Sunday, 13 December 2009

Inns, Taverns & Public Houses

- now (1984) NatWest Bank. Bank took over the Cock in Decr 1875. Previously Bank premises started in 1835 at beginning of Northgate (now Meredith’s Confectioners) opposite to Black Swan.

Dinner at The Buck.
From A Month in Yorkshire, by Walter White, 1858.

“Having refreshed myself at the Buck, I took an evening stroll, not a little surprised at the changes which the place had undergone since I once saw it. Then it had the homely aspect of a village and scarce a sound would you hear after nine at night in its long wide street; now at both ends new houses intrude on the fields and hedgerows, the side lanes have grown into streets lit by gas and watched by policemen. Tippling irondiggers disturb the night with noisy shouts when sober folk are a-bed, and the old honest look has disappeared for ever. More delightful than now must the prospect have been in the early days and even within the present century, when no great excavations of ironstone left yellow blots in the masses of foliage.”

Masons Arms
At Stump Cross closed 1965.

Moorcock opened nr Chapel Beck Br 19—
(And replaced with apartment blocks abt 2002?)

Baines Directory:

Anchor, Belmangate,Wm Page
Black Swan, Westgate, Ann Shepherd
Buck Inn, Market Place, Mary Watson
Cock Inn &Coml. Hotel & Posting House, Market Place, Thomas Marsh
Fox Inn, Bow St, Wm Ord
George & Dragon, Market Place, John Scaife
Golden Lion, Market Place, Joseph Garbutt
Highland Laddie, Church St, Elizabeth Leng
King’s Head, Westgate, Edward Williamson
Lord Nelson, Church St
Mermaid (later Tap & Spile), Westgate, John Peart
Seven Stars Hotel & Posting House, Market Place, Thomas Booth
Ship, Westgate, Herman Howcroft
Sloop, Westgate, John Beadnall
Three Fiddlers (Three Fiddles), Westgate
Also in 1840: King William in Church St (Ralph Greathead).

Abbey, Redcar Rd
Chaloner, Northgate
Globe, Northgate
Miners Arms, Westgate, West End
Station Hotel, Chaloner St
Red Lion, Church St, (closed 1970)

Add: Masons Arms, corner of Child St, off Cleveland St (Westgate end).

Ord’s History of Cleveland, 1846 p 229: “Gisborough abounded in public houses when the alum works were prosperous and the sail-cloth manufactories progressed. The following were in Church Street:
Ralph Greathead’s, then the sign of the Salutation;
Elizabeth Lincoln’s, the Unicorn;
Robert Knaggs’, the Plough;
Jane Corney’s, the Chequers*
David Lincoln’s, the sign of the Black Dog.
These with the first exception, by decrease of trade and increase of morality have wholly disappeared, and are now occupied respectively by individuals otherwise engaged, and in one case by a shining light and chief apostle of tee-totalism!” Note Ord’s quip: Ord not a TT?
Old George Pallister (tailor) d. 196?, told me that the cottage in Church Square with
above the door was the Three Clubs pub at one time.

The Three Fiddles Inn 1758. From Ralph Ward Jackson’s Diary, p 152. ‘... Thomas Corney’s at the sign of The Three Fiddles’. (Middlesbrough Ref. Library)

Wright's Poems


What I am about to write,
Took place in Guisbro' one winter's night,
While in a tavern there we met,
A company of young men—set.

Their business was not more or less,
To have some game with cards, or chess,
And drink their glasses, all around,
At the "Ship" in Westgate they were found.

To spend their night so jovial there,
And of those pleasures have their share;
Now, many a drink their sweet to bitter,
And often lurch themselves in litter.

Some say they play at "beggar my neighbour,"
And some go home more drunk than sober;
'Twas not the case with Jonathan Price,
Who liked to play with cards and dice.

A stranger man came to the place,
Who to the company seem'd no disgrace;
He in the game now join'd a hand,
And all he had at his command.

For in it, he was so complete,
Won all the games, that very night;
On him they look'd with trem'rous awe,
And yet, did not the gamester know.

They set their eyes on him—aghast,
Now found the stranger out at last;
A cloven foot, beneath the table,
Caus'd one to leave as soon as able.

When he had dealt the cards around,
One slipt his hand—fell to the ground;
To gather't up—bent down so quick—
Lo, and behold! he saw old Nick.

He movèd fast now from his seat,
Resolvèd there no more to meet;
He'd now found out—it was an evil,
To play at cards, along with't devil.

Pray mind what I'm about to say,
Those who yet with them will play;
May be, in Jonathan's condition,
I should not like much, his profession.

Whether Drink or Tremens, I cannot see,
What caus'd him in this state to be;
It may be, Jonathan's imagination—
Occasioned by the drinking fashion.

My advice here is, keep out of evil,
Then we're sure to cheat the devil;
Which thing is right, and fair, we should,
And see our company be good.

Now, as for Price, and his assertion,
To all this I have great aversion;
On him it rests—if conscience clear,
I would not be on him severe.

We know the vanity of men.
Some know what's bad, and try't again;
It must be strange, to see such things,
But might been worse, if he'd had wings,

And flown away, with Jonathan quick,
We might imagin'd then—it was old Nick.
Thankful he felt, his life was spar'd,
Resolv'd, never to play another card.

You may give credit to it or not,
He no more is a drunken sot;
His former habits he has forsaken,
And of Christianity now partaken.

There sought pleasures, as he saith,
In holy writ, with Christ, by faith;
There is no doubt, but what he saw
Struck on his mind a wondrous blow.

'Tis forty years, and more, since he,
Did emptiness and folly see,
In things so foolish, where mankind
Expect their happiness to find.

Thus with King Charles the VI. of France,
For whom, cards were invented once,
Him to amuse, in intervals of pain,
I trust, therefrom, his mind was chang'd again.

As his was in the sequel of my tale, you see,
And so might all, who will their folly flee;
Now, my dear friends, the story's at an end,
I'll with it no more time expend.

Just this—his family told me the joke,
Himself won't of the matter talk;
For fear he should the Poet blame,
I've put him in a fictious name.

What shall I say, now, in the end?
Who practise these things, try to mend;
The like of this, we've heard before,
Pray keep outside the tavern door.


In the beauteous vale of Cleveland, Guisbro' stands,
So noted for its health, and pleasant fertile lands;
'Tis mountainous bound, on every side,
And all round, seems graceful as a bride.

Its walks are pleasing to perspective eye,
With songsters in the woods, and Spa close by;
Whose purity of waters, from the rocks that spring,
Alike are suited, for the beggar and the king.

Those who have prov'd the same, know fully well,
The Poet here, the truth in verse doth tell;
Now where the waters are so pure and good,
Reason will dictate, purity of blood.

The oxigen of air, which wafts in every breeze,
Then cannot but the connoisseur please;
Thus are we situate too, near Neptune's range,
Where now the scenery so grand, doth change.

(Rest missing)

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Family names Patton to Wynne


An Inventory of the Goods, Cattle and chattels of Mary Patton widow, late of Gisbrough deced as they were apprized this 24th day of Aprill, by us whose names are hereunder written

Imprimis –
In ye fforehouse one table and a fframe one cupboard ten little pewter dishes four pewter candlesticks two flagons one dozen of spoons with some other little utensils of pewter, two chaires, two stools, two Reckons, two paire of tongs one paire of bellows, one spit and one smoothing iron
In ye Parlour one bedstead with bedding to it one chest and one Wood forme
In ye Buttery two kettles, two pans and one iron pott, one milkpale, six dishes, 12 trenchers, six wood bowles, 1 churne
In ye Chamber one bedstead with bedding to it, one Chest with Linnen in it, one spinnen Wheel, one tub
One Cow, one heifer, one yearling Stirk
The Tenant right of her housing and Ground,
Her Purse and Apparrell

Total: £35/15/-

The Appraizers Names –
Thos Spencer
Thomas Lincolne
George Hindson
T: Spencer junr
24 April 1696


Memorial to Anne Pullan, on wall of S aisle, Guisborough Parish Church.
Marble tablet - black surround.

More research required on Edward Pullan – occupation, dwelling house, family.

to the memory of
Wife of Edward Pullan Esqr
And Relict of the late
Dawson Esqr of Azzerley Hall
In this county
Who died January 24, 1838
Aged 42 years.
Also sacred
To the memory of
Edward Pullan Esqr Husband of the above Anne
Who departed this life August 20, 1839
Aged 32 years.”

? A cholera epidemic? Check. Azzerley? 2 Dawson’s in Ord’s List of Subscribers.

Burial Reg.
Anne Pullan, 42 yrs, of Guisborough buried 1.12.1838 ??? see above
Edward Pullan of Skelton buried 23.8.1839, 32 yrs

On May 12 1974 visited Whorlton Church. Interior of Church of Holy Cross in the village. (Old church was Church of Holy Rood and a ruin – save enclosure for effigy*)
A wall tablet to Charles Pullan, son of Richard and Ann Pullan, d. 2 Sept. 1824. Aged 19.

* The wooden effigy in the old church is packed with charcoal as a preservative. Shirley knight has seen this. 12.5.74.
There is a peephole in the door which is locked.

PULMAN Alexander
vide Fairfax Blakeborough.
“… a quaint man, a farrier”. “On the Guisborough market day he could always be found, because of the fact that he daubed his clothing with some peculiar and strong smelling drug, making his presence and whereabouts quickly known.”


Eliza PUNCHER, wife of William Puncher, second daughter of robert and Eliza PULMAN of Guisborough, born 25th December 1794.

Tablet in parish church. Future research – bapt entry 25 Dec 1794, d 1865. Notes re Pulman family. Were they married in S Nicolas? Wm Puncher – occupation?


Gravestones in churchyard (W end of yard, near E end of church)
(The churchyard was drastically “tidied up” by UDC in 1961 – some stones resited, some broken)

John Rigg, Jan 28, 1704, His will 24 Jan, see also his inventory.
William Rigg, June 25, 1718.
Robert Rigg, Mar Ye 11, 1699.
Cuthbert Rigg, March 1, 1723, 43 yrs.
John Rigg, May 16, 1761, 55 yrs.
Also: Thomas, son of John & Catherine Rigg, 1762, 4 yrs and 6 mths.

20 May 1727 – Baptism of Frances, daughter of Sam Sherwood, Toymaker, and Thomasine his wife.


Letter of 3 Feb. 1983. Thomas Simpson’s:
As far as we know unrelated. The only one with a link with Henry Cross is Thomas Simpson of Nunthorpe Hall, who was a warden of the Guisborough Grammar School and Almshouses. d. 7 Feb 1848. Buried old churchyard, Great Ayton, aged 62.
The other two Simpsons were – the Rev T.S. (d. 1836 aged 72) of Ebberston, who solemnised the wedding of Henry Cross, and a Thomas Simpson who was Vicar of Helmsley for 26 years.

Letter of 22 Feb. A Mr Thos. Weatherill a subscriber to Ord’s History of Cleveland. ‘A man with this name was a relative of the wife of Henry Cross.’ (Ord’s History pub. 1843 in parts, 1846 in vol. ) Sent him a list as attached (see below).

Letter of 20 June, RBS.‘ … of Thomas Simpson at Guisborough (ie. as Warden) and as Vicar of Ebberston is a pure coincidence.’

Burial of Robert Stokeld of Chaloner St. Age 5 hrs. 14 Novr 1883

Check –
Stokeld family – see a/c of prosecution of …
who was treasurer of a Friendly Society

Did Joseph Thorn Stokeld take over the printing business of …

*lived in Chaloner St. Did he use old ground floor and upper storey behind present GPO (soon to be relinquished 1990!!! – present privatisation mania!)

*was occupied in 1930s by Tommy Wilson who was a milk retailer while WB and EB lived in Walker’s Row

Court Clerk’s £11,000
Newspaper cutting, no date
Mr John Dinsdale Stokeld, of Stonecourt, Yearby, clerk to the magistrates at a number of courts in the Cleveland area, a governor of Guisborough Grammar School, a former secretary of Guisborough Cricket Club who died on May 3, left £11.653 (£11,395 net. Duty paid £681). Probate has been granted to his widow Mrs Ivie Stokeld, of the same address, and John A Askew, solicitor, of 4 West Terrace, Redcar.

1881 Census: Joseph Thorn Stokeld, 15 Chaloner Street, (hse), 30, Printer, Master employing 3 boys. Born Byers Green, Co Durham. Wife Isabel, 21, born Alston, Cumberland. (Son Henry born 1880. d ?)
Burial 10 Sept 1884 – Iasbel Stokeld, Chaloner St, Church Regs. – burial: Robert Stokeld of Chaloner St, Guisborough, age 5 hours, 14 Novr, 1883.

Alan Stokeld buried in the graveyard of St Gregory's Minster, Ryedale.


One Charles Trevor of London had a sister who married Ralph Disraeli (a connection prized by the family). First Trevor in Guisborough was Thomas Tudor Trevor (1816-1872). Lived at Pond Cottage, Whitby Lane. Said to have left £40,000. 2nd Earl of Zetland had a nephew Thomas Lawrence Yeoman of Whitby and got him the job of Clerk of the Peace on condition that he appointed Thomas Tudor Trevor to the post of Deputy Clerk to look after things for him. For sidelights on his character, see the story of Guisborough Mutual Improvement Society). Made money doing legal work for the new railways mid 19c. Charles Trevor (above) had a son William Charles Trevor (1843-1919). Attorney as per brass plate (in Guisborough Museum). Lived at Overbeck, Guisborough. So it looks as though his uncle was keeping it in the family. Deputy Clerk of the Peace 1872-1889. Subsequently C of p and also Clerk to NRCC. Also Clerk to Justices.
From the collection of photographs it will be seen that he had 2 sons and 2 daughters. One son Charles Tudor Trevor (1878-1938) was a solicitor with offices in the Town Hall and was Clerk to the Justices and to the Commissioners of Taxes. (John Stokeld got his job as Clerk to the Justices in 1938.) The other son Charles Arnold Trevor, one photo of him as a soldier in the RAMC 1914 War. No occupation known. Interested in watching trains on Hutton Lane junction line. The daughters Maude and Rose, like their brothers, did not marry. Connected with church and charitable activities*. Rose went to Sidmouth and died there. Left Daisy Armstrong (nee Ward) £500 and custody of her diaries and other personal papers and objects (with “for the Trevor corner in the Guisborough Museum” written on the packet). Maud died in her Church Square house. Estate about £20,000. Bequest of £1,000 to Parish Church. Had previously paid cost of erecting Lady Chapel in the church in memory of her parents. Font also a Trevor memorial (earlier), a poor piece. Lady Chapel subsequently dismantled and font placed on site! A new Lady Chapel erected in top of raised roof of Chaloner Vault which was sealed up after the Chaloner enclosed pew had been removed (see old photos). None of these changes the work of natives but of a new Rector and incomers on the PCC.

Rose appears as a nurse with WWI wounded,
on the extreme right, in a Chaloner Hall war hospital photo.

Thomas Tudor Trevor 1816-1872.
Deputy Clerk of the Peace 1849-1872.
Thomas Lawrence Yeoman (1819-1901) of Woodland family of Whitby and nephew to Thomas 2nd Earl of Zetland, “who is said to have given him the Clerkship on condition that he appointed Thomas Tudor Trevor to look after things for him as Deputy.” Said to have been worth £40,000. In on the ground floor: railway development – Bills through Parliament/ironstone development and land/plus his income from other work as an Attorney. Lived at Priory Cottage.

William Charles Trevor 1843-1919
of Overbeck, Stokesley Road, Guisborough. Deputy Clerk of Peace 1872-1889. Clerk of Peace of the NR County Council 1898-1915. Clerk to Justices Langbaurgh East Division 1872-1903. Nephew to TTT. WCT was son of Charles Trevor Controller of Legacy and Succession Duties, Somerset Hse, and of his wife Olivia (née Lindo). His sister Katherine married Ralph Disraeli. Had a chauffeur before 1914. Recall him as a ponderous pedestrian.. Had 2 sons and 2 daughters, all remained single. Son Charles, a solicitor, and a son Arnold William said to have spent his time watching trains. 2 daughters Rose and Maude. Rose was an ardent supporter of the church and was responsible for distribution of the Parish Magazine. I remember Rector Mackie saying he never enquired about the financial side of the magazine, implying that Miss Rose Trevor subsidised it. Her sister was also a regular worshipper at S. Nicholas. After Maude Trevor died some of her effects showed that the family had travelled abroad frequently. Rose Trevor left Guisborough and resided at Sidmouth. She died on ? and bequeathed £500 to Mrs A Armstrong (née Daisy Ward) and a box from a Stokesley solicitor containing old photos and a collection of shells collected by her brother Charles whilst he was serving in the Forces in Palestine – First World War. Rose left a diary for this period and it was notable for her unawareness of the hardship of everyday life. Also attempts at poetry. (Two women isolated by their upbringing!)

The fate of their Memorials. Three memorials, two in the church and a grave-cover* in the churchyard relate to the family. The first, the font, has survived two removals. Installed in 1872 (an unfortunate design) it was in the south aisle at the west end. At the 1904 restoration it was removed to the north aisle, west end, and in the 1960s to its present site at the east end of the north aisle. One of the defects of the church furnishings is the absence of an ancient font, usually a reliable source of antiquity.
The removal in 1872 of the Trevor font to the east end of he north aisle caused the dismembering of the Trevor Memorial Chapel, erected in 1952. (see above). The woodwork was used to form a sacristy and the memorial inscription, originally outside he chapel, was created at the east end of the south aisle, with two memorial windows providing a setting – one to the second Baron Gisbrough and the older window to a son of the first Baron.
To cap it all, the complete overhaul of the organ turned the sacristy into a storeroom – this in 1983! So the plaque in blue lettering (transcribed above) and the surrounding screen are the ...

*The gravestone in the churchyard has been displaced and vandalised, the marble corner pieces been thrown over the wall into the priory grounds. three of these pieces are among the debris of priory stones to the SE of the E Window.

(The Clerks of the Counties 1360-1900, by Sir Edgar Stephens. 1961. p 188)

see Guisborough Before 1900 p 153: TTT’s vendetta against Geo. Lowe; also p 229 re his prevention of Mutual Improvement Society meeting in the Town Hall. His Sunday post was delivered to his pew at Matins!

Newspaper cutting: £1,000 left to church at Guisborough. An estate of £18,017 (£17,788 net; duty paid £2,048) was left by Miss Maude Trevor, of 50, Church Square, Guisborough, who died on April 25. Among other bequests she left £200 to Maude E Best, of Old Pinchinthorpe Cottage, Guisborough; £1,000 to the Parochial Church Council of Guisborough; £100 to Dr Thomas A Pratt, of Guisborough; £100 to Rev Cecil Morrison of Guisborough; and £50 “to my bank manager” Mr S Forrest of Guisborough. The residue is equally divided between Millicent M Huxley and Lawrence G Appleby. Probate has been granted to Lawrence G Appleby and Donald Matthews, solicitors, both of Stokesley.


1873, 12 November: Ann, wife of Mr George Venables of London, buried.
Check for marriage.

1785, 11 Augutst – Roger Sanders, glazier, and Ann Corney, both of this parish, married in the presence of George Venables and Mary Venables.
Had GV married again? Any connection with Corney family?

GV’s first visit to Guisbrough – vide his prospectus for his school – ‘some important business having called me …’

Churchwardens A/cs. Jan. 18, 1856 – Wm Brice, Bill for Mrs Venables’ headstone - £2/15/6
Check Gents Mag. Sept. 1814


1841 Census
Wm Weatherill, 30, Solicitor
Anne W, 25
Margaret W, 6
Anne W, 4
William, 3
Helen, 9mths

1823 Baines’ Directory of N Yks
Thomas Weatherill, Gent, Westgate
1831 Guisborough Parish Registers
Baptism of Thomas, son of Thomas and Margaret Weatherill
1841 Census – TW, 30, Brewer, Market Place. Born at Marske.
1841 Census – Thomas Weatherill, 70, Farmer, Church St. His wife Esther, 60
1851 Census – TW, 42 (sic), Master Brewer and Spirit Merchant, employing 23 men, Northoutgate. Born Marske.
Margaret his wife, 35, born at Wilton.
Children – Anne 10, Kate 8, William 6, Herbert T 2.
Also resident: Elizabeth Weatherill, sister to Thomas, 39. Born Marske. (in 1861 Census, William omitted) Also in 1861 Census, Elizabeth is “Postmistress”.
1890 Bulmer’s Directory of N Riding of Yks – Mrs Margaret Weatherill of Sunnyfield House.
1851 Census–TW, 81, Retired Farmer, Church St, born at Tocketts. Esther 78? Born in Hinderwell

In our churchyard there is a gravestone “In Memory of Elizth Weatherill, died Sept. the 29th 1792
Aged 49 Years. Wife of Thomas. (Stone somewhat weathered)

Also William Weatherill, 30, Solicitor (1841 Census)
and Baptism of Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of William and Ann Weatherill, Solicitor, 2 April 1835. (No. 1286 Guis Parish Reg)
See also “The People’s History f Cleveland” by GM Tweddell, Stokesley, 1872.
M’bro Ref. Lib. Ch. 9/51077.

WINTER Thomas - Tontine (Cleveland)

WYNN Anthony, Middlesbrough 1830-40 witness
son John Wm 31 in 1871


Will of Richard Wynne of Gisborough. April 19, 1652

Alchin 409. Yks. Arch. Assn. Record Series Vol IX. 1890
NR Cty Library. Y942.74. Abstract of Yks Wills. 165-66

To be buried in Church of Guisborough as near as the burying place of my children as conveniently may be. To beloved wife Ann several messuages, closes, 7c. on trust to pay –

£700 to eldest son Richard when he shall have served his apprenticeship and be made a Freeman of the City of London or at 25.

Arthur second son – for as much as I have already beene at great charges placeing him in a convenient way of living and he hath soe misguided himselfe that I have lost all the charge I have been at with him, £20.

John third son £100 (conditions as for Richard).
James fourth son £100 at 23.
Bryan fifth son £100 at 23.
Robert sixth son £100 at 21.
Anne eldest daughter £5 in addition to settlement.
Elizabeth, second daughter (wife of Theophilus Ffurbisher) in addition to £100 already had, 40/-. Her sons Martin and Theophilus 20s. each.
Margaret third daughter £100 at 21.
Dorothy fourth daughter £100 at 21.
To poor of Gisborough £10.
Two Supervisors 40s. each:
Good friend and near kinsman John Turner of Kirkleatham Esq.
Robt. Coulthurst of Upleatham Gent. My brother-in-law.

*Depositions at Guisborough 13.1.1624. (age 31)
Note London connections – Wynne and Turner – alum

*All wills between 1652-1560 proved in London.
Re-opening of Courts at York October 1660. YAS. Rec. Series Vol. LIX.

Jeffrey’s Map 1771 shows Winn Hall near Upleatham. Any connection?

1841 Census: (Church St)
Joseph Wynn, 45, Stone Mason
Mary his wife, 45
Joseph, son, 15, Joiner’s Apprentice
Margaret, daughter, 15
William, son, 12
Elizabeth, daughter, 8
All born in Yorkshire
1851 Census
Joseph Wynn, 58, Red Lion Inn, Mason and Innkeeper, born in Guisborough.
Red Lion in Church St. now premises of the Yorkshire Bank.
Note 1861 Census Return: 6 houses in Wynn’s Buildings

Wynne Family – Baptisms
Guisborough Parish Register

276/9 January 1818
Thomas, son of Joseph and Mary Winn, Guisbrough, Mason.
404/6 February 1820
Mary, daughter of Joseph and Mary Wynne, Stone Mason
514/10 Novr. 1821
Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary Winn, Stonemason
640/4 Novr. 1823
Margaret, daughter of Joseph and Mary Winn, Stonemason
760/4 Decr. 1825
Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Mary Winn, Stonemason
899/27 March 1828
William, son of Joseph and Mary Winn.

Wynn’s Yard, off Redcar Road. The Priory and the Privvies (Photo WDB)
Now upstaged to Wynn’s Garth.

Likewise altered: Scarth’s Yard to Greear Garth (bottom end of Westgate)

The prime example of updating was the London touch when development took place beyond Stump Cross – West End, Park Lane, Grosvenor Square!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Family names F to P

‘New Poetry 3’ – Arts Council of Great Britain, 1977.
An anthology, edited by Maureen Duffy and Alan Brownjohn.
Paperback. ISBN 0728701464.

by Kenneth Fell

Vapours rise on the smouldering earth
Encrusted with parched rock, cold,
Though once hurled out scalding,
With a stench like scorched hooves being shod
.With or without pomp,
Our bodies are given to the last searing heats
Resembling those deep in the earth,
Or in the sun
Or in all the stars that are not yet black moons,
Or in the tears brandished like torches,
Fretting their short channels
And estuaries of eyelids,
Falling like burning seeds.
In silent rooms of state
The scarlet wax hardens
into promises of peace
But there were other wars and others fires
And even laughter is often accompanied
By tears equally hot.

KF was billeted in Guisborough (after Dunkirk) and was a frequent visitor to No. 17 Whitwell Terrace.

Whitwell Terrace was a short cul-de-sac—still is, and the road surface isn’t made up even yet (2004)—where army trucks came to be parked, soon after Dunkirk: the Drill Hall was opposite the end of the road, where Park Lane meets Bolckow Street. Add to these circumstances the fact that Emily B was in the WVS, serving beans-on-toast along with other rationed fare, at the canteen halfway down, on the west side of, Chaloner Street, where squaddies made the best of not being at home, and it was natural enough that some among them who liked reading came and sat by our fireside, talked books with the compositor and gave my brother and me War Economy Standard paperbacks of Worzel Gummidge and The Cuckoo Clock. There was Ken Craddock, left us photographs of trucks on the Dunkirk beaches, and there was Ken Fell. (JB)

1727 – Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Fox, baptised. Excise or alum – or both?

Frank, Mr Wm

Newscutting – vide J (from school cleaner)
Mon. 14 Sept 1903. Inquest on Mr Wm Frank –
“…found dead in the stable of his home yesterday with a terrible gash in his throat.” Wife Elizabeth identified the body. Verdict: suicide.
Query: any relation of TP, confectioner, whose premises in Westgate previously had signboard Frank – special reason for sorting this out.

13.6.1788– “Called on Mr Chaloner where General Hale invited me to go with him to hear Rev. John Westley (sic) preach extempore for half an hour which he did in a yard* near Mr Harrison’s house- an excellent and affecting Discourse from the latter part of the 3rd v. 5 chap. St John’s 1st Epistle “His Commandments are not grievous”. Mr Rudd was with us. Market Day. Dined on beef stakes at the sign of the Cock, the first time since that House was kept by Richard Pulman Jnr, late servant to Mr Chaloner.”
Ralph Jackson’s Journal, 1.10.1787 to 16.2.1790

*Old Chapel Yard. Mr Harrison at Sunnyfield House ?

(1) 1783 – Dec. The General made his notable Reform Speech at York. Copy at Northallerton Record Office. ZFM Chaloner Papers.

(2) 1784 – His proposals did not find a seconder. (Surprisingly the General was a radical humanitarian)

1785 – (1) and (2) printed\at York. Octavo. 33pp. 34 blank. ZFM as above.

Gisbrough Papers Cty. Rec. Office

Letter from John Hale to son Richard. “Plantation 1801”. Written by “your Mother” and her letter on same sheet. “dining tete-a-tete”. Children out for the day. Family of 21! “I shall be heartily glad to embrace you once more in the month of May if I live so long, and I do not hear that Daniel has yet declared of me, as he did of old Nateby that I should never hear the Cuckoo sing again.”
Note: photostat of pamphlet written by the General.
Note: His memories of Wolfe and Quebec. Colonel in 1759.
General died 1806. Aged 78. B. 1728. Married Mary Chaloner 1763.

Letter from James Braithwaite, 16 Clarendon Rd, Leeds. 19 June 1905.
JB’s father brought up by Rev. Richard Hale.
“… About 1780 (say 1760 ?) the 17th Lancers quartered in S of Scotland. Col. Hale allowed Lt Lascelles to go to Guisboro to see his sweetheart, Miss Chaloner. During his absence the Col. Had to go to London (post horses in those days) and thought he would call at Guisboro to see what his Lieutenant was doing; there he fell in love with Mary Chaloner – the second daughter and ultimately married her; had 21 children, one of whom was Richard Hale, Vicar of Harewood, and uncle of the Lord harewood of his day …. The Plantation was left and pulled down in 1809 … Diary too interesting to be lost … too dangerous, for it might have been published. I dare not let any of the Lascelles have it for it contains things held against them …”

Richard Hale’s Diary
Grandmother Chaloner lived with them 20 years and died under their roof. Left Richard £500 to pay college expenses. “Elias Hervey seeing the infirmity said, He must be for the church and as I have some livings he shall have one and it was so.”
Notes: Elias Hervey was a relative. RH had a wen above the toes of his right foot, which increased. The wen was noticed when RH was two years old. After Elias Hervey’s death, RH Vicar of Harewood.

Journey to the Lakes with Chaloner in 1803 by Richard Hale.
A buggy, a groom and 2 horses.
RH kept fleas at bay at Leyburn by his snuff box, “at a warrantable distance from my person”. “Chaloner at 5 the next morning appeared at my bedside a martyr to their stings, a melancholy moving blister … Chaloner eating voraciously and paying liberally .. the French inns have made him an enviable traveller in England and he is now (12o’clock) …”
Chaloner races to Windermere – old horse could hardly stand and I from fright could hardly see. On to Coniston lake, “our appearance in the highest degree ludicrous. Chaloner who measures 6’ 3” was on a grey pony not quite so high as a Newfoundland Dog and mine was about the same size, a melancholy specimen without oats.”
RH critical: house of Bp. of Landaff, about 3 miles from Bowness.
“Later met with a remarkably good bottle of port and what is more remarkable we did not finish it for he heat of the day was quite intolerable.”
Trunk stolen at Skipton (left behind by postillion). Recovered “his valuable repository of Chaloner rags.” “Thief making haste across fields.” Back to Harewood.

Mary Chaloner was a minor under her mother’s guardianship when she married John Hale. Copy of extract of marriage pasted in Guis. marr. reg. at request of Mr Lewin, grandson of John and Mary Hale – 12 Oct. 1875. M/Cr of parish of S. George, Hanover Sq. John Hale of parish of S. James, Westminster.
(Note: 1874 Thomas Lewin married Mary Hale.)
11 June 1763 (Certd. Copy) S. George’s, Hanover Sq. See parish register.
Mary Hale’s (nee Chaloner) letter of 1803 to sone Richard (from Marske where she had gone for health reasons): “Harriet is expected o tumble in pieces in a very short time.” Harriet married to …

Ord p. 234 General Hale’s daughter’s letter “an ancient house to which the General added largely and made it his residence.”

Ord’s History (pp.234/5) A letter, 7 May 1839, vide Ann Smelt, daughter of General Hale: “… With regard to my father’s being aide-de-camp to General Wolfe, I think you are incorrect; for Wolfe words were, after receiving his mortal wound, I am aware that it is the aide-de-camp’s privilege to carry the dispatches home, but I beg, as a favour to request that my old friend, Colonel Hale, may have that honour. Also General Hale’s portrait is not inserted in that fine print of Wolfe’s death; and why? Because he wouldn’t give the printer the monstrous sum of £100 which he demanded as the price of placing on a piece of paper what his own country knew very well, viz., that he, General Hale, fought in the hottest of the battle of Quebec, whether the printer thought fit to record it or not.”

Ord. John Hale, 4th son of Sir Bernard and Anne Hale “became a General in the Army, Colonel of the 17th Light Dragoon, which regiment he raised at his own expense, and Governor of Londonderry; married Mary daughter of Wm Chaloner, Esq, of Gisborough, Yorkshire, by whom he left issue ten sons and eleven daughters. He was buried 1806 and his lady in 1803, in Gisborough church.”

Ord. Tocketts. 1715 Geo Tocketts sold the equity of redemption of his estate to certain mortgagees, who in turn sold the same to Edward Chaloner, Esq. and by his grandson William the Hall was sold to General Hale about 1763, after whose death it was re-purchased by the Chaloner family and pulled down.

Havelock family

(WDB) received a letter at the end of February 1983 from HJ Jackson of 39 Carew Close, Yarm, Cleveland, asking for information re a grandfather clock inscribed on the dial “Havelock Gifbrough”.
He did not enclose a stamped addressed envelope so I replied on 1 March 1983:
Dear Mr Jackson, I can supply information concerning he Havelock family obtained from documentary sources. None of this goes back to 1680, but there are references pinpointing their activities in the first half of the 18th cent. I assume that as your clock is a valuable heirloom you would wish to obtain factual information. My fee for this would be £3. I have sen a Havelock clock and have a photograph of the dial. It is an excellent piece and still in Guisborough. No reply!

George Havelock, Clockmaker, Guisborough, North Yorkshire. Entry in Parish register dated 2 Sept. 1748, records baptism of “William, son of George Havelock, Clockmaker.” In 1750: “George, son of George Havelock, Clockmaker” was baptised. A gravestone in the churchyard “Erected in Memory of Mary the wife of George Havelock who died 21st of December 1780, Aged 50 (?) years.” One George Havelock appears in the List of Subscribers towards the building of Mr Venables’ Providence School in Guisborough in 1792.
The Churchwarden’s A/cs. For year 1798: “Havelock for clock” records payment of ? This refers to the old clock which is now in the museum at Hutton-le-Hole.
The name Havelock occurs in the Kirkleatham Parish Registers 1559-1812 (in print): Marriage of John Havelock and Elizabeth Hargill (Date: ?). Earlier John Havelock present at Induction of Mr Robert Wemys to the vicarage of Kirkleatham, 9 June 1613. In guisborough other Havelocks were tailors (1823 and 1840 Directories). Others appear in Poor Law records: 21 March 1823 Robert Havelock applied to Overseers for clothing and £5 to emigrate to America. “Clothing granted. £5 to be paid when he arrives in America”. On 31 October 1836 RH asked for a pair of trousers. Allowed cloth repair.

Extract from a letter dated 19/10/1973 from Tom Wolstencroft, 29 Meadowfield, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. Postal area Stockport, Cheshire., sent to the Recot of Guisborough, Rev. R Gibson. First half of the letter gave information re gyseburne Cottage, W side of Belmangate, now occupied by Dr Henderson (white-washed building with additions at rear).(A 4 page letter.) The following notes concern the family of Havelock, mentioned by T Wolstencroft –
“Christopher Wiley married Ann Havelock at Guisborough in 1806 (York Bishops Transcripts). Their daughter Jane married John Matson. Chris Wiley was described as a servant at his wedding, but at he baptism of his children he had become a farmer. He was not necessarily a servant of the Chaloner family, but it is likely that the tenancy of the farm was on their land. The name of Danby is likely to remain a mystery. The only family names going back to 1800 are—Matson, Wiley, Havelock and Dickinson.”

My notes—see Ralph Ward’s diary 1754-56—p.197 Mary Havelock, and p.151. 146 and 187—“Sister Havelock.” P.213.

Parish Registers—1756 Rbt Walker of Whitby and Mary Havelock of Guisborough married 6 June. Witnesses George Havelock Robart Walker
John Gisburn Mary Havelock
No.33 Marr. Reg. 1754-50 S. Nicholas Parish Church, Guisborough.

Havelock, John
Parish Registers, 21 Jan. 1717

“William Finnelagh of Colington in Middle Lowden and Kingdom of North Britain, a sojourning joiner, and Jane, daughter of John Havelock, carpenter of this Parish, spr. (A daughter baptised 4 Dec. 1720)

Heppenstall, Rayner.

Author and BBC radio scriptwriter and producer. Lived in Guisborough for 2 yrs. 12 yrs old in 1923. His novel “The Woodshed” is his account of experiences at Guisborough Grammar School, and a tragedy. Fictitious names – Carlin Beck &c. Description of visit to GGS with his father who was Drapery Manager at Guisborough Co-operative Society. Also introduction to “Portrait of the Artist as a Professional man” 1969. p.169 last two lines re his Mother. cf account of his Father in “The Woodshed”.
Mentioned in TV programme in Jan 1964 on George Orwell.
“International Authors and Writers Who’s Who/8th Edn 1977/ Ed. Adrian Gaster. International Biographical Centre, Cambridge Univ.
1934 – (John) Rayner Heppenstall. Born 27 July 1911, Huddersfield, Yks.
Critic, novelist. Education BA Leeds Univ. 1933.
1. The Blaze of Noon, 1939
2. The Greater Infortune, 1943/60
3. Four Absentees, 1960
4. The Fourfold tradition, 1961
5. The Connecting Door*, 1962
6. The Shearers, 1969
7. French Crime in the Romantic Age, 1972
8. Reflections on the Newgate Calendar, 1975
9. Two Moons, 1977
Contributions to: Sunday Times, Encounter, London Magazine
Retrospective Novel Award, Arts Council, 1966
Address, 2 Gifford Park, Deal, Kent.
*ref. to Co-op stables with RH sitting on a horse behind Waterside Lane in Hunderholm.


1841 Census:
Harriet Hudson, 50, Independent
James Hudson, 15, engraver
on S side of Westgate

1608 Robert Hudson a Parish Constable.


Ralph Ward-Jackson Diaries Vol. G,
21/10/1757 to 28/2/1759 – p.160-162
(Class C-G2, Middlesbrough Reference Library)

1758 “This forenoon came the melancholy news of Jno Husband the sadler’s accidental Death, having been found this morning at Eleven near Freebrough Hill – his horse (or rather mare) was met at Eight coming homewards.”
A verdict of accidental death.

Jackson – told that Squire Jackson, later of Normanby Hall, lived at house now (1983) occupied by Meredith’s Confectioners – corner of Northgate/Westgate with large gable end facing west and small window under gable. Before WWI (and II) was Galante’s Ice Cream shop. Earlier still The Golden Lion.
(informant? Pallister – tailor?)


Wm Jacques 1701, Master of Grammar School.
Wm Jaques 1713 – 23rd Decr Date of Inventory of Goods and Books £20.
Elizabeth Jaques, widow, Will and Inventory, 27 Nov. 1717 and 30 Dec 1717. “nephew Wm Proddy”.
1764/1766 – Robert J.;(a saddler) had children baptised.


Mr Harry Jerrett (Harold). No. ? Belmangate showed me the deeds of his house. Dated 1778. Wm Chaloner. Wm Sunley, cordwainer: adjoining Matthew Pybourne on the north. Thomas Lincolne. Robert Sturdy. In the same terrace two dwellings with inscriptions over doorways


HJ d. 1984. Left £127,000! A bachelor. Lived very frugally!

From Parish Reg. Guisborough Yorks.
(Re Recusants) See slides of Dictionary (3) with John Jowsey, also photo in album

Thomas Jowsey Carpenter – from “A List of the Roman Catholics in the County of York, 1604” by Edward peacock, FSA, 1874

1649 to 1660
Thomas Jowsey, Gisborow. Administrator: Oliver Kearsley. “Wills in the Yorkshire Registry” Vol 1, pp52 and 200.
Register Fairfax, Fol 94. Proved in London during the time of the Commonwealth

William Jowsey, sonn of John Jowsey

3 Nov
Isabell, daughter of John Jowsey

1662 (3?)
7 May
Elizabeth Jowsey to John Read

25 Nov
Katherine Jowsey to Thomas Barnet

Hearth Tax records
William Jowsey 1
William Jowsey of *Skarfdaile 2
William Jowsey Jnr of Skarfdaile 1
John Jowsey 2

Thomas Jowsey 1, a Thomas died 1683
Robert Jowsey 2, a Robert died 1666

11 Aug
Thomas Jowsey to Joan Savill (Sadill?)

22 Nov
Marie Jowsey to John Williamson

11 Mar
Christian, daughter of William Jowsey

23 May
William Jowsey to Margaret Hopper (There is a Hopper in Hearth Tax List 1662)

28 Oct
Violet, daughter of John Jowsey

Alice Jowsey spinster. Will made 11 Apr 1666. Probate 3 may, 1666
Vol 48, folio 256, Yk Dio, Reg. YAS Record Series, Vol LX

23 Oct
Elizabeth Jowsey to Robert Robinson

Robert Jowsey, “the dwelling house near the field lees”
Will 14 Apr. Probate 1 Aug 1666. Vol 48, fol 314. Yk Dio Reg.
YAS Record Series VolLX

1 Nov
Elizabeth, daughter of John Jowsey

21 Jun
Thomas, son of Thomas Jowsey

26 Jul
Sara, daughter of William Jowsey

12 Feb
Margerie, daughter of William Jowsey of Scugdale. (Is this Scugdale the ame place as the Skaifdaile of Wm Jowsey in the 1662 Hearth Tax records?)

16 May
Alice, daughter of John Jowsey

16 Apr
Thomas Jowsey. Folio 221 Cleveland.
Wills in Yks registry 1682-1688. YAS Record series Vol LXXXIX

17 Mar
William Jowsey to Elizabeth Rig. (Rigs a family of clockmakers.)

Yeoman Jowsey to Ann Lynas. YJ signed reg, AL made her mark.

David Jowsey, weaver, to Jane Thompson. Both made marks in register. (a DJ buried 23 June 1785)

9 Dec
John Jowsey to Rachael Seaton. Both made marks in register. There have been Seatons at Tocketts Mill in this present century, and a Mrs Seaton, an acquaintance, is a member of St Paulinus Ch. The Tockett family were firm recusants.

7 Nov
Elizabeth, daughter of David Jowsey

*v. baptism 1670 of Margerie, dr of Wm Jowsey of Scugdale

From ‘The Dalesman’ January 1963.
Catholic Seminary at Douai in Flanders.
JOHN Jowsey a Guyisborough currirer – recusant – fined and imprisoned. At Douai in 1646; “so poor that he worked as a servant in the town during his years of study and he returned via Holland in 1648, travelling in disguise because priests were executed if caught trying to enter England. He then assisted Fr. Postgate, who was born in Egton Bridge with his work from the north moorland coast as far inland as Pickering. We do not know what happened to him after that.”
Fr. Postgate executed at York 1679.
Andrew Jowsey arrested in mistake for John in 1678; “released when proved he was not a priest.”

(Trace Cockerill also in parish registers.)

Peter Linton of …. America
son of Mabel Hargreaves and ….
lived in Guisborough 1935-39….

…. came to see me on Tuesday 8 September 1987 @ 9.30 am accompanied by Myra Metcalfe, wife of John Hargreaves, who was the youngest son of John Hargreaves who worked for the Guisborough Urban District Council and drove the steam engine. Myra worked in the Co-op Drapery Dept and knew the Drapery Manager Mr Jemmison.

Also in the party Alex Faure, a writer who is gathering material as a back-up to ghost-writing Peter Linton’s autobiography.

I had produced a list of source material and they had two copies photocopies. They purchased nos. 2 and 3 on the list and were going to get a copy of Chapman’s Gazetteer of the Ironstone mines.

Promised to get photos of Northgate School and Howlbeck Mill Farm and also Northcote and Park Wood.

Rating Books 1935/39 Gill St
Picture of Dr Stainthorpe and John Close.

Alex Faure 3/2,354 Cumbernauld Rd, Glasgow G31 3NQ

Buried 21/3/1668

From Sessay Register (Thirsk). (Yks Par Reg Soc 1937) 1600-1812:
“Collected the 28th day of August 1664 for Henrie Lisle of Gisbrough the sum of 3s 8d.”

A collection in a London Church for a Gisbrough Woolen draper.
Notes by a member of the WEA Local History Group

As a follow-up to last moth’s notes on Thomas Proddy some information concerning Henry Lisle, a fellow churchwarden, may be of interest.
Henry Lisle’s name appears on the steeple-cup (dated 1640 and made at York). Furthermore he appears to have been a kinsman of Thomas Proddy, for one of his sisters had married a Proddy.
Our knowledge of Henry Lisle is derived from 2 sources.: (1) Church Briefs; (2) Hearth Tax Records.
There was a practice in the seventeenth century of issuing letters by Royal Warrant for the purpose of making collections in churches throughout the country. These were known as Church Briefs or King’s Letters. They were directed to the archbishops, bishops, clergymen, magistrates, churchwardens and overseers of the poor and licensed the pensioners to collect money for charitable purposes. It is interesting to note that there is a rubric in the Communion Service stating the place where these were to be read. The system appears to have been abused and as early as 1661 we find Samuel Pepys making a critical entry in his Diary:
“June 30 (Lord’s day. To church, where we observe the trade of briefs is come now up to so constant a course every Sunday, that we resolve to give no more to them.”
In the Terrington Church Registers we find the following:
“Gathered for Henry Lisle of Gisbrough Woolen Draper the 15th day of January 1664: his Losse by fire and shipwracke Amounting to the value of fower thousand thirty-fower pounds and upwards: the sum of fowerteen shillings ...”
A calamitous loss in terms of seventeenth century currency! Another entry in the records of S.Leonard’s Church, Streatham, states
“1665. June 25, Gisbrough, Yorks. Henry Lisle’s loss ... 7s 7d.
Undoubtedly there are many more entries in other church records.
Corroborative evidence of the social standing of our churchwarden appears in the Hearth Tax records of 1662. This was a tax of 2/- imposed on every hearth in all houses except cottages. In Gisbrough 166 persons paid tax on 312 hearths. Edward Chaloner, who had 14 hearths, is styled “Esq”. “Mr ffrederike Challoner of the same hath four ... Mr Henry Lysle hath eight ...” Only eight entries out of a total of 166 bear the prefix “Mr”. (Incidentally his fellow churchwarden Thomas Proddy paid tax on three hearths).
Finally we learn from his will that he had three sons and five daughters. The bulk of his estate went to his firstborn son Morris, and his other children received £150 each. A codicil to the will (dated 1668, the year of his death) states:
“... I give to my sisters Proddys children that is to say Thomas Proddy Oliver Proddy Elizabeth Proddy Nicholas Proddy and Jane Proddy to each of them twenty shillings ... and I give to my sister Elizabeth Proddy the sum of five pounds ... I give to my brother Will: Lisle five shillings ...”
From this it would seem that William had benefited during his brother’s lifetime!
To the three “supervisors” of his will he left “twenty shillings apeece to buy them rings withall”.

Also in 1663 (Sherriff Hutton Church): “Collected for William Mitler of Guisbrough for his losses by shipwreck the sum of three shillings and sixpence. 6th day of September 1663.”


1881 Census: John Lynas, 39, Cabinet Maker, 13 Thompson St. Born in Guisborough. Mary, his wife, 32. 1 son, 2 daughters. All born in Guisborough.
Lynas, Elizabeth. 12 yrs. Murdered by James Henry Clarkson, 19.
Sunday 27 Dec. 1903. Bennison St. Went to church with 2 girl friends. Had not returned by 10pm. Parted company 8-10pm. JHC a tailor’s apprentice. EL’s body found in field on or thereabouts present site of Police Station: northern end of Redcar Rd. First tragedy for 26 yrs. What happened in 1877?
North Eastern Daily Gazette 28/12/1903

A Lynas family or families occur in our Poor Law Papers in 1816, 1823, 1828.
Parish Regs Lynas family 1823, 1826/7, 1830

Maddison, Thomas, 32, unmarried, ironstone miner, lodging on S side of Westgate. Born at Gloucester (Bristol). A forbear of Johnny M (photographer)?
(1861 Census)

MASON, William. d. 8.1.1832, aged 26. Buried Whorlton churchyard. Ord (p 451): “William Mason was an inhabitant of Gisborough, educated at Edinburgh as a physician and afterwards became an undergraduate at Cambridge. He was a man of great poetical ability, of remarkable powers in conversation and argument, a sound theologian, subtle metaphysician and acute wit, the cynosure of society, the flower of scholars, and the ornament of his college. His genius was powerful, strong, and almost universal; his heart generous and sympathising. He was, in truth, one of the noblest and most eloquent of mankind. If he had errors, they belonged to the heart and the imagination: let his peaceful grave be among the lonely hills of Swainby, he their mute chronicler.”
Did JWO know WM intimately – at Guis? at Edinburgh?
Mason’s works? Darrell Buttery Jnr has a copy.

Metcalfe, Theophilus

– vide John Walker Ord – “born in Throstle’s Nest off Church Square.
Any connection with John Thrush of - ?
A tradition that Theo was Gov Gen of India.
Check registers and history books.
See 10/7 Black Diary 1982 under Parish Registers re “Registr taken by J Thrash” (1653-1661)

Monday Minikin

Parish reg. Marriage 1776. MM and Sarah Havelock, both illiterate.
1777 – 8 Jan. Par. Reg. – Dorothy, daughter of Munday Minikin, labourer, baptised

Highway Surveyor’s a/cs. 10 Nov 1829 – John Minnikin a pair of shoes 10/6d
1831 – Minnikin’s shoes 11/-
1832 – John Minikin for Warning in carts 1/-
1833 – Minikin’s shoes 11/-
1829 – Wm Johnson for a pair of strong ironed shoes for Minnikin 12/-
18?8 – For Minnikin a pr of shoes for Journey

Parson Crabbe’s Poems, 18 cent. His Parish Register
Richard Monday a foundling. Given his name by members of Select Vestry – none there with name of Richard.
At last with all their works and words content
Back to their homes the prudent vestry went,
And Richard Monday to the workhouse sent.

Burial (Par. Reg.): 8 Feb 1900. Louisa Grace Morgan. The Rectory. Years 78.
Was this when “Rattler Morgan” decided to relinquish the Living?

Thomas Naldby was paid 6s.6.d. ‘for half of a guid poast at Tuckets in 1781’. A photo of this post. Until the autumn of 1983 it stood at the cemetery corner, the junction of the road to Kirkleatham and Redcar and the road leading to Skelton Ellers. The old way to Skelton Ellers was replaced by a new road and a roundabout. The stone now stands on the south side verge, opposite the cemetery. One side used to display the cut lettering ‘Tockit East’ and the other side Kirkleatham, which in effect meant the residence of the Turner family.


6th Dec 1940 “Miss Oliver objected to the vacant land in Hollymead Drive being used for the erection of 2 air-raid shelters.”

Also her brother’s exploitation of their land at the end of Reid Terrace where they sold land on which a bus garage* was erected in full view on the end of a terrace of comparatively new houses in Hollymead Drive – which ironically was the name of their house fronting Westgate.

*UDC were going to consider demolition but the brother did temp. repairs on the grounds that it had been used as a garage.

The Page Family of Guisborough, Yorkshire

Hearth Tax Return
Rob. Paige
Widdow Margrett Page

Hearth Tax Return
Rob. Paige

1713 to 1722
Parish Registers (burials and baptisms)
Rob. Paige (farmer)
William Page (chandler)
(Rob. Paige also given as yeoman and farmer)

Baines’ History and Directory of Yks.
William Page at the Anchor Inn, Belmangate

White’s Directory of Yorkshire
William Page at the Anchor Inn, Belmangate

Post Office Directory
William Page at the Seven Stars, described as a currier. In the 1861 Census return this is called “Page’s Corner”

Census Return
Martha Page, widow, 50 years old, a charwoman, living in Belmangate with
William Page, her married son, aged 28, a currier’s assistant,
Jane Page, his wife, aged 21,
Sarah Page, their daughter, 1 year, and
John Page, a 74 year old bachelor given as an agricultural labourer.

Martha was born at Hutton Rudby. William at Guisborough
Jane at Chapel Town, Leeds. Sarah at Guisborough. John Page at Guisborough.

There is a minute book of the Guisborough Mutual Improvement Society covering the years 1848-1861 and one George Page served as secretary and treasurer over a number of years. This society comprised shop-keepers and professional men and held debates on interesting subjects.

In the “Guisbro’ & Saltburn Herald” for the years 1887-88 there was an advt:
G. Page, Junr., 4 Chaloner St. Practical Watch and Clockmaker.
(Jubilee Medals with Old Abbey on reverse).

3 gravestones in Guis. Churchyard 1975.

1976 Northallerton Archives – Chaloner a/c books.
Pages apparently in the employ of Wm Chaloner.
1772 – “By cash Pd Wm Page for half a Years Waiges £11.14.0.”
1773 – “A payment to W.P. of £18.6.4 and mention of Late Willm. Page cooper”
1774 – A Wm Page paid £9 for half a Years Wages. (same sum paid in 1776)
1774 – Jane Page pd. 8/-
1798 – “Thomas Page set(t)ing stoops (posts) in Tocketts Laith 10/6”

This photograph of Mrs Page was taken by her husband Mr George Page in their sitting room at 34 Westgate. Mr Page was one of several shrewd shopkeepers who used a national event – such as the Coronation of Edward VII in 1902 – to display their loyalty and advertise their goods. Inside his shop he had another gimmick – a parrot, a popular feature for many of his customers.

His private and commercial enthusiasm for photography has preserved for us a record of local events and of buildings and scenes which have vanished for ever.

From the window above his shop he had a vantage point to get pictures of processions and of the Fair when it was held in Westgate. The old folk in the passage were occupants of cottages in the yard at the rear (9 August 1902).