Month: June 2011

Arncliffe – Postcard #9

This is a postcard of St. Oswald’s Church at Arncliffe, North Yorkshire.

The postcard is used and has a bit of wear and tear.  You can see the creases at the top right corner where it has been bent.  There is also some damage to the image – you can see this on the right end wall of the church.  Finally there is some staining down the middle of the image.  But apart from all that it’s perfect!

The card was published by T Turner of Skipton.

Unfortunately the stamp has been torn from the card and this has made the postmark impossible to read.  It looks like it is dated 17 July.  It was posted in Arncliffe to Private D Holland at the Military Hospital in Frensham, Surrey.  I suspect that Private Holland was there sometime during the First World War.

My interest in Arncliffe is because my 2x great grandmother, Hannah Dinsdale, was born there as were her siblings and two or three other people in my tree.  From what I have been able to establish Hannah was christened at St. Oswald’s church.

The first stone church here at Arncliffe was built in the 12th century.  In about 1500 the old church was pulled down and a new one was built, this time with a tower.

Then in 1796 everything except the tower was pulled down.  A new chancel was built on the site of the 16th century one, and the roof was opened up to show the timbers.

St. Oswald’s stands in a beautiful spot beside the River Skirfare.  I haven’t visited the church yet but it is on my list of things to do.

On this day … 12th June

1861 … Henrietta Buckley (nee Mason) was buried at Utley Cemetery near Keighley, West Yorkshire.  She is my 3x great grandmother.

1926 … James Espley was born in Stockport, Cheshire to parents James Henry Espley and Mary Fox.  He is my wife’s 4th cousin.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Books

This is the 23rd challenge in a weekly series from GeneaBloggers called 52 weeks of personal genealogy and  history, suggested  by Amy Coffin,  that invite genealogists to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.  Week 23 – Books.

I wasn’t a child who read much – but that has changed since growing up.

Of course like many children of my generation I recall reading Enid Blyton.  I was a Secret Seven reader.

I also remember reading Animal Farm (George Orwell), The Day of The Triffids (John Wyndham) and The Catcher in The Rye (J D Sallinger).  I know that I must have read more than that because I have memories of going to the local library and borrowing books but there is nothing else that has really stuck in my mind.

Since becoming an adult I now read regularly – especially crime fiction.  My list of favourite authors include John Grisham, Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson, Lee Child, Michael Connelly and David Baldacci.

Both me and my wife (Jayne) were sucked in to the Harry Potter phenomenon and have read them all.

The bookshelves at home include quite a number of non-fiction which tend to be political or sports biographies – many of which remain unread, although I have good intentions.

Wedding Wednesday – Flapper Girl?

I found this photograph in a tin I brought from my mum and dad. There are loads of photographs – some old and others more recent. I know some of the people, can guess at a few of the others and have no idea about the majority.

I have on my “to do” list getting my mum to go through the photographs and trying to put more names to faces.

Anyway, this particular photograph falls in to the category of “I have no idea who they are”.

I thought that I had struck lucky when I turned the photograph over and saw an inscription on the back. Then I read “This is us leaving the church after the wedding” – well I think I could have made quite a good stab at that myself. I just wanted to shout why didn’t you sign it “with love ….” or something.

I am guessing that the period is sometime in the 1920′s. Is the bride’s dress and head ware a bit “flapperish”? It looks like it to me.

So, whoever you are I hope you enjoyed your wedding day and had a happy life together. I might find out more about you in the future.

Cowling – Postcard #8

This is a postcard scene of Cowling in West Yorkshire.  The postcard is unused and is in good condition.  It is part of a series published by F. Frith & Co. Ltd of Reigate.

The location is on the outskirts of the village on the main road to Colne, in Lancashire.

The building on the right is the Black Bull public house.  This has sadly closed down and the building is now used as a pine and oak furniture shop.

In the far distance at the top of the postcard you can just make out Cowling Pinnacle.

The photograph below was taken on a recent visit to Cowling.  I couldn’t quite get in to  the same spot in the field where the postcard scene appears to have been taken from.  I am standing somewhere on the edge of the main so couldn’t quite get the same panoramic view.