|About Families of Greenhow Hill, Yorks
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... just copy what you find here and add it to your tree. The data on this site should
be treated as a GUIDE ONLY - I do not have time to spend carefully checking the linkages between
people due to the amount af data I am working through - the linkages shown "seem" right to me,
but you should verify them yourself before adding them to your tree.
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able to help. It will be up to them, if they wish, to make contact.
The centre of this project is the village of Greenhow Hill, North Yorkshire, England, the highest
village in Yorkshire, at about 1200 feet above sea level and exposed in all directions to the
forces of nature: it can be warm and sunny in Pateley Bridge some 3 miles further eastward and
nearly 800 feet lower while blowing a blizzard on The Hill with snow drifting.
This project aims to record the families living there in the 19th century and before, and follow
them as they move on from the failing mining industry, in search of work in the neighbourhood
towns. Of even greater interest is the origins of the families and the reasons for travelling to
the Hill to work the local Lead Mines. I am attempting to tie up the closing of mines in other
areas, especially to the north, with the influx of miners.
This section can be found on the PEOPLE menu and contains various stories and articles relating
to Greenhow Hill and its people.
Work was probably the major factor influencing their movements.
The LONSDALE family came from Weardale and the STOBBS family from Allendale, both in
BLACKAH is said to be from Scotland.
BUSFIELD from Ravenstonedale & Brough, Westmorland.
CALVERT & CROFT from Arkengarthdale,
DUNN & PRATT from Wensleydale.
The MARSHALL family are reputed to have come from Derbyshire (Source Harald Bruff & Harold
Marshall), moving up to Grassington to work in the Duke of Devonshire's mines there, although I
have not yet found the link.
The WHITEHEADS too have been suggested that they came from Derbyshire (Source Harald Bruff), but
this too has yet to be proved.
I decided to keep to a standard surname for each family to make linking easier without having to
take into account variations in spelling, especially from the older sources, except where a
family branch starts using a variation exclusively, eg Blackah.
MACKWELL is used as the preferred name for Mackrill, Mackrell, Mackriel & Mackerell. I have seen
suggestions that MacKwell and Maxwell may be variations also, although not in this area.
NEWBOULD is used as the preferred name for Newbold, Newbound, Newbolt & Newboot.
EIDSON is used as the preferred name for Ideson, Iedson, Edson.
SKAIFE is used for Scaife.
SAVAGE is used for Saviage
SAVILLE is used for Savil and Savill
KABERRY for Kaysberry.
SWALES for Swale
LONGTHORN for Longthorne & Langthorn.
GRAINGE for Grange, although the former may just be a name variation for the Greenhow families,
similar to Blackah.
KIRKBRIGHT for Kirkbride, which seems to be an older form.
STOREY and STONEY may well be connected, although these have formed into 2 distinct family lines.
Similarly with BLACKER, BLACKAH, BLAKEY although sometimes the names are interchangeable.
is an older variant.
BUSFIELD & BOUSFIELD are also left as written, although the latter is probably the older version.
Greenhow village can be confusing, sitting on the watershed between the Nidd and Wharfe valleys
it was actually in 3 parishes:
The area to the east of Kell Dyke encompassing most of the village was in the Parish of Ripon,
Bewerley township, the mother church being St Mary's (now in ruins) in Pateley Bridge and later
To the west of Kell Dyke was the Parish of Burnsall, Appletreewick township, the mother church
being St Wilfred in Burnsall. The houses in part of the villages included: Craven Cross House,
Bar House, and the communities of Kell Houses, Lily Green, High Farside * Low Farside (cottages
on the west of Kell Dyke only - the building nowadays know as Low Far Side is on the east side).
Kell Dyke is today the boundary between Harrogate District Council and Craven District Council.
Just to the south of the road at Kell Dyke Corner is part of the Parish of Hampsthwaite, township
of Thornthwaite with Padside. This long thin part of this parish runs south-easterly passing
Greenhow Hill Top, missing out Duck Street Cottage, but incorporating Redlish House.
To complicate matters still further when St Mary's church was built at Greenhow about 1858 a new
Parish of St Mary's Greenhow Hill was carved out of these three.
Thus sometimes a Greenhow person was married at Hampsthwaite - this was because they lived within
the parish boundary at Greenhow. A Greenhow person who lists their place of birth
as "Appletreewick" in the census was probably not born in that village some 5 miles distant, but
is merely listing the township of their birth.
When listing place of birth therefore, Pateley Bridge, Bewerley & Greenhow Hill CAN be
interchangeable for a person born on The Hill. It isn't until the later censuses that Greenhow
Hill became listed as the the place of birth. When this is found to be true I have used this,
otherwise Bewerley or Pateley Bridge might be shown - the means that some families might show
children as having been born in 3 different places.
I am frequently asked what YKS stands for, the answer is Yorkshire. It is part of the Chapman
Coding for counties which tries to ensure a uniformity of abbreviations for counties. Thus
Lancashire is LAN, Northumberland is NBL etc. Please see the links section for a link to a page
which will give you all the codes.
If anyone can help by providing any information and/or photographs, making correction or
suggestions as to where more data can be found then please get in touch.
To all those people who have helped in some way to build this database, be it family trees,
photographs, information, help in linking families together - I couldn't have done it without
Please be aware
That the information contained in this database has been obtained from various sources:
1. The whole of the 1851 census for Greenhow village as well as the census for the years 1861-
2. Baptism Records from Greenhow Wesleyan Chapel (no marriages)
3. Marriage & Burial Records from St Mary's Church, Greenhow Hill.
4. Baptism, Marriage & Burial Records from St Mary's/St Cuthbert's Pateley Bridge.
5. Baptism, Marriage & Burial Records St Wilfred's Church, Burnsall.
6. Family trees that people have sent me and ones I have found on the internet.
The data is as correct as I can make it, but due to the uncertain nature of early information
there may be errors. I have the source citations for about 80% of this data; this might be just a
reference to someone else's tree or a link to a major source.
You have been invited to view the information contained herein because you have a connection with
Greenhow Hill. The general public cannot access this data without the necessary password. This
password will be changed at frequent intervals, please contact me if you wish to be informed of
the current password - please state your link to Greenhow Hill. If you want to ask any questions,
please either email me direct or leave a message in the guestbook.