and Robert Burton that married Bridget Lofthouse from Dallowgill were my Gt,Gt grandparents.I would appreciate any imformation they may have regards the Burtons.

    1. Fiona

      Saturday 12th November 2011.
      Crown Inn, Grewelthorpe.
      11a.m. to 3p.m.
      Stalls selling cards, gifts,ornaments, childrens clothing, preserves and crafts.
      Also turkey sandwiches, tombola & cakes.
      Contact Fiona & Andrew for more details.
      All proceeds for school funds.

    1. Barbara Bradley

      Have you ever fancied trying your hand at INDOOR CARPET BOWLS?

      The new season 2011/2012 has just started in Masham Town Hall.

      Every Monday from September to April. Afternoon session 2p.m. to 4p.m. and Evening 7p.m. to 9p.m.

      No experience is needed, full tuition will be given.

      No equipment needed and no special clothing apart from sensible footwear.

      This friendly club would welcome new members.

      Come along and have a go for free to see if you like it.

    1. Fiona and Andrew

      Village Lunch dates.
      The lunches are held in The Crown Inn.

      The dates are

      September 14th

      October 12th

      November 9th

      December 7th

      Hot/cold options and tea/coffee

      Come along for a social lunch with friends – bring a friend or just get together and enjoy other peoples company

      They are held in The Crown, Grewelthorpe starting at 12 noon and cost £5 for Lunch with Coffee/Tea.

      If anyone needs help getting there then please telephone Alison Kerr 658265 or Fiona Long 658986.

    1. Keith Whitfield

      I started work in the National Provincial Bank in Ripon Market Place in the September of 1946 and worked there with Mary Jowett until I joined the Navy in the spring of 1948. Towards the end of 1946, all three ladies who had replaced the men as they went into the forces during WW2, were dismissed. Very short-sighted as it left us with no typist and yours truly had to struggle with two fingers to type all the customers statements – I certainly learned the hard way! Mary was taken back and then sent on a typing course to Harrogate for a month. I remember during the shocking winter of 1947 she once walked to work from Grewelthorpe, arriving around lunchtime! I am saddened to learn of her death, but she had a good run.

      It was whilst working in 1946 that I met Eileen Ascough who then worked at the Electricity Showroom in North Street, Ripon, and we became good friends, “boy & girl” shall we say. I then lived in Bishop Monkton and every Sunday afternoon I ‘cycled to Grewelthorpe for tea! It was uphill all the way, but a good freewheel downhill on the return journey. Eileen eventually married Barney Cross who was in the horse racing world, and they moved away to Northumberland. The last time I saw them was in the Crown in Bishop Monkton in the early 1950’s. By coincidence when I was ill in bed a few years ago, and a bit of a radio addict, I was listening in the early morning to I think “Countryfile” and the lady was interviewing a man, when I realised that a lot that he was saying sounded familiar and when I listened to the credits at the end of the programme, sure enough his name was Martin Cross, a farrier. He must have been her son – what a coincidence! I tried to get a message through via the BBC to no avail.

      In my day I do not think that Grewelthorpe had a cricket team. I played for Bishop Monkton and in the immediate post war years it was all “friendly” village cricket which the introduction of the new leagues ended. We played at Masham and Wath but not at Grewelthorpe.

    1. Barbara Wood

      My sister Lily and I (nee Johnson) were evacuated to Grewelthorpe in 1941. We stayed with Albert & May Stelling at Willow Garth.I have written about our stay in a book by Henry Buckton called The Childrens Front. Lily and I remained in contact with our Foster Carers for some ten years but then lost contact with them. In 1984 Lily travelling through Yorkshire visited Grewelthorpe and was delighted to find Albert & May still living in the village.Sadly Albert died that year and Lily & I visited three weeks later to pay our respects at his grave and spend time with May. Since then both Lily & I and our families have visited the village and May has made many visits to Brighton.May is still living in Grewelthorpe in a bungalow opposite Willow Garth and I spent a lovely few hours with her in April this year. Looking out of her picture window across the pond to Willow Garth, what nosalgia!.A friend who drove me there his first words were “Barbara you must have thought you had died and gone to heaven when you first saw this village”. How true, Grewelthorpe was so beautiful in 1941 as it still is in 2000 and hopefully always will be.

    1. Olwen Bird (nee Frankland)

      Can anyone tell me where the Franklands originally came from before Grewelthope please? It sounds German and I am doing my Family Tree.

    1. Tony Rowley

      My father was an evacuee 1939 -1940 appeared on front page either yorkshire post or ripon gazette
      where can I get a copy of archive picture.

      Any help would be appreciated

      thank you

      tony rowley

    1. David Bradley

      The Albert Atkinson in the Grewelthorpe website is my great gandfather. He married Fanny Harker (b.1845). Their daughter Mary Ellen (1870-1865) married William Parker (1869-1957), a South Stainley gamekeeper. Their only daughter Edith Parker (1896-1986) was my mother. David Bradley, Vancouver, British Columbia.

    1. susan hartley

      can anyone remember a place called
      eurika house on bar lane knaresborough.i think my mother may have lived their in 1947

    1. John Cook

      John Cook’s memories of Grewelthorpe 1941.
      Hi, Whilst looking up Ripon Modern to see if they had any attendance records for this period, I came across the Evacuees story. I was 11 in october 41, and with Mum and Paul my younger brother, aged 4 we stayed with John Wood at the farm on the green ! I went to the Modern by bus, I remember a pal called Harland, Maurice I think, John Ashby so tragically killed after we found the mortar bomb on the moor, I was there at the time, just walking over to Wood’s when the thing exploded. John and a boy we called Belgie and I had been up on the moor and found this bomb thing, John was carrying it to the farmhouse and we were going to use his dad’s tools to open it up when his mum called him for his meal, we parted and there was this enormous bang. Such a loveley lad, a great pity, we had some great times, at Hackfall castle after jackdaw eggs, and in the river for trout, we set snares for rabbits on Woody’s back fields, a great time, then we left to live in Northern Ireland as dad was posted there.I also remember a girl called May Morley, Maurice used to chase her about but we were not allowed to tag on as we were too young!! We got real winters then and skated on the pond for weeks in winter,and sledged down the hill behind Ashby’s somewhere. My grandad Cook had a farm at Kirkby Malzeard, Biggin Grange, and we spent time there haymaking and potato picking etc., I am 79 now and live in Whitby, two daughters, two sons, and ten Grandchildren, Oh, and one great grandaughter very new!! Look forward to hearing from you, Yours, Jack Cook.

    1. Brenda Pullan

      I would like to hear from anyone researching the I’Anson line thro’ William I’Anson & Mary Carling. I am the Great Grand dau of John I’Anson their son born 1840 in Kirkby Malzeard. Please see the Genealogy section of this site.

    1. Suzanne Overton (nee Baul)

      re Rosalind Mcallister request for info on Burton family; I have a Robert Burton born 1810 Grewelthorpe in my tree; he married Bridget Lofthouse(1809-1884) from Dallowgill children William 1837; Martha 1841; Hannah1844; Maria 1845; and Sarah Jane 1851 -1940. The latter married John Baul and lived at Horsley Gates Aldfield.

    1. Himalayan Gardens

      Peter & Caro Roberts wish to point out that the invitation issued recently to all Grewelthorpe residents has the wrong day for the open evening of the Gardens. The invitation should read MONDAY 11th May 2009 from 5-30p.m. to 8p.m.
      Entrance will be by invitation only.

    1. Barbara Bradley

      Rose Hays would like to contact Peter Cockrill who also has an interest in Spence family genealogy. Would Peter please contact the site and we’ll put you in touch.

    1. rose hays

      my spence family are from grewelthorpe
      my2xg grandfather james was a cooper
      most of his sons were connected to the timber industry
      has any one any stories about them

    1. david watkins

      Tree Sparrows are in decline but still persist in small colonies in Yorkshire. Less likely to occur in towns and villages than House Sparrows, but still likely to be associated with old farm buildings and mature trees. If you see Tree Sparrows in your area I'd be pleased to know as I am researching historic and current locations for this bird in this area of North Yorkshire. Have a look at
      if you would like more info on identification, habitat and distribution

      David Watkins

    1. Mark James Atkinson

      I am researching my family tree and I have so far reached back to James Atkinson (occupation; Cordwainer)who was born in West Tanfield c1755. He married Elizabeth Garforth in 1795 at Well They had three children:Hannah c1796, Christopher c1798 and Elizabeth c1801.
      I would be most grateful for any information or help anyone could offer.
      Thank you
      Mark James Atkinson

    1. Barbara Bradley

      In response to Rosalind McAllisters request I have put a “Burton” page in the genealogy section.

    1. rosalind mcallister

      i am researching my ancestors the Burtons from Grewelthorpe can anyone help please. kind regards

    1. Douglas Lyth

      I am looking for the birth and marriage of WILLIAM ELLIS born in Neasham/Newsham about 1820.
      He married JANE EWART of Harewood in 1840.
      Their son WILLIAM was born in Middleton Tyas according to the 1851 census.
      Any information appreciated.

    1. Jim King

      I am researching the Berry surname in the area around Knaresborough. One of my decendants stated that the his Berry family originated at Hackfall Wood. Any suggestions would be greatfull…Jim King USA

    1. Howard Dalton

      I am doing some research into the life of Rev. James Dalton [1831-1862] only son of Cecil Wray Dalton. First vicar of Grewelthorpe. Some records state that Cecil was vicar from 1847 others from 1858. He was living in North Stainley 1851/61 and the parsonage 1871. Are any details known of his posts or occupation from becoming Curate of Dinsdale in 1831 to becoming vicar of Grewelthorpe.
      Your help appreciated.
      [See item on Genealogy page for contact]

    1. Barbara Bradley

      Howard Dalton would like to know the whereabouts of the church minute books for the period 1845-1865. Can anyone help?

    1. Mervyn Bain

      Merv Bain asks for information about any of the pupils who were at Grewelthorpe school with him from 1947-1954. If this was you please get in touch through this site.

    1. Barbara Bradley

      In response to Neil Howlett’s request for information about Beggar Bush I have placed a map of Grewelthorpe on the history site.

    1. Neil Howlett

      I am researching the place name “Beggar’s Bush”. I note that the 1915 Directory records “Thompson William . . . Farmer . . . Beggars Bush Farm.” I would be grateful for any other information about this entry. Where is it ? Is this now “Bush Farm” ? Are there any other records of this name ? Many thanks.
      Neil Howlett MA (Cantab)
      6 West End, Frome, Somerset BA11 3AD

    1. Nick Cushing

      To be updated of forthcoming events in Grewelthorpe, email us at and ask to be added to the mailing list!

    1. Joe Hart

      Lift to/from Ripon required.

      I am looking for a lift to Ripon at approximately 8am weekdays.
      I am willing to contribute to fuel costs.
      If you can help please contact me, Joe Hart on 01765 658436 or at 2 Church View.

    1. Vicki Jackson

      I have traced my family tree back to Grewelthorpe and I am hoping there are some Jacksons left in the area who can trace their ancestry back to the early 1800’s or earlier have been to Northallerton Records Office a couple of times but the more I visit the more confusing it gets, hope anyone can help

    1. Joshua Beresford

      Grass Cutting

      If you would like grass cutting services or other gardening jobs to be carried out by a hard working individual, don’t hesitate to contact Josh B on 01765 658098.

    1. Phil Holden

      Grewelthorpe Ecumenical Partnership on YouTube

      There’s a video of the day that the Church and Chapel joined in Ecumenical Partnership here.

      View Video

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