Month: July 2011

Tombstone Tuesday – Ruth Margaret Tomkins (1934-1969)

This is the gravestone of my 2nd cousin, Ruth Margaret Bentley.

Ruth was born on 13th July 1934 to parents Albert Bentley and Ruth Halstead.

Sometime in the third quarter of 1956 Ruth married John Stuart Tomkins.  The marriage is recorded in the Clitheroe registration district.

You can see from the inscription that Ruth was only 35 years of age when she died in 1969.  Her husband John survived for almost a further 33 years until December 2002.

I took the photograph on a recent visit to Clitheroe cemetery in Lancashire.

Who Do You Think You Are?

The new series of Who Do You Think You Are? will be starting on the BBC in August.

As ever I am looking forward to this great series and hearing about the lives of the ancestors of ten more “famous” people.  Look out for stories about:-

Richard Madeley – TV personality, columnist and presenter

Tracey Emin – artist

June Brown – actress

JK Rowling – author

Alan Carr – comedian and presenter

Emilia Fox – actress

Len Goodman – dance judge, coach and professional ballroom dancer

Larry Lamb – actor

Sebastian Coe – former athlete and politician

Robin Gibb – singer and songwriter

Should be another great series.

On this day … 18th July

1810 … Thomas Hurtley was born in Gargrave, Yorkshire to parents Thomas Hurtley and Hannah Braidley.  He is my 2x great grand uncle.

1864 … Philip Snowden was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire to parents John Snowden and Martha Nelson.  He is the 2nd cousin 1x removed of the wife of my 2nd great grand uncle.

1879 … Arthur Dawson was born in Steeton with Eastburn in West Yorkshire.  His parents were John and Elizabeth Dawson.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Kirkby Malham – Postcard #11

Here is another postcard from my collection of Yorkshire churches.  This one is of St. Michael the Archangel at Kirkby Malham.

The postcard is unused and is published by the Skipton Stationery Co.  It is in pretty good condition.  There is a small crease in the bottom left hand corner but apart from that there are no other blemishes.

This ancient church is sometimes referred to as the Cathedral of the Dales.

Here is an excellent Kirkby Malham Church Guide

The placename Kirk-by (church place) is from old Danish and it is reasonable to assume that the Danes found an old church here when they overran the North of England.  The church therefore probably dates from around the 9th or 10th centuries.

The Domesday Book (1086) however describes the area as wasteland, indicating that the church and settlement were probably left in ruins after the recent Norman invasion.

King John confirmed the gift of the Church and glebe land by Adam of Giggleswick, to the Abbey of St. Mary, West Dereham, Norfolk in a Charter dated 1199 and this Order supplied the Parish with it’s clergy until the Reformation.

The present building is large and imposing as it towers over the small village of Kirkby Malham.  The major part of the structure is built in millstone grit and dates from about 1490, but some features of earlier construction were incorporated and many further embellishments have been added over the centuries.

The church is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, the earliest evidence of this being a will of 1275.  However by the 19th century there seems to have been some confusion over the dedication and many guide books and even the Ordnance Survey of that period refer to it as St James’.

This particular church is of interest to me because I have several ancestors who were born in Kirkby Malhamdale and were either baptised or married in the church.