Month: March 2011

On this day…..31st March

1879     Percy Whitworth was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.  His parents were T. Whitworth and Elizabeth Belton.  He is the husband of my 3rd cousin 2x removed.


On this day…..29th March

1749     John Skelding and Mary Sadler were married in Old Swinford, Worcestershire.  They are my wife’s 5x great grandparents.

1793     Priscilla Dawson was born in Cowling, West Yorkshire.  She was the daughter of John Dawson and Ann Watson and is my 3rd great grand aunt.

Family & Local History Fair – Pudsey

Only five more sleeps until the Family & Local History Fair at Pudsey Civic Hall on Saturday 2nd April.

I’m really looking forward to what should be a good day.  The website promises a full programme of speakers although I can’t find any information about who they are or what the subjects will be.

There is also a long list of exhibitors.  I am particularly looking forward to meeting and talking to the folks from Keighley & District Family History Society; Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society; Wharfedale Family History Group; and the Guild of One Name Studies.

I suspect that my wallet might take a bit of a hammering as I go in search of new and even more useful resources.

I am a bit disappointed that the West Yorkshire Archives and North Yorkshire Records Office don’t appear to be attending – but maybe the show is a bit too provincial for them.  Not to worry they will be at the Yorkshire Family History Fair at York Racecourse in June.  This will no doubt be the subject of further posts both before and after the event.

I am dragging my wife along on Saturday, although she won’t be quite as interested as her ancestors are from Lincolnshire and Staffordshire.  However I will need someone to carry my purchases!!

Hawkshead – Postcard #3

This is a postcard of St. Michael and All Angels church at Hawkshead in Lancashire.  The postcard has been used and is postmarked 20 July 1955.  It was sent from Windemere to a Miss I Jones in Ossett, West Yorkshire.

The publisher is Chadwick Studio Productions, 491 Oakwood Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Hawkshead is the birth place of my early maternal Musgrove (Musgreave / Musgrave) ancestors, especially my 6th and 5th great grandfathers – both called Joseph.  And some of my early ancestors were baptised at St. Michael and All Angels church.

The village is located in the ancient county of Lancashire but in the administrative county of Cumbria.  It is just north of Esthwaite Water, in a valley to the west of Windemere and east of Coniston Water – right in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

The township was originally owned by the monks of Furness Abbey.  The nearby village of Colthouse derives its name from the stables owned by the Abbey.  Hawkshead grew to be an important wool market in medieval times and later as a market town after the Dissolution of the Monastries in 1532.  It was granted its first market charter by King James I in 1608.  The poet William Wordsworth was educated at Hawkshead grammar school.

The church was built around 1300 on the site of a Norse Chapel.  The bulk of the building, as it exists today, is 16th and 17th century.  It occupies a lofty position, overlooking the village with a good view of the surrounding fells.

The church website (link above) has an excellent family history resource page with a plan of the graveyard including plot numbers and names and a list of memorial inscriptions.  They have also included a link to the Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerk Project where you can find a full list of all baptism, marriage and death records for the church (including surname index) from 1568 to 1864.


I saw the snow-white church upon her hill

Sit like a throned lady sending out

A gracious look all over her domain


The Prelude (William Wordsworth)




This refers to Wordsworth’s return to Hawkshead in 1788, following his first year in Cambridge.  The church was painted white at the time but the view is still the same.

On this day…..27th March

1934     Doreen Espley was born in Stockport, Cheshire.  She is my wife’s 4th cousin and was the daughter of James Henry Espley and Mary Fox.

1974     Wilfred Ernest Long died in York.  He is my 1st cousin 1x removed and his parents were Wilfred Ernest Long and Gladys Mary Morton.