The Programme of Meetings of the
Upper Dales Family History Group

2017 - 2018


  Meetings are held on Wednesdays through most of the year and alternate between
Fremington Sunday School just outside Reeth in Swaledale and the village hall at Harmby near Leyburn in Wensleydale.
An annual evening meeting is held in June.

Entry is free to members of the Cleveland FHS & 2 for visitors who are warmly welcome at all meetings

For directions to any event, please click on the venue name.

Fremington Sunday School

DL11 6AR

Harmby Village Hall

DL8 5PG

Postcodes are given for Sat Nav users



 

MEETINGS

Future meetings

25 October
2017

2pm
Fremington
Sunday School

Getting through the Daily Grind: Family Life in 19th Century Yorkshire

Family life and rural economy in 19th Century Yorkshire

Dr Graham Rogers

22 November
2017

2pm
Harmby

Wensleydale Clockmakers and their clocks

David began to research clock making in the Dales after discovering the craft in his own family tree and has recently been involved in an exhibition of more than 60 grandfather clocks, wall and table clocks, watches and barometers at Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn.
 

Dr David Severs

December
2017

 

Christmas Social - details to be arranged

 

 

 

 

28 February
2018

2pm
Harmby Village Hall

Farm Buildings of the Heart of Teesdale

Jennifer Deadman is a historic building surveyor and will be talking about several of the farmsteads which she recorded with a volunteer historic buildings survey group, training them not only to record the fabric of the buildings but also, through documentary research, to place them in their landscape setting and in their local historic context.


Jennifer Deadman

28 March
2018

2pm
Fremington

Sir Thomas Robinson, gentleman of Fashion

Anthony Wood is a volunteer guide at Rokeby and will be talking mainly about Thomas Robinson (1702-1777) builder of Rokeby Park, amateur architect, spendthrift, diplomat and scallywag; touching briefly of the Morrit family's association with the estate.
 

Anthony Wood

25 April
2018

2pm
Harmby

Cakes and Creativity, Life in a Rural Rectory

A collection of hand written magazines discovered in the attics of Thirsk museum, whose main contributors were the daughters of the late 19th century Rector of Sessay, The Rev. George Dupuis provides the basis for this talk about the lives of the family as seen through the pages of their magazines and mirrored in the local press.

 

Janet Ratcliffe and Sue Thorne

23 May
2018

2pm
Fremington

No Place Like Home

Peter is well known for his research into workhouses and this talk covers a new direction in his research, looking into children's homes and how children were looked after.

Peter Higginbotham

27 June
2018

7:30pm
Fremington

And the bride wore...

Gill Parkes is an archivist at Durham County Record Office who has selected group photographs of weddings from the archives to illustrate the changing fashions of the day and weddings across a wide social range, with some of the stories of the families in the photographs.

Gill Parks

25 July
2018

 

Social evening - details to be arranged.

 


 

Previous Meetings

27 September
2017

2pm
Harmby Village Hall

Early Asylum Life

Social historian David Scrimgeour looks at the lives of some of those who passed through the doors of the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield during the first 50 years of its existence, telling their stories in their own words.

David Scrimgeour

22 March
2017

2pm
Fremington Sunday School

A Priest in a Tree
Based on Kate's research into her own family history this talk is an overview of the anti-Catholic legislation which affected the lives of English men who trained as priests between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, illustrated by the experiences of five members of the Hurst family and a list of useful resources.

Kate Hurst

22 February
2017

2 pm
Harmby Village Hall

A Sword in One Hand and a Complement in the Other
An audience with Alice Thornton of Kirklington and Hipswell, 1627 - 1707, who will describe her life during the English Civil War and Commonwealth, being a daughter, wife and mother, and the profound effects of the war on her family

 

14 December
2016

Noon for 12.30 The Three Horseshoes,
Wensley

A Christmas lunch with a Show & Tell session of treasured objects with a family connection.

 

27 July
2016

6.30pm
Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes

A Social Evening beginning at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes where Liz Kirby introduced us to some of the resources in the Local Studies Room, followed by a meal at the White Hart Inn.
 

 

22 June
2016

7.30 - 9pm
Wensley Village Hall
DL8 4HT

Taking the Medicine, 145 years of a Family Doctors' House.
Dr Stephenson, a Sheffield GP, gave a talk on the history of her practice which commenced in 1870, describing how the team adapted and survived through many challenges over the years, which included cholera, influenza (twice) smallpox, two World Wars, the new NHS, industrial unrest, a flood and a disaster, to name but a few.

Dr Jenny Stephenson

25 May
2016

2pm
Fremington Sunday School

Attics and Acres - the archive of the Graham Family of Norton Conyers

Maxine Willett

27 April
2016
 
2pm
Harmby Village Hall
A Family Foundling
A story of a foundling from the Thomas Coram Foundling Hospital in London who was sent up to Ackworth in Yorkshire.
Followed by the AGM
Jennifer Stacey

23 March
2016

2pm
Fremington Sunday School

The Lord Giveth & The Lord Taketh Away
A story of 19th century emigration inspired by the research behind a gravestone in Darlington's West Cemetery.

Ann  Fell

24 February 2016 2pm
Harmby Village Hall
Keep it in the family
An informal round table discussion of problem solving and family tree sharing to compare notes and learn from each other.  Bring along any certificates of birth, marriage or death that you have and any other documents that either pose problems or lead to hints and tips which are helpful to share.
 
9 December 2015   Christmas event. Christmas lunch at the
Bolton Arms, Downholme
 
25 November 2015 2pm
Harmby village Hall

Great Uncle Chester! Where are you?
The story of Gillian's lengthy search for her bigamist great uncle.

Gillian Lord

28 October 2015 2pm
Fremington Sunday School
The North Riding's Forgotten Admiral.
Starting with an interesting memorial in St Agatha's church, Gilling West, and an unnoticed memorial in York Minster, Sam has researched the fascinating story of the life of Sir Christopher George Francis Maurice Cradock from Hartforth and his naval career, culminating in one of the naval disasters of World War One due to the inaction of a certain Winston Churchill.
Sam Woods

26 September
2015

10am
Thornborough Hall, Leyburn

The Gathering.
A series of presentations by some of our members in the morning, a buffet lunch and in the afternoon a workshop or visit to a local place of interest.

 
23 September
2015
2pm
Harmby Village Hall
Trials and Executions in York.
Discover where the gallows of York once stood and find out about some of the criminals whose trials and executions took place in the city. Some of you will have heard of such as Dick Turpin; others such as Eugene Aram were well known at the time but their fame has not lasted.
Karen Adams
22 July
2015

6.30pm
Green Howards Museum, Richmond

Social evening
 

 

24 June
2015
7.30pm
Harmby Village Hall
Links between surnames and place names in the dales Dr. George Redmonds

27 May
2015

2 pm
Fremington Sunday School

A Gruesome Discovery
In 1964, two mining students found the skeleton of a man in a disused lead mine near Buckden. After 50 years, his identity may be revealed. Dave Carlisle follows the twists and turns of this fascinating story.

Dave Carlisle

22 April
2015

2 pm
Harmby Village Hall

Hugh Pannell, an 18th century North Riding Clock Maker
Since retiring as Chief Superintendent of North Yorkshire, David has studied history at York University and has developed a particular interest in local clockmakers, including his own ancestors. He has written three books on the subject and recently hosted a major exhibition at Tennant's in Leyburn bringing together antique clocks from all over the country
Followed by the AGM.

Dr David Severs

25 March
2015
 

2 pm
Fremington
Sunday School

Taking tea with a Georgian Lady - Exploring the dress & customs of the early 19th century
A return visit by the ever popular ladies from Curriculum Kitchen

Jane Sammells & Rebecca Atkinson

28 October 2015 2pm
Fremington Sunday School
The North Riding's Forgotten Admiral.
Starting with an interesting memorial in St Agatha's church, Gilling West, and an unnoticed memorial in York Minster, Sam has researched the fascinating story of the life of Sir Christopher George Francis Maurice Cradock from Hartforth and his naval career, culminating in one of the naval disasters of World War One due to the inaction of a certain Winston Churchill.
Sam Woods

26 September
2015

10am
Thornborough Hall, Leyburn

The Gathering.
A series of presentations by some of our members in the morning, a buffet lunch and in the afternoon a workshop or visit to a local place of interest.

 
23 September
2015
2pm
Harmby Village Hall
Trials and Executions in York.
Discover where the gallows of York once stood and find out about some of the criminals whose trials and executions took place in the city. Some of you will have heard of such as Dick Turpin; others such as Eugene Aram were well known at the time but their fame has not lasted.
Karen Adams
22 July
2015

6.30pm
Green Howards Museum, Richmond

Social evening
 

 

24 June
2015
7.30pm
Harmby Village Hall
Links between surnames and place names in the dales Dr. George Redmonds


 


 

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