Month: July 2011

On this day … 28th July

1700 … Henry Hurtley was born in Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire.  His parents were James Hurtley and Agnes Lawson.  He is my 5x great grandfather.

1806 … James Espley and Martha Silvester were married at Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire.  They are my wife’s 3x great grandparents.

1978 … Joseph Dawson died at Otley hospital in Yorkshire.  He is my grandfather.

Tombstone Tuesday – Fred and Bessie Espley

This plaque marks the spot where the ashes of Fred and Bessie Espley are buried.  The location is the graveyard of St. Clement’s parish church at Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire.

Fred and Bessie are my wife’s parents.

Fred was born in Smallthorne, Staffordshire in 1909 and died in Sutton on Sea in 1977.

Bessie was born Bessie Britliff in Grimsby, Lincolnshire in 1919.  She died in 2001 also in Sutton on Sea.

St. Clement's Church

Austwick – Postcard #12

Here is another postcard from my collection.  This time it’s the Church of the Epiphany and cross in the village of Austwick in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

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.

It looks like a really quiet rural scene.  However it is much different today with a two lane main road running alongside the church.

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My interest and connection with Austwick is through some of my Paley ancestors who were born in the village.

As far as I can tell the church dates back to the 1800’s.  The building is said to have been a former lecture hall and was consecrated in 1841.

The building is an English Heritage Building and is Grade II listed.

Austwick has it’s own Parish Council and the website has lots of information about the area including a link to some fabulous Dales Walks.