Linton – Postcard #6

This is a postcard of St Michael and All Angels Church at Linton in the Yorkshire Dales. It is a real photograph published by Walter Scott, Bradford. The postcard is unused and is in very good condition.

The church must be one of the most individual of all Dales’ churches. It dates from the 12th century, during the period of church building that characterised Henry II’s reign (1154-1189), and is very squat without a tower. The church was extensively altered in the 14th century, but it still retains parts of the earlier church.

The church is located quite a distance from the village and occupies a wonderful position on a bend of the River Wharfe. The graveyard stretches right to the banks of the river.

According to the church guide it stands on an old pagan site, but in the 7th century it was Christianised by either St Wilfred or St Paulinus. There is good evidence for this because, in the field opposite, there is what could be part of a pagan stone circle.

It is estimated that over 10,000 people have been buried in the churchyard, over the centuries, going back to pre-Christian time. I managed to find the graves and headstones of two of my ancestors.

It is also said that the church is haunted by a monk who had lived at a nearby abbey.

Here’s the photograph we took on our recent visit.

St Michael's and All Angels, Linton

St Michael's and All Angels, Linton


Addingham – Postcard #5

This is a postcard of St. Peter’s church in Addingham, West Yorkshire. The card is unused and the condition is not very good. In fact I would go so far as to say that all is not as it seems at first glance.

The front of the postcard says that it is published by the Skipton Stationery Co. The back of the card appears to be from something else all together. There is an inscription which says – No 4046 published by Portland Post Card Co., Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash. (Made in Germany).

The Portland Post Card Co. (1908-1916) published many scenes from the American west coast including Alaska. They were the official publisher of postcards for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in 1909. But I doubt very much that they ever published a postcard of St. Peter’s church, Addingham.

I haven’t yet been able to find an image of Portland Post Card No. 4046. If anyone else happens to spot one I would be interested to have a look.

So then I have a postcard that is almost certainly not in its original state. Nevertheless I got it for the picture of the church so it adequately meets that requirement.

St. Peters, Addingham has its own website with lots of history about Christian worship on the site in three millennia dating back to the 9th century.

My interest in Addingham is that it is the birth place of my 2x great grandfather, John Stowell (1828-1885) and some of his siblings. They didn’t stay there very long and certainly by the time of the 1851 census they had moved across the Pennines to Burnley in Lancashire.

I haven’t yet been to the records office to look for the baptism’s of my Stowell ancestors but I am guessing that they were probably baptised at St. Peter’s.

Clitheroe – Postcard #4

This is a postcard of the Market Place in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

The postcard is unused and I think dates from around 1950. It is published by F Frith & Co of Reigate.

I got the card simply because Clitheroe is an important location in my ancestral heritage, especially on my maternal side of the family. There is also a good possibility that my Dawson line can be traced back there sometime in the mid 1700’s.

The postcard shows a group of people in the bottom left standing outside the offices of  the Clitheroe Advertiser & Times newspaper. My mother tells me that there is a bus stop there.

Interestingly there are no road markings visible – either down the middle of the main road or at the junctions. There is a pedestrian crossing just behind the truck in the centre of the card. You can see the Belisha beacons at either side of the road. When pedestrian crossings were first introduced they were marked by large metal studs in the road surface. These crossings were later painted in black and white stripes, thus are known as zebra crossings.

At the top you can just see Clitheroe castle behind the trees. I am on the look out for a postcard of the castle and then this might appear in another blog post.

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.

Cowling – Postcard #2

This is a postcard of Croft Mill in Cowling, West Yorkshire.  The postcard is unused and undated.  There is no printer or publisher name although it looks to be from the same range as another one in my collection by F. Frith & Co. Ltd of Reigate.

The mill was owned and run by John Binns & Son Ltd. (1852-1971).  The mill was built on land behind the Bay Horse Inn known as “The Croft”.  A history of the mill was published in a book called Binns – A Weaving Century.  After more than a hundred years of production and eventual take over by big business tycoons the doors were closed for the last time on 17 July 1971.

The mill was demolished between 1971 and 1972 and houses now stand where once stood a piece of history from the industrial revolution.

Cowling – Postcard #1

We had a day off work today and the weather was pretty good so we decided to have a trip to Cowling village, the home of my Dawson ancestors.  You could have an interesting debate as to whether Cowling is in North or West Yorkshire.  The village falls within North Yorkshire County Council but has a West Yorkshire post code.  I prefer to think of it as in West Yorkshire.

We spent a good couple of hours wandering round taking lots of photographs.  I especially wanted to look for the locations in the postcards I purchased yesterday.  We had another search in St Andrew’s Methodist Church graveyard and took some more pictures which will appear in future Tombstone Tuesday posts.  I am really disappointed that I haven’t been able to locate any Dawson’s in the graveyard – it remains a mystery to me where they are buried.

This postcard is unused.  There is no publisher name or date.  I am guessing that the date is sometime in the 1960’s judging by the style of the vehicle in the image.  The scene shows a vehicle leaving Gill Lane and joining the main road that runs through the village – Keighley / Colne Road (A6068).

We took this photograph today from roughly the same place as the postcard.  We’re standing in Hartley Memorial Field – a bit nearer the railings because there are a few trees blocking the view further back.  As you can see the first two buildings on the front left of the postcard are not there anymore.  The side wall of taller property has now been painted white.