Sunday, 30 August 2009

Demolitions & Development 2

Market Place 17 C window

Gazette caption: A 17th century window in the Market Place, Guisborough, which may shortly be replaced by a modern building. It was used as a shop until recently It is hoped that should alterations be made to the property the window may be put on view elsewhere. On the left of the picture are Coun. Tom Pallister (chairman of the Urban Council) and his brother, Mr George Pallister.

WDB: I knew this shop before 1914-18 War. It was called “Kipper Pybus’s shop”.
(This photocopy shows it in the 1930s when the shop was occupied by Sowerby.)

Evening Gazette 26 April 1960.
“Guisborough’s old-world face is to change a little again soon. What was once a trio of stone-built houses that have latterly been a shop and a dentist’s surgery in Westgate are to be hauled down to be replaced by a modern grocery store and offices.
The demolition will see the removal of this early 19th century bow window, one of the few remaining windows of its kind.
But at least that part of the building might be saved, for Moores Ltd, who are to rebuild on the site, have offered the window to the Castle Museum, York, and they are ‘very interested’.
Another pair of old world windows in Westgate were also taken to the Castle Museum and they have been incorporated in a Victorian-style post office in the ? –street, York. It will be officially opened next Monday by Sir John Wilson, Keeper of the Queen’s Stamps.

Three views of the site.

New House, Stokesley Rd.
Plans approved for Brown House at the West End of Guisborough in 1909. Occupied by the Robert family who manufactured and sold an adhesive called Gloy, in Middlesbrough?

“Old Mine Earmarked for Golf.

Cleveland County Council has smiled on a plan for a golf course at Guisborough.
The proposal by the Trustees of the Guisborough Estate this week went before the Development Control Committee. It is for the construction of a clubhouse, car park and 18-hole course on 114 acres of land known as Chaloner Quarry and Chaloner Pit off Wilton Lane.
The committee was told that the site, once used for an iron ore mine, had later been filled by tipping and was being reclaimed as agricultural land.
Use as a golf course fitted in with overall planning intentions, said the county planning officer, who recommended support for the scheme. Reservations were expressed about traffic that would use an entrance at a sharp corner on Wilton Lane. The project still has to go before the Langbaurgh District Planning Committee.
Mr Andrew Argyle, of Strutt and Parker, Northallerton, agents for the Guisborough Estate, said, “Around 60% of the reclamation work on the land is complete, but afterwards the ground has to be left to consolidate.
The plan is a long term project which if approved will develop in stages.”
D & S Times, 3 Aug. ’85.

Church Lane (Vicars) estate
on the Fair Field, east of Redcar Road

Ian Nairn in the Architectural review, December 1969:
"OUTRAGE Guisborough, Yorks, N.R. A mindless splatter of new houses on the edge of an attractive town, and in a superb setting, next to the Priory ruins (arrowed) and immediately under the escarpment of the North Yorkshire moors."

Battle of Guisborough 1642

See John Walker Ord’s History of Cleveland, p 63.

Housing development site off Church Lane (c 1967) was cited by Ord as Wars Field. In the early 20C, (pre 1914) was called the Fair Field – occupied near entrance of s. end of Redcar Rd by visiting fairs. When being developed a stone arch (culvert?) was destroyed by bulldozer (near present new garage) and this was near the Pound which was in the corner of the Grammar School field. See map. Was the ducking-stool in this field? See Ord re ‘trenches’ on 1856 OS map. A parish field?


A postcard and two views, one from the road and the other from the garden, prior to demolition in 1966 for conversion to Works Depot of Guisborough UDC.
Built 1859. Destroyed by fire in 1868. Rebuilt as shown in the above pictures.
In 1818 the Glebe House was stated as “unfit for residence, being a small cottage” (near the Mermaid Inn).Site given by Captain Thomas Chaloner RN which may explain the initials on the stone. It was found in the rectory grounds and placed on the verge near the Foundry on the opposite side of the road.


John James Pybus’ joiners workshop demolished 1968, - the house on the right had a keystone above the door with initials and a date:


- and developed as Boots Chemist and a local branch of the York County Savings Bank.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Demolitions & Developments

19th C. Developers

Guisborough: new dwelling houses built between 1854 and 1880.
WP Baker – Fortunate that these details are available.

1854 Walker’s Buildings (now Walker’s Row)
1861 Census 37 or 39 in row
1855 Union Street (Owner: Robert Walker. Also owner of Walker’s Buildings)
1856 West Row, Belmangate (Owner: Isaac Scarth)
1856 Moore’s Buildings, Belmangate (Owner: William Moore)
Lawrence says 4½” walls. 1861 Census 15 houses
1857 Cleveland Place, Belmangate (Owner: William Watson)
1857 Cleveland Street
1857 Child Street (offshoot of Cleveland Street)
? Hermann Howcroft
1857 Cross Street (offshoot of Cleveland Street)
10 houses 1861 Census
1874 Auckland Street (Adjacent to Workhouse)
1877 South Street
1877 George Street (off Cleveland Street)
1880 Bennison Street (near Auckland Street)
1875 Bolckow Street (Owners: Bolckow Vaughan and Co) Later styled Pease’s row.

Other small properties

1856 “Mill Garth” – Mill Street ? 50 houses in rate book.
1856 15 houses in Westgate owned by James Bird.
These may be the houses in Bird’s Yard and the 2 on the front.
(See Ord’s History of Cleveland p.225)
1877 Hewitt’s Buildings.

1856 According to the Rate Book there was a shop at the Toll Booth
Also there after 1870 ?

Robert Walker 1840 and 1849. Currier in Church street.
Owner of Walker’s Buildings and Union Street.
Not in 1872 Directory
Isaac Scarth 1840 and 1849. Tailor, Westgate.
Owner of West Row, Belmangate 1856.
1872 he’s in Market Place and I.S. Jnr., tailor Bow Street
Wm Moore Not in 1840 or 1849 Directory
Wm Watson Not in 1840 0r 1849 (many other Watsons)
1857 Owner, Cleveland Place, Belmangate
1872 “Mermaid”, Market Place
Hewitt’s Buildings 1877
Wm Th Hewitt (1872) Grocer, etc. Church Street.
Jas. Bird 1840, 1849 and 1872. Gent., Westgate
Ord mentions him as Relieving Officer for Union (£90)
Was he also Medical Officer?
1866 Bird’s Yard (Westgate)

From Rate Books

1854 Old Chapel Yard – 14 houses
1854 Stone Quarry, Highcliff (Wm Byers)
1854 Walker’s Buildings
1868 Albion Terrace – Robt Walker
1855 Cleveland Place, Belmangate
1858 Cross Street (off Cleveland Street)
1863 Foundry (Providence St)
1874 Auckland Street
1877 South Street (nr Thomson St)
1877 George Street (off Cleveland St – N end)
1877 Hewitt’s Buildings – back of Northgate NW
1867 Chaloner Terrace – Northgate E side opposite Quoit Club
1880 Bennison Street
1856 “Mill Garth” 50 houses
1856 Bird’s Yard (15 houses incl Westgate – James Bird.
1875 Bolckow street
1874 Chaloner Street – surely earlier than 1874. More likely after Railway commenced ?

19 houses in Patten Lane

Development Belmont Farm site
Evening Gazette Mon 28 Dec 1989

Star gazer Russell Grant has backed campaigners fighting to stop further house building in Guisborough.
Townsfolk are worried about plans to build on the 30 acre Belmont Farm site, sandwiched between Belmangate and the Whitby Lane estate.
Outline planning permission for the development is expected to be applied for next month.
Campaigner Mr Alan Mackuin of Rievaulx Way, Guisborough, said Russell Grant had telephoned him with a message of moral support against the development.
Support is also being given by the Council for the Protection of Rural England after Mr Mackuin contacted its president, film maker David Putnam.
“Russell has given us a morale booster although his main concern is protection of the old county boundaries. He said to contact him again if he can help.”
Meanwhile residents in the town are proposing to set up an association to ward off any plans to build on the site.
They argue that the town has developed enough and it will destroy a natural beauty spot and walkway.

Evening Gazette 15.2.88:
Residents fighting to stop more homes being built in Guisborough are today up in arms over dismissive comments by a local councillor. Cleveland County Councillor Dave Punshon, who represents the town, upset home owners on the Whitby Lane estate with suggestions that they cannot win their fight to stop a development on Belmont Farm. Tonight Guisborough Town Council has called a public meeting in Sunnyfield House, starting at 7.30, over the issue. Mr Frank Atkinson, for the residents said Councillor Punshon “was not representing the views of the people.” Councillor Punshon will not be at the meting.

Evening Gazette 17.2.1988:
Job-hungry Teesside needs the controversial estate being planned for Guisborough, it is claimed. And protestors against moves to develop 35 acres at Belmont Farm have been urged to get heir facts right. There is widespread public concern in the town that 300 homes are to be built on the site, putting an added strain on local resources and causing traffic chaos. But builders Leech Homes say they are proposing to build between 180 to 200 executive-style homes on the site. They claim the high quality houses which would currently cost up to £70,000 are needed to attract business men into Cleveland. The developer’s land planner Gerald Choat said in the past one of the problems of attracting business to Teesside had been the lack of executive homes. People often went to North Yorkshire to find the sort of environment they would enjoy. It would be one aspect of attractive jobs to Teesside. Leech Homes are applying to Langbaurgh Council’s planning committee for for outline permission to develop the site, currently owned by the Trustees of Gisborough Estate. The issue was expected to be discussed by planners tomorrow but chief planning officer Derek Maud said it will now be raised at a later date. “We are not in a position to put it before the committee as we are awaiting responses from the County Council and others,” he said. Mr Choat said Leech Homes had been in discussions with planning officers for more than nine months. He added that it would be a well landscaped development with low density housing. It would include three and-a-half acres of public open space. Mr Choat discounted any plans to use Butt Lane as an access which would come via Enfield Chase And, to a lesser extent, part way down Belmangate. A public meeting in Guisborough called upon planners to reject the proposal and fight a public inquiry if needed. Mr Choat said he was concerned that there was a lot of misinformation circulating about the proposals. Facts needed to be checked out by the protestors.

Evening Gazette 17/2/88
Block it! That is today’s clear message to Langbaurgh Council from hundreds of angry residents fighting to stave off yet another housing estate for Guisborough.
They gathered in force last night at a public meeting in Sunnyfield house called by the town council. Unanimously they agreed to call on Langbaurgh Council’s planning committee to reject outline planning permission for Leech Homes to build on 35 acres at Belmont Farm. The meeting heard that up to 300 homes could be built on the site. The planning committee meets on Thursday to consider the application and already Tory and Alliance councillors are joining forces in a bid to vote it out.
Last night’s meeting agreed the plans should be fought all the way, even if it meant going to a public inquiry. However, that could prove costly for Langbaurgh ratepapers. The borough council would have to pay compensation to the land owner if it won because the land is currently earmarked for house development in the Structure Plan. Langbaurgh has already asked Cleveland County Council to remove the land from the 1991 Structure Plan and a motion last night by resident Mr David Mitchell congratulated them on such a move. He added that the council must be urged to reject the plan “which in the light of their previous decision is patently ridiculous” as they have effectively agreed house building in Guisborough must stop. Councillor Charles Angel said when the original Structure Plan was drawn up in the seventies the town’s facilities were designed to cope with a population of about 10,000. Since then the population has doubled with new estates growing around the edge of he town. This new development would add a further 1,500 people, he said. There is concern that it would overburden leisure facilities and the schools which are already struggling to cope with the size of population. And it is feared it could cause traffic chaos on Belmangate, Whitby Lane and Enfield Chase. An action group was set up last night and meets in Sunnyfield House on Thursday evening after the planning committee has made its recommendation. Spurring them on is the battle cry from one resident who said: “This is own town—let’s keep it nice and keep it as it is now.” Cleveland County Councillor Duncan McReddie whose ward includes Belmont Farm, today urged residents to face reality.
Development: Sewage fears
D&S Times 17 Dec 1988

Sewage fears hold up homes plan at Guisborough

Mounting concern in Guisborough that the town’s facilities are not keeping pace with its growth was highlighted by Langbaurgh planning committee on Wednesday.
Members were considering an application for housing development following the demolition of St Paulinus RC Church, its hall and presbytery in Park Lane.
The church authorities are acquiring a site for a new church at the junction of Rectory Lane and Enfield Chase.
The planning officer, Mr Peter Wilson, recommended approval despite town council concern that the development should be deferred until facilities were improved.. He said this reason was unlikely to stand up to appeal.
Coun Mrs Betty Bradley said people in Guisborough and Skelton were worried by evidence of inadequacy and possible overloading of the sewerage system. She said a recent independent report indicated considerable raw sewage pollution of he Guisborough Beck. This had been going on for several years.
“I’m not against the relocation of the church but we must surely take stock of the situation now,” she said. “We can’t keep on building without knowing if this old sewerage system has reached capacity. It’s now crunch time.”
Mr Wilson said that as part of the consideration of the Belmont Farm application involving 250 homes, the council had asked the Northumbrian water for its views. It had no objection as far as the sewerage system was concerned. “It accepts that it will have to improve the quality of the effluent discharge, particularly in view of recent government and EEC legislation, but it doesn’t accept that there is a capacity problem at the Guisborough works.
Coun Chris Abbott said the water Consumers’ panel had been advised that subject to cash availability, the NW work which would take the Guisborough sewage to the long sea outfall at Redcar was likely to go ahead, possibly by 1991, but that Langbaurgh should continue to press for it. He said NW claimed it had carried out two surveys of the beach at Saltburn and the becks and had come to conclusions which differed rom those of the independent survey.
The borough engineer, Mr Frank Horsley, said Guisborough beck was really a ditch for effluent which had been treated at the town’s works, d that the short outfall at Saltburn was the source of sewage getting on to the beach.
Coun Jack Dyball said that if there was pollution, then housing development at Guisborough should be halted. “We can’t take this lightly if we are getting pollution right the way down he coast,” he said.
It was agreed to defer a decision on the application for consultations with NW.


A visit would be made to 131/135 Westgate where Crossley-Ferguson Ltd had applied to change a former joinery workshop to a builders’ and plumbers’ merchants, including trade and retail sales.
Mr Wilson said the firm claimed there would be a maximum of 100 vehicle movements a day with about 20% by the public. He said there had been a long-established use an there was no way of getting an alternative access without demolition of properties in Westgate. The applicant had outline plans for improving the site’s appearance and meeting other local objections.

Dwelling Houses built between 1854 and 1880
WP Baker, MA, Tutor WEA Classes in Guisborough, under Adult Education Centre, Leeds in the 1950s.

1854 Walker’s Buildings (Walker’s Row) Demolished 1975
1854 Union St. Owner Robt Walker.Also of above. ‘Union’=Workhouse=Union of Parishes
1856 West Row, Belmangate. Owner Isaac Scarth
1856 Moore’s Buildings, Belmangate. Owner Wm Moore.
(Walter Lawrence said 4½” walls) Demolished 19??
1857 Cleveland Place, Belmangate. Owner Wm Watson.
1857 Cleveland St, demolished 1978 (Rebuilding 1983) 1857 Cross St, an offshoot.
1874 Auckland St, adjacent to Workouse
1875 Bolckow St. (Bolckow Vaughan & Co – later styled Pease’s Row
1877 South St. 1877 George St. off Cleveland St. Demolished 19??
1880 Bennison St, near Auckland St

1856 “Mill Garth” ... Mill St? 50 houses in Rate Book
1856 15 houses in Westgate, owned by James Bird = Bird’s Yd and 2 on front. Demolished 19??
1877 Hewitt’s Buildings. 1872 Directory WT Hewitt, Grocer, Church St.

1856 (and later) A butcher's shop at the Tollbooth

1873 Rate Book, Oct 1873, Item 417 Clev. Cty. Archives
Mermaid Yard (owner Watson Dixon), Occupiers:
Thomas Webb (house), Wm Pretty (house), Jno Baker (shop).
Hardy’s Yd, next to Black Swan – candle manufacturer – Daisy Armstrong remembers being taken there as a child to see candles made.
Poynter’s Yd. Richard Ord (currier) owner of 8 cottages there. His sister married a Poynter.

Robt Walker 1840 & 1849. Currier in Church St. (Walker’s Row & Union St) Not in 1872 Dir.
Isaac Scarth & I.S. Jnr. 1840 & 1849. Tailor, Westgate. Owner of West Row, Belmangate, 1856.
1872. He’s in Market Place, and Isaac Scarth Junior in Bow St.
Wm Moore Not in 1840 or 1849 Directory. 1856 Owner of Moore’s Bldgs. Not in 1872 Dir.
Wm Watson Not in 1840 or 1849 Dir. (Many other Watsons). 1857 owned Cleveland Pl, B/gate.
1872 ‘Mermaid’ Inn, Market Place. see above
Jas. Bird 1840/1849/1872 – Gentn Westgate. Ord mentions him as Relieving Officer for Union (£90 pa). Was he also Medical Officer? 1866 Bird’s Yard (Ord p 225)

Executive homes plan for Guisborough is thrown out
Darlington & Stockton Times Sat 23 April 1988

The controversial housing plan for Belmont Farm, was rejected at a special meeting of Langbaurgh planning committee on Thursday.
The decision to refuse the Leech Homes application to build up to 200 executive style houses on the 30-acre site was made in face of the recommendation of the council’s chief planning officer, Mr Derek Maude, who said on planning terms he could see no justification for refusal.
The overall proposal, he said, presented a very satisfactory development for the southern part of Guisborough.
He said the additional six acres required by the applicant, which was outside the structure plan, was to provide an acceptable main access by way of Enfield Chase.

Town council celebrates
Guisborough councillors celebrated their victory over the building of a controversial housing estate on Thursday.
A meeting of the town council heard Langbaurgh planning committee had voted unanimously against the Leech plans for the Belmont Farm area.
The town council was instrumental in launching the campaign against the development.
Councillors congratulated the action group for its work, but Coun. Pam Bosworth warned that this victory was only the first step.
She said Leech planned to appeal and said the town should stand firm.
She added: “If we succeed in this we will stop any new housing development in this town.”
Councillors decided to write to Leech and Lord Gisborough, who owns the land, asking them to give up the fight for the estate because of the amount of feeling against it.
They also agreed to write to Mr Richard Holt, MP for Langbaurgh.
The full committee met the applicants and objectors – Guisborough town council and representatives of the action group formed to fight the development.
The meeting then adjourned to the council chambers.
Mr Gerald Choat, lands director for Leech Homes, said it was a very attractive scheme which also recognised the shortage of high quality housing in the area which could help in the regeneration of Cleveland prosperity by attracting new companies.
He said there were no technical reasons to suggest that it would increase the traffic flow and Leech would be improving the footpaths and providing a three-acre recreation area within the development.
Coun. Charles Angel, vice-chairman of Guisborough town council, said the Belmangate carriageway would be inadequate as little had been done since it was a drovers’ road.
“This development just isn’t in the interests of the people of Guisborough,” he said.
“The traffic situation is already a nightmare.”
The action group chairman, Mr Peter Allen, said the town had altered greatly in the past ten years and facilities just couldn’t cope with this additional housing estate.
Coun. Arthur Taylor, moving a refusal, said he feared the price, particularly in landscape value and the safety of the people, was just too high.
“The impact of the development on the environmental quality of the area is unacceptable,” he said. “The facilities in the town haven’t even caught up yet with the population increase and the sewerage system would certainly be inadequate to cope with this increase.”
Coun. Beatrice Lythgow said it would be sacrilege to spoil one of the most beautiful sites in the area.
It is likely that Leech Homes will appeal to the Secretary of State against the decision.

Guisborough as they see it in 2001.
Fewer housing developments, less traffic and more open spaces is how councillors would like to see Guisborough by the year 2001.
At a meeting of Guisborough Town Council last week councillors discussed the environmental section of the new Cleveland County Council structure plan which is being drawn up to plan the future of the county until the year 2001.
Coun. Ian Alexander said he was concerned that there were no green open spaces near Guisborough set aside in the plans to remain free from development.
It was also pointed out that there was no mention of the long-awaited town bypass in the plan, which would help to take a lot of traffic away from Guisborough and so enhance the environment.
Councillors decided to write to the county council and point out that they would like to see less housing development and a bypass to improve the environment of the town.”
D & S Times, 20 Dec. 1986

Gill Street: probably a Mays photograph. Sepia. Bolckow Street in the background.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Crosses and stones

Hob Cross
As in the case of Ruther Cross the word cross is probably a misomer. The initials RC are those of Robert Chaloner, Lord of the Manor in 1798. Hob is the name of the Cleveland Sprite who is connected with local legends.
It is situated at Tidkinhow Head (NZ61 65/13) Percy Cross, site of.
Boundary stone erected by Robert Chaloner on the site of Percy Cross.
In 1856 Captain Thomas Chaloner made a perambulation of his manor and his initials and the date were cut under the earlier initial RC.

Captain Chaloner succeeded to the estate in 1855, so he took his manorial duties seriously, giving due notice of the Perambulation, being accompanied on the day by his Steward, his Flag Bearer and other followers.

This stone was destroyed during the Second World War and formerly stood on Percy Rigg at the point where the Lounsdale Road branches off the Hutton-Kildale Road (NZ 61 61/12)

Stone with a leprous past (Evening Gazette - no date)

Mrs Vera Bulman looked at this piece of old stone standing on the side of Hutton Road, Guisborough, and said: “I doubt whether one person in fifty knows what it is. And I don’t think many people living on this Hutton Estate realise that the site was once an old leper colony.”
She pointed to the three-foot high Leper Stone which warned people visiting the unfortunates in the colony not to go any further. “They would then leave food and messages near it,” “
Mrs Bulman, mother of five boys and a daughter, and a former resident of Newton-under-Roseberry, feels that the stone is too vulnerable and might become the victim of vandalism. “It must be donkey’s years old,” she said. “And certainly it dates well back into the 13th century.”
The stone at present has only the small wooden fence erected by Guisborough UDC. Already it shows signs of damage. “And it will not last two minutes when the new school opens a bit further up the road,” said Mrs Bulman.

Only a legend? More likely to mark junction of road leading to Ruthergate (c. 13c).

Ruther Cross
from Ramblers’ Riding by A. Falconer.

“Ruther Cross helped the medieval traveller to take the correct turning up to the Percy Cross Road which linked the Bruce estates of Guisborough with Westerdale. Second cross, Percy Cross, marked where the road to Percy Manor house at Kildale left the Rigg road.”

See also Alfred Armstrong’s article on Ruthergate – Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society Bulletin.

Standing on Hutton Lane to the NW of the Council Housing Estate opposite to the Newstead County Infants School. (now Highcliff Primary 2003). This has been erroneously described as the boundary of a leper colony where food was deposited. To the S of the stone there is a well-defined “gate” or “way” leading towards the escarpment and the moors beyond. The name Rogergate appears in the Guisborough Priory Charters and Rechergate occurs in an agreement between the Prior and Richard of Hutton, c 1237, which defined the right of pasturage. So this could be a boundary stone to the “cattle way”. Further signs of antiquity occur in the discovery of Roman coins in “Rothergate”. See “The Romans in Cleveland” by F Elgee 1923.


Extract from Deed of August 1884 refers to a certain stone marked with the letters NT and S and placed 50 yards on the west side of a gate on the road leading from the said moor unto the said farm to a certain stone marked with the letters SK and G standing on a certain How or Hillock called Hob on the Hill on the Hill towards the west. (NR Record Office).

Above stone found in the Rectory grounds, 1966, and placed on the verge near the Foundry, on the opposite side of the road.
Handstone, top of the bank west out of Commondale, at the junction with the North Ings track.

Stump Cross
Evidence for existence of a Cross at Stump Cross
ZDU – North Riding County Archive Office.

item folio Langbaurgh Wapentake Court Rolls.

3 8 May 1621 Sandwathe

29 May 1621 At the Western exit from Gisburne, John Morley Steward

19 June 1621 At Deare Close noke

4 June 1622 John Morley Steward. Before suitors.. at the west end of

Gisburne at the Cross there.

131 36 17 Mar 1628/1629 (?) at Helm Cross in the lordship of Gisburne.

40 7 Apr 1629 at Wyndle Hill in the lordship of Gisburne

44 26 Apr 1629 Sandwath Lordp of GisburneMay

47 19 May 1629 At the Cross ...West end of Gisburne

51 9 June 1629 Deare Close newke ... lordship of Gisburne

132 33 8 June 1630 Cross W end Gisburn

36 29 June 1630 Deare Close newke .. etc.

133 32 10 May 1631 Sandwath

36 21 May 1631 Cross W end Gisn.

134 27 7 May 1632 Sandwath

28 29 May 1632 Cross W end of Gisborne

135 28 26 May 1635 Sandwath

28 16 June 1635 Cross W end of Guis.

29 7 July 1635 Dere Close Nooke

136 31 3 May 1636 Sandwath

33 24 May 1636 Cross W end of Gisn

35 14 June 1636 Dere Close Nooke

137 11 1637

138 32 28 Apr 1646 Sandwath

141 13 23 May 1648 Sandwath

16 13 June 1648 W end of Guisborough

4 July 1648 Deereclose

142 81 22 May 1649 W end of Guis.

144 80 16 May 1652 W end of Guis.

145 76 14 June 1653 W end of Guis.

146 41 13 June 1654 Court Baron adjourned to this date. W end of Guis.

147 23 23 May 1654 ‘West Gisbrough’

148 31 22 May 1655 W end of Gis.

149 21 do W end of Gis. (separate paper)

150 67 10 June 1656 W end of Gis.

151 28 do (draft roll)W end of Gis.

152 23 20 May 1657 W end of Guis.

153 25 24 May 1659 W end of Guis.

154 23 5 June 1660 W end of Guis.


1 July Langbaurgh at Deare Close Style. Ct Baron of Henry Marwood,

Bart. Chief Bailiff of the Liberty of Langh, there held by

adjournment at the mansion house of Ralph Burton in


155 8 June 1708 At Stump Crosse adjourned to Wilton.

26 June 1708 Deareclose Style. Ct Baron at the mansion house of

Ralph Burton in Guisborough.

12 June 1711 Stump Crosse. Ct Baron RB’s house at Guisborough.

14 June 1715 Stump Crosse

9 June 1719 Stump Crosse Ct Baron at John Walker’s house in Redcar

1719 Dear Close Style. Ct Baron

19 May 1747 Sandwath Ct Baron Thos Sanders’ house in Gisborough

9 June 1747 Stump Cross. T Sanders’ house as above

12 June 1770 Court Baron

11 June 1771 Stump Cross Ct Baron of Wm Marwood

11 June 1776 Stump Cross Ct Baron of Wm Marwood

10 June 1777 Stump Cross Ct Baron of Wm Marwood

ZJB. (3.1.64)
Guis. Grammar School & Hospital, 3 May 1710:
Ralph Burton,yeoman, witness to a lease to Mr Garth of Bolam.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009



(April 1980) Mr and Mrs Lockwood (Née Roberts-Bradley) of Pine Hills, Cleveland Park, Guisbro’ have a grandfather clock with P. Salomans (sic) on painted dial.
In the curve above the clock face, a hunting scene, two dogs after one rabbit; and a dog in each corner.
‘DM’ on L side of clock frame.
‘M’ on inside of door frame.
The Lockwoods have a piece of wood with the initial ‘MW 1713’.
Guisborough Church Register: Philip Saloman, Jeweller, had a son baptised in 1864.

Clockmakers - Guisborough

Yeoman - 1699-1700 - 2. movement only, solid brass dial, one hand G/father, mahogany, brass face, one hand only. 4# between nos. Rope pulley 24 hrs

Havelock, George - 1700-30
Rigg, John - 1750
Rigg, Thomas - 1760
Unthank, George (Stokesley 1840) - 1822-34
2. 1840. In Bapt Reg 1829 – a child of his.
Wilson, Thomas - 1807-34
G/father, mah. case, plain face, with day of month indicator, chain wind.
Wilson, John & Thomas - 1840 - 2. 1840.
Belt, Thomas - 1822-41 - 2. 1840.
(Two John Riggs – J Rigg Junr. Paternity Order. M’bro Archives PRGU 1/9)
Rigg, Cuthbert - a joyner, buried 3 March 1724
Rigg, Cuthbert - (Lord Gisborough)
Havelock, George - 1750 - clockmaker (Parish Registers)
Yeoman, William - 1759 - clockmaker (Par. Regs.) – 1748 a daughter baptised
Rigg John - 1757 - clockmaker (Parish Registers)
1798 - “Havelock for clock” Ch/Warden’s a/cs

Act of Parlt 1698 required every CLOCK DIAL be signed with maker’s name and place of abode or Freedom. 1st along base of dial plate below circle. By 1700 either side of numeral VI or engraved immediately below centre of dial. From 1720 on domed nameplate in or below arch. On enamelled or painted dial below numeral XII.
James Wilson of Askrigg, d 1786. Celebrated Wens. c/maker. Made brass dials and engraved. Two of is sons came to Guisborough. One 90 and one 80!
3 of Wilson’s clocks @ Marske Hall, home of the Huttons, descd. of Abp of Yk.
Mrs Mitchell (West Garth) has a Wilson.
One at Ad. Chaloner Hospital? Belt?
A clock at Wharton Arms, Skelton?
Mr G Farrington, Ch Sq – a Yeoman clock.
Note – Lord Gisborough’s clock? Cuthbert Rigg – See Parish Reg.
See Ron Fowle of Upleatham who has a Rigg clock.

Timely words
Newspaper cutting
Think of old father time (meaning clocks that have been ticking away the hours for centuries) and you are bound to come eventually to Mr Thomas H Cummins of Kensington Road, Stockton.
Mr Cummins has written to me following the note the other day about Mr Arthur Myerscough, of Stakesby Road, Whitby, whose 245 year old grandfather clock has stopped and refuses to start again despite some restoration work.
Some of Mr Cummins clocks have recorded time since the seventeenth century. In fact Mr Cummins maintains that the Whitby clock is nothing exceptional.
He tells me: “In 1960 I owned a fine long-case clock in marquetry case by Richard Browne of London, which was made in 1680. And only last year I exported a one-hand clock to Sweden that had been made by Rigg of Gisbrough (old spelling).
“Another one-handed clock I had was by Havelock of Gisbrough, 1700-1730, and I now have several fine clocks over the 200 year mark.”

George Havelock: Clock dial engraved, (1700-50?)

George Havelock is recorded in the parish registers in 1748 and 1750 as a clockmaker.

The above clock face bears the inscription ‘Havelock Gifbrough’. The case is modern and the clock is in the possession of Councillor Stewart Clarke of 6 Church Street, Guisborough. (new flat above shops on S side, 1969 opened a sports shop in Redcar Rd, 1971 moved to Ch St). The four sub-divisions and the engraved device for the half-hour indicate that it was originally a Lantern clock fixed in an elevated position. An entry in the parish registers for September 2, 1748, records the baptism of “William, son of George Havelock, Clockmaker”. There are no Havelocks as clockmakers in Baines 1832 Directory or in White’s 1840 Directory; but there are Havelocks as tailors in both these directories. So we may assume that it is an eighteenth century grandfather clock. Another entry in the parish registers in 1750 records “George, son of George Havelock, Clockmaker”. In 1748 also in the registers, mention of another clockmaker: “Catherine, daughter of William Yeoman, Clockmaker”.
William Yeoman, a clockmaker, buried in 1759.

On 21 March 1833 Robert Havelock applied to the Overseers for clothing and £5 to emigrate to America. Clothing granted. £5 to be paid when he arrives in America.
? 13 October 1836: Robt Havelock applied for a pair of trousers. Allowed cloth to repair them. Did he stay in Guisborough?
1841 Census: Hannah Havelock, Independent. Living alone.
In 1757 Thomas, son of John Rigg, clockmaker, baptised.

In the 1823 Directory there are:
George Unthank, Clock and Watchmaker.
*Thomas Wilson, Watchmaker (& Ironmonger).
*Thomas Belt, Watchmaker.
*Also in White’s 1840 Directory.

Philip Saloman, jeweller and Clockmaker, in Guisborough, Cleveland
(see note re Mr and Mrs Lockwood (Cleveland Park))
1861 Census Return
Philip Saloman, Jeweller (Master)
Age 46
Residing in Bow Street, Guisborough, on the east side below the bank. Married. Wife’s name: Jane
Philip Saloman born in Solton Hanover, Germany.
They had a boarder living in: Thomas Russell, age 20, described as a Watch Maker (Assistant).
1864 Feb 7 ... Parish Register – Philip had a son. Wife: Margarite Elizabeth – did he re-marry?
Check Guis. Par. Reg. on microfilm – Archives, Borough Rd, M’bro.
9 Decr. 1982 Researching today at Cleveland County Archives Office, Borough Rd, Middlesbrough, noted that Philip and Margrett Saloman had a daughter baptised in Redcar Church on 2 February 1868. Philip described as ‘a travelling jeweller’ – (will he appear elsewhere in the North?) (The infant was buried on 24 September the same year.)
Notified Mr and Mrs Lockwood of this.
1841 Census (Aug 1983) –
Philip Saloman, 25, Hawker. F (circled) Foreign.
Jane Saloman, 40, Ag. Labr, Born Yks.
Noted also a Walter Lockwood, chemist of Redcar, had a son Joshua baptised 3 Novr 1870. Wife’s name Jane.

Old Clockmakers of Yorkshire, NV Dinsdale, Dalesman Pub Co, 1946.
North Country Clockmakers, 17/18/19C., C. Leo Reid, Newcastle, 1925.
A History of English Clocks, RW Symonds, King Penguin, 1947.
Watch and Clock Makers of the World, GH Baillie, 1951.

John Rigg, Clockmaker, and Jane Trotter were married 15 January 1726/7. John Rigg died 1761. Parish Registers. See Ralph Ward's Diary, p200.

Rigg clockface

Rigg gravestones. There are five Rigg family gravestones in the churchyard.

John Rigg, inventory
John Rigg, inventory typescript

John Rigg, Will
John Rigg, Will typescript

More Clerical

Puritan Clergy
The Puritans and the Church Courts in the Diocese of York, 1560 1642.’ R Marchant, Longmans, 1960.

1642 WILLIAM WARD, MA, Univ. Coll. Oxford 1586 (ages 19) See Lady Hoby’s Diary – ed DM Meads. Perp. Curate and preacher at Guisborough. Mentioned 1615/1618/1624 in ABs, recusants being referred to him for conference. MA. Not the Ward of 1616. Will proved 1632.
1621 JOHN WARD BA, of Emmanuel (Cantab). Ordained Deacon 1621 as assistant at Guisborough and Licensed Preacher. Was perhaps William’s son and also a puritan.
1650 ROBERT REMMINGTON. Minister at Guisborough 1650 and allowed to continue despite general ejection of formerly sequestrated ministers. 1627 – 3 April – committed to pursuivant’s custody. Examined. Released on bond, submitted 40/- costs. 1629 cited again. Denial. At Whitby 1624/38. Smeaton 1628/40. Licensed Preacher 1624. Lockington 1639-47 (ejected by Parliament).
1650 THOMAS WOOD. Deacon 1607. Priest 1608. 1609 Visitation – preaching unlicensed at Marton in Cleveland and Middlesbrough. Cause dismissed. Ordered to wear a surplice and use sign of cross in baptism. 1629 – cited to answer charge of unlicensed preaching at Hackness; absent; excommunicated. 1632 Visitation, inhibited until licensed. 1632-33 Chancery Court – non-attendance, two months later absolved. Non-attendace one month later. Suspended in July. High Commission 1633. Submitted to Archbishop and promised conformity. 1619 “of Acklam, Hackness”, 1623. Perpetual Curate 1633 on nomination of Sir TP Hoby. Minister at Guisborough 1650.

In neighbouring parishes –

At Stokesley
JAMES ALDERSON before High Commission 4/6/1629 – 4 days in custody. Preached whilst in custody. 20/- costs. To acknowledge privately before Commissioners his abuses against parties he had wronged. (p225)

Also at Stokesley
Wm KAY c1639. Became Royalist during Commonwealth, ejected 1660. Late a Baptist 1653 and published at London “Baptism without Bason, or Plain Scripture proof against Infant Baptism.”

At Westerdale ROGER TODD, Deacon 1632, Priest 1632-36. Schoolmaster and Perpetual Curate Rosedale 1631. Conformed at Restoration and Licensed perpetual Curate at Westerdale 1660. There in 1682. (1632 Visitation – not reading Litany every Sunday, psalms instead of Canticles.)


"I have been at Guisborough and examined into the Statement delivered by Mr. Clarke on behalf of Robert Challoner Esq. with a view to claim certain Lands comprised in my Report containing 988 acres to be exempt from Tithes under the Grant of Edward the 6th and have endeavoured by comparing the parcels contained in the Grant with such information as could be procured to ascertain whether such claim is well founded. On the investigation Mr. Clarke gave up 107 acres of the best part of the Land. The remaining 880 acres is bad Land half of which is covered with Wood and Ling, he Tithes whereof in my Report are estimated at £67.4s.6d. per Year. Of this 880 acres it appears from ancient Title Deeds and oral testimony that there are certain Lands called Roundhills, Allanby Close, Westerhigh Close and Swarthy head which from the description, there is reason to believe are the same parcels mentioned in the Grant by the names of
a r p*
Swarthy hedee 2. 0. 0
Roundhill with Raghill 30. 0. 0
Allanby Close 50. 0. 0
Westerhigh Close 20. 0. 0
102. 0. 0

but there does not appear to be any other parcels mentioned in the Grant that can be identified to form part of the said 880 acres
The Swarthy Head contains by Survey 23a.2r.0p, and the Roundhill, Allanby Close and Westerhigh Close, Mr. Clarke says contains 200 acres.
It does not appear that any correct boundaries of these parcels are known and it is presuming too much to say that what is described in the Grant as 2a.0r.0p. contains 23a.2r.0p. or that the other parcels are double the quantity contained in the Grant.
Rt. Clarke has endeavoured in his statement to show that the Tithable Land was surrounded by an ancient fence with a double Ditch or Mound of Earth, and that the Stones set up by Mr. Challoners late Agents are in that line, but there is not any Evidence to prove that the Tithable Lands had any such boundary, and there have been double Ditches and ancient mounds of Earth in other Lines of Fence, as well as where the Stones are set. I incline to think that the Line where the Stones are placed has been the boundary of the ancient open Town Fields of Guisborough and does not by any means determine the limits of the Tithable Land. It will be recollected that the boundary Stones wee put down by Mr. Challoners Agents as they pleased, and the same Agents who furnished a Rental of the Rectory property that they knew was fictitious. It appears to me on examining the parcels in the Grant that Mr Challoner would have considerable difficulty in showing an exemption to the whole of the 2000 acres, not taken into account by me. And under all the circumstances if an allowance of £12.10s.0d. is made for the before mentioned 102acres I am of Opinion he will be fairly dealt with.
Jn Borver
5th August 1815

Robt. Scott Esq."

*Presumably acres, rods and perches.

1713 – ‘Spiritually Dead’ ?


1846 Tithe Apportionment Map

Tom Parratt formerly of Redcar and now living in Ulverston had a tracing of this. Some 470 fields, garths, etc. “several names given to various fields in 1846 are the names of occupiers as given in Ord’s Appendix M of the names (Tom P) collected from the Chartulary – hardly one had survived to 1846. Write up? ‘something about what Sir Thomas Chaloner received’ – relate this to 1846!

At Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, York – undated Terrier – ref. R III M – “That which belongs to the Curate of Gisborough is forty pounds per annum: paid by the farmer of the Tythes belonging to my Lord Archbishop of York”
Rich: Lumley, curate
Robt: Wilson
Geo: Hudson

Tithe Award 10 July 1844 – R X III 66 1L. Map by Wm. Simpson at the Borthwick.

Wesleyan Reformed Church
Guisbrough Exchange’ 18 April 1873

“A branch interest of Wesleyan R. Ch. Of Brigham Street Chapel, Middlesbrough. First service in Club Room at Temperance Hall. 23 March 1873. Public tea on Monday: Mesdames Bowes, E Wilson, WD Wilson, Tait, Collett, Colman.”

Bulmer’s Directory 1890: “The Wesleyan Free Church or Chapel of the Reformed Wesleyans, is a neat little structure of brick, with buttressed front, erected 1878 at a cost of about £500. Accommodation not large. Reeds (Reid) Terrace, Sunnyfield.”

Two buildings of this description:
1. W end of Reid Terrace behind Miss W Oliver’s house and opposite the telephone exchange buildings. (shown on OS Map 1894 25” scale)
2. A brick buttressed building (which looks comparatively new) to the rear of Sunnyfield House – NE corner of what used to be a garden. When Dr WW Stainthorpe lived there it was used as a laundry (to serve dwelling house and nursing home – the latter a 1930 addition, the lower part housing a billiard table).

There is now nothing remaining of the old chapel at the SW end of Reid Terrace. On the site is a bus proprietor’s garage, built 1972 when the chapel was demolished. This garage should not have been granted planning permission owing to its proximity to the adjoing dwelling house No. Reid Terrace and to the nuisance it causes to the S end of Hollymead drive. Owned by a former councillor (who had some leakage?/guidance on a legal technical point that the disused chapel had been used as a private garage – a very sad state. The owner (Miss Oliver or her brother) had the old place repaired and the application went through after which the lot was pulled down and the site covered by a commercial bus garage. No consideration of owner-occupiers having their properties devalued or of traffic or fire hazards at the point where vehicles converge – Hollymead Drive/Reid Terrace which takes in the stretch from Carmel Gardens to Northgate, not to mention turn-offs into Westgate Road, Hedley Street and Gill Street.

Whitby Gazette 12 Nov 1887
Stockton Bankruptcy Court. Dobson Wilson, tailor’s cutter, Guisborough – depreciation, property speculation. Liabilities £924. £114 for dividend. Along with eleven others responsible for two sums of £400 and £50 on account of Weslyan Reformed Chapel. £50 of latter paid off. Claim on his estate for remaining £50.

Monday, 17 August 2009


Salvation Army

General Booth visits Guisborough during his Motor Car Campaign of 1904.
Note the old frontage of the Mermaid Inn, with Mr Johnson standing at the door of his grocer's shop to the right of the inn. Next door is Mr Bewick's drapery shop.

The General is seen acknowledging his reception as he passes down Bow Street.
Salvation Army
Lillie’s History of Middlesbrough, p 402.

‘War Cry’ 19 Jan 1935 – Opening of New Hall in Westgate. 55th year. 1973 – Appeal for extensions.
1880 Corps established in Guisborough. 1881 at Middlesbrough. General Booth ... “much opposition and a rabble of 300 attacked with rotten eggs ... several free fights broke out.”
Salvation Army: Guis. 1879. Capt Arthur Malthouse founded. 1881 Gen. Booth visited Guis. Also B/master Tye founder of SA Band. Services still held in tent? Even after 2 years?
(per Valerie Ditchburn)

Wesleyan - A Charity 1867

John SMALL bequeathed a legacy represented by £624/18/- Consols. Annual income £15/12/4d for Poor Members of Wesleyan Methodist Church n Guisborough. His tombstone in the churchyard. Something towards upkeep of table-tomb now vandalised. And the Charity Ask about his.

Wesleyan Chapel, Westgate, guisborough, erected 1811, demolished 1963.
One writer described the chapel as ‘an imposing edifice of red brick with freestone facings’. This somewhat flattering statement was probably inspired by the view of the frontage from Westgate. The western side as shown on this (Evening Gazette) photograph is plainly utilitarian. The narrow approach from Westgate is the obvious reason for the facade.

Wesleyan Missionary Bazaar, 20 Sep. 1837

Sermons 1929
The General goes to hear John Wesley
In 1788 Ralph Jackson of Normanby “called on Mr Chaloner where Genl Hale invited me to go with him to hear Rev John Wesley preach extempore for half an hour, which he did in a yard near Mr Harrison’s house ... an excellent and affecting Discourse on ... ‘His commandments are not grievous’”.

John Wesley visited Guisborough nine times. The first occasion presented a pastoral scene: he preached to “a lovely congregation in a meadow near the town”. That was in 1759. In 1761 he had to contend with some opposition in the market place: “There was so vehement a stench of stinking fish, as was ready to suffocate me, and the people roared like the waves of the sea”. Cottage meetings were held until 1777 when a small chapel was built on the north side of Westgate which gave the site the name of Old Chapel Yard. Today there is only Wesley Villa and the yard has gone, cut through by the new road from the top of Gill Street to Northgate (1970-71). In 1811 a new chapel was built to the east of the yard and this chapel was demolished in 1963 when the UDC purchased the site.
On his final visit in 1788 he left his umbrella which has now found a place in the Wesleyan archives in London.

The “Ebenezer” Chapel of the Congregational Church, built in 1811, unpretentious as befitting a small country market town. Note how the two rainwater downcomers give an unintentional pattern to the frontage.
Then compare with the embellishments added in 1903.

The organ was installed in 1906.

Memorial window to Joseph Wright, Bow Street tailor. (Mrs Wright was owner of 41 Redcar Road which the Mercers rented.)

John Baskerville (cf Baskerville typeface) engraved tombstones. Lettering (crude) of village masons, but some fine l/c letters with fine serifs.
See Oxf. Companion to Eng. Lit. p69.

Greear Garth Quakers
formerly Scarth's Yard
In Grace Dixon's handwriting:
20 Feb. 16yr of Chas II = 1676

Deed of Gift from J Hudson (Skinner) to J Walker of the messuage in W’gate.

1687 Agreement between Tobias Hooper and John Walker for renting a chamber garrett in a house in W’gate.
1687 Agreement. Room to be kept for Quaker community, and not for use of heirs of Tobias Hooper etc, for their own use, (or sale ?)
26/3/1689 Deed of gift of messuage in W’gate from C Postgate to J Walker. NB. This was a confirmation of Hudson to Walker. (Walker paid £4 rent)
1689 J Walker (Skinner) to Michael Gill of Scaling. Lease and Release. Except one room or garrett for the Quakers.
3/3/1712 R Gill to Sara Postgate. Lease and Release. SP paid (£)89-12 + £9-12 in arrears of rent due in John Walker’s time + £3-12 for interest. Messuage, house or tenement – west end of W’gate, “excepting one roome or garrett in the said house now used by the People called Quakers for a meeting house or Place of Assembly.”
(There is reference here to a contract between M Gill deceased and John Walker.)
A bond to perform covenants in the deed.
28-29/11/1721 S Postgate to Rd Walker. Lease and Release.
RW paid £130. “Excepting one room or garrett in the said house now used at the east and thereof by the People called Quakers for a Meeting Room or place of Assembly”. Formerly belonged to JW and sold by him to MG, and since by RG his son and heirs conveyed to the said SP, together will all and singular houses, outhouses, workhouses, brewhouses, barns and stables, orchards, yards, garths.
1764 R Walker (Yeoman) and his wife to R Jackson. (AP 27. No 33, 1764)
Lease and Release. RJ paid £120. Brewhouses were included. RJ ensured a right of way out to the main street.
1765 Agreement between RJ and RW and Mary his wife. RJ paid RW £60. RJ was plaintiff. This is described as a fine. (Writing very difficult)
“messuage and cottage and bar, 2 stables, one garden and orchards, 2 acres of land.” Rights of turbary mentioned! 2 copies of this.
1768 Book AS p.565 No. 850. Exchange of tenements between Jackson and Jowsey, etc. NB. Great detail in this document.
1802 CX p.128 No. 160. WW Jackson to J Pearson. £600 paid.
13/5/1815 EA 47/51. Joswey to Pearson. Pearson pd £45. Messuage lately occupied by Quakers.
J Peirson died 1855.
Peirson’s Trustees sold to Isaac Scarth. IF p.440 No. 612 or 7. £260.1858 Scarth to Ancient Order of Foresters. £300. IM p.369 No. 580. See this for which side Chaloner land was then.
Westgate topside, entrance to Scarth's Yard

Friends' Meeting House

Kildale Church
Registers from 1719. Previously included with Ingleby Greenhow. Maurice Lisle, Rector, 1708.
1723 John Nicholson. 1735 Wm Hide. 1769 William Leigh Williamson.

I remember walking over the moor to Kildale in the 1960s to see the Parson about his registers and the period when Mr William Leigh Williamson was also the Rector of Kildale. I met the incumbent (Mr Love)in the village street and introduced myself. He took me into the Parsonage with some difficulty because is arms were full of tins. ‘Bachelor’, I thought. I was right and I was wrong. A bachelor, yes! Also a lover of cats. Hence the tins. Momentarily forgetting what he had invited me into his house for, he flung open the door under the stairs and exclaimed, ‘Look at these!’ I saw a litter of kittens. After that we got down to the records. W.B.

Loftus Church Papers
Church Wardens’ A/cs – Fox’s heads 2/6 and 1/6. 4 soilemarts 1/-. (At G’bro only one entry re catching moles: Geo Page 2d).
Loftus have a wooden cutter for making bread cubes for sacramental use.

Mr Simpson, Rector of Loftus, showed me these in the 1960s.

"Newton Chappel"

27 families. 1 dissenting family – Presbyterian. “I do not reside personally ..... have no Parsonage House. I reside at Guisbrough where I teach ye Grammar School. My Curacy being only about £13 a year. The late Archbishop was pleas’d to dispense with my non-residence. About 50 communicants. (Curate) William Husband.”
Abp Herring’s Visitation Returns 1743.

"Northern Catholics. The Catholic Recusants of the North Riding
of Yorkshire.
1558-1790”. Hugh Aveling, OSB. Chapman. 1966.
+ some comments by WB.

p21 - 1569 (year of rising) “monuments found at Guisborough”.
p23 - 1575 “a Guisborough man was found using a Latin primer in parish church”.
p30 - Michael Tirry a lay schoolmaster of Aysgarth “was for three years master of Bishop Pursglove’s newly-founded school at Guisborough. In June 1571 he was before the High Commission and confessed ‘that he did favour the religion…now set forth’ and willingly offered to swear to the Thirty-Nine Synodal Articles. He was dismissed with an admonition to take his scholars regularly to church…In 1573 he left Guisborough for York. In 1575 examined by the High Commission and found to be a stiff papist”.
p32 - Miles Lodge of Guisborough wanted by the High Comm. in 1593 And said to have fled way…Possibly same ML oif diocese of Yk who entered the English College inn Rome two months later. Died there.
pp37-40 - Robert Pursglove. (see GGS History for general outline on RP). Received a substantial pension and prior’s demesne manor of Ugthorpe (after dissolution). Remained an active ecclesiastical administrator in York throughout the turbulent years 1540-53. See note on his ordinations for Abp of York: 1547 and 1551-3. A limit to his adroit conformity? 1559 deprived. 1561 founded GGS. Why so belated a reparation in Guisborough? Do you think the 12 mile limit of Ugthorpe cut him off from Guisborough?
p48 - 1575 William Allen, curate of Guisborough was accused of having said that the Pope was head of the Church and not the Queen. No smoke without fire here?
p84 - Rebllion of 1569. Some Guis. rebels executed. (Barry has names of these.)
p95 - Tocketts family. Worth checking information on pp 95 and 96 against WB’s account. Also pp 102, 180, 211, 268, 313.
p160 - In 1592-3 Thomas Clarke, an apostate priest “has said mass at Egton, Mulgrave and at Mr Tockett’s house at Tocketts.

I think there are some figures on p 343 giving Quakers and Catholics but I’m uncertain about Guis. figures being there.

On p 270: a puzzle? “In 1632 Thomas Challoner gent and his wife were recusants at Guisborough.” Would this be Sir Thomas Chaloner’s cousin, also Thomas, who came from Ireland in the early part of the century to manage the alum workings?
See Turton’s “Alum Farm”. (in the Library)

Northern Rising 1569, 26 Jan.

“Cleveland Prisoners to be executed in Cleaveland tomorrowe. To be executed at or nyghe Gisburgh – Of Gisburgh James Hill, Hewghe Stoker.
(Also 2 at Ayton). – Booklet “S Joseph’s, Stokesley” 1972.

James ROGERS. Gravestone in Churchyard. “Preacher of the Gospel” 1809.

Also Rev. Joseph HUTTON, Wesleyan Minister “who rendered faithful service to the cause of Christ for more than half a century.”

Primitive Methodist Chapel 1907

There was an earlier chapel than the one shown here. It was built in 1860 in Chapel Street, a cul-de-sac off Chaloner Street. It is now used as the Guisborough Unionist and Conservative Club.

A society was formed in the 1820s but it languished, being revived in 1847. The chapel built in 1860 cost £425 (they were not as affluent as their Wesleyan “brethren”). But they cherished the ambition to get into Westgate and after 47 years they bought some cottages and erected the building shown here. Inside it was admirably suited to serve their purposes and is said to have been built around the choir! The cost was £4000 – they had caught up with the Wesleyans.

After the demolition of the Wesleyan Chapel on the other side of Westgate the PM Chapel became the Methodist Church.

Described by Professor Pevsner as “unforgivable”.

Class certificate of a member (Sarah Hoggartt) who attended for devotional study under a class leader, August 1867. Emily E Brelstaff’s grandmother.

Class certificate of a member (Sarah Mercer) who attended for devotional study under a class leader, February 1886. Sarah Hoggartt (1. above) married William Mercer.

Class certificate of a member (Annie Mercer) who attended for devotional study under a class leader, May 1910. Annie Mercer was aunt to Emily E Brelstaff (née Mercer).