Wednesday, 28 October 2009



September 14. On this very day J took E, G and W to Bransdale. A very pleasant journey via Castleton Rigg, Farndale, Gillamoor, Fadmoor, to Cockayne Lodge and S Nicholas Church. J took photo of interior, likewise at Church of S Mary Magdalene at East Moors. On to Helmsley and Bilsdale. Called at Spout House (Sun Inn) and heard a local telling tales of Bilsdale cricketers and WG Grace. Noted memorial under window of Bobby Dawson, whipper-in to Bilsdale Hunt. Parson wouldn’t have it in churchyard, so erected under pub window. Also visited restored medieval building in yard – former inn.
Terse inscription on gravestone in churchyard at Bransdale. Would be interesting to see Burial Register.
Bransdale E of Bilsdale; between two branches of Hodge Beck is the hamlet of Cockayne, with an old chapel of ease and a hall used by the Earl of Feversham (c. 1900) as a shooting lodge. Built by Feversham. £300 – VCH p 512. S Mary & S Nicholas 1886. Registers Kirbymoorside. p 516: “In 1538 Wm Wood of Kirbymoorside accused the parish priest of Coken Kirke of treasonable words spoken to the parish clerk in the chapel, in spite of threats from the priest to ‘have of him either a leg or an arm’ before he informed against him’.”
(Right of Sepulture by Archbishop Sterne 1665.)

Brickie Eaton’s
from Wm Lillie’s ‘History of Middlesbrough’ 1968
“J Moss Eaton was appointed a Superintendent of the Brickand Tile Yard at a wage of £7 per week (1839/40). Research Was there any connection with the brickworks E of the cemetery (Dunsdale Rd) on the slope towards the beck, always known in my early years as ‘Brickie Eaton’s Bank’?

Highcliff – Quarries 1854 Rate Book – Wm Byers.

Howlbeck Mill
ZFM Chaloner Archive
Rebuilt 1804 by James Wilson, carpenter. Stripped of gear 1879.

Justice Bank, near Old Park farm: origin of name – 1665 – “Ann, daughter of William Justice” baptised 25 June.

Kirkleatham Chair

Lowcross Farm
Copy of a letter from Grace Dixon to a Mr Walker, 9/12/1982

Mr Brelstaff has passed on to me your letter relating to Lowcross Farm, Pinchinthorpe, as I have recently been collecting information about the Hutton – Pinchinthorpe area.
For a start, the farm seems likely to be on an early site for settlement of some kind, standing on slightly higher ground above Lowcross Swangs to the north. It may have been at a crossroads of the road Ayton to Guisborough, and Blind Lane continuing south-east across Bousdale, and so to old Hutton Village. In medieval times the Hospital of St Leonard’s of Lowcross belonging to Guisborough Priory was situated near the boundary of Barnaby – Hutton – Pinchinthorpe, but its exact site has never been located, although considered to be near the farm.
At the Dissolution of Guisborough Priory in mid 16th century The Manor of Hutton passed to the Crown, and remained under the Crown or the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for 300 years, with the land held by tenants and occupied by their sub-tenants. The main tenants were the Yoward family of Stokesley (later of York) and their descendants. In the 19th century the land was purchased by degrees by the land-owner, Henry William Thomas of Pinchinthorpe House, and then by the Peases.
Some references in 18th century.
1763 “Robert Thomas of Loikerass House in the parish of Guisborough, yeoman”. (He would be the great grandfather of the HW Thomas, above.)
1778 Ralph Jackson, of Normanby Hall, and formerly of Guisborough, wrote in his diary … “I rode to Hutton Locras, left horses there at old Robert Thomas, and walked on shooting 5 hours in Bousdale”.
1773 A Chaloner Estate map shows some details of Hutton and Pinchinthorpe, but perhaps the Chaloner maps were not always complete about what was not Chaloner land. This map shows the then farm buildings on the opposite side of the road to the present farm house. No name is given. This may account for the date 1731 (1751 ?) on the wall, but the initials EB do not correspond to any name found so far. There are other Chaloner maps around that time which could be consulted.
JW Ord’s ‘History of Cleveland’ gives a local map, which shows Lowcross Farm as Spout House. (1846). I cannot find anything else to substantiate this as other references always say ‘Spout House, Pinchinthorpe’ and it is a former name for part or all of Pinchinthorpe House, home of Henry Wm Thomas, died 1846, and of his father John Thomas, died 1843. The Tithe Map of 1845 shows the farm as 169 acres, with house, garden orchard and farmyard, and 426 acres of moor. In 1861 the occupant was John Wilson, but soon after it passed to the Moon family as tenants, and they remained there for about 40 years. They had previously farmed at Bousdale House, and in one of his books Sir AE Pease mentions that hey had farmed at Hutton for 400 years.
For general research on Hutton I am in the process of obtaining information about the former Crown Estate from the Public Record Office in London. It is very likely that more facts about Lowcross farm will come to light, and help to date the building. Externally the house has a 19th century appearance architecturally, but could be a rebuilding on an earlier plan.

Mucky Lane, OS map 1850. Thomas Chaloner built new hall (Longhull) 1857 off Whitby Lane and diverted Mucky Lane to entrance to Tocketts dead opposite on main road as it now stands, from former direction leading to site of N. Lodge.

Pinchinthorpe. Lee family
Roger Lee
Lady Lee

Redcar. Re shoddy buildings.
From Redcar & Saltburn News &Visitors List, Saturday, 9 June 1906 (under General Gossip by Observer). On microfilm at Redcar Ref Library. Wynn??? Quote – ‘I am told that some of the houses being erected in Redcar are not likely to be of a permanent character as some of the inner partitions are only made of lattice and plaster instead of brickwork. If this is so the authorities should see tha their construction is of a more durable nature.’

Roman Helmet
found 19 August 1864 when an accommodation road to Barnaby Grange Farm was being made under the direction of the Cleveland Railway Company.Now in the British Museum.



1205 Ralph de Clare’s widow confirmed a grant of land to canons at Guisborough Priory.

Pevsner: “Immediately N of he church is a barn of Sinnington Hall, which must once have been the great hall of a manor house or castle. It is an oblong building and has on he upper floor to the E a late C12 window with big nook-shafts and waterleaf capitals….”

Skelton. A Wharton Bible

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