This is another postcard from my own collection. It’s the second one I have shown you from the Yorkshire Dales village of Austwick.
The first one featured the Church of the Epiphany and village cross. This time it is the village green which is just around the corner from the church. The postcard is unused and is in very good condition. There is no publisher and no printer identified on the front or the back of the card.
The area around Austwick is said to have been inhabited for over 4000 years. Archaeological finds in and around the village include prehistoric burial places, a large Bronze Age settlement, and even an Iron Age settlement.
At one time, Austwick and the nearby villages of Clapham, Lawkland and Newby, were independent manors each with their own lord. Together they formed the larger parish of Clapham.
In the Domesday Book Austwick was at the head of a group of 12 manors and was obviously of importance. The Anglican lord at the time Norman Conquest in 1066 was Thorvin. A field in the village is known as ‘Thorvin Croft’ – a connection or just a coincidence?
Since 1782 the Farrer family has held the Lordship of the Manor of Austwick – the present Lord being Dr John Farrer of Clapham.
Here’s a link to the village website.
This is how the postcard scene looks today.