The 2018 Gathering was a great day of
presentations by some of our own members and guest speakers.
Karen Ellwood spoke about Reverend
Jacob Costobadie who was the Rector of Wensley parish from
1750 – 1802 and came from a Huguenot background. Sheila
Harris gave us the story of a branch of the Constantine
family which began with Coverdale millers and ended on the
gallows. Catherine Ryan gave a presentation on a number of
people from Teesdale who had moved to London and set up
successful cheese businesses – ending by handing round
samples of Cotherstone cheese! Val Slater had researched one
of her direct ancestors, the Reverend James Law, who had
lived from 1755 – 1831 and was assistant curate first at
Aysgarth, then Horsehouse in Coverdale.
After a buffet lunch and time to look around the Museum and
browse in the Local Studies Room we had three presentations
from invited guests.
Thomas Chandler is a playwright, a member of the Richmondshire Youth Theatre, and still at school! Thomas had
written a moving play about dales miners who fell on hard
times and moved to America. He told us why this story
inspired him to write and how the Youth Theatre put on a
play in 2017 based on the story of the Daykin family,
illustrating this with audio-visual snippets of the young
people acting out parts of the story.
Rob and Harriet Fraser are a photographer and a writer who
came to talk about their exhibition “Voices from the Land”
which interpreted the cultural landscape of the dales. They
had spent time with farmers, discovering their affinity with
the landscape and the challenges of working and earning a
living in the dales environment. Fantastic portraits of
farmers in their working clothes, alongside interviews which
have been transcribed, have made their work a resource for
researchers of the future.
Dave Carlisle came to talk about the Earby Mines Research
Group, their early exploits underground, how they collected
material for the Earby Mining Museum, and how that
collection has now come to the museum at Hawes.