Newspaper Extracts - Thoralby


Northern Echo 31st January 1880



TAKING SALMON OUT OF SEASON. At Leyburn Petty Sessions yesterday, John Ryder, Burton-cum-Walden, was fined £1 0s 6d for catching a salmon in the West Burton Beck on the 25th of December. – Robert Lambert, labourer of Thoralby was fined £1 12s, including costs, for taking a salmon out of Thoralby Beck on the 26th of December.

York Herald 7th February 1880


A POLICEMAN CONVICTED OF SALMON POACHING. – Yesterday Frank Ryder, Edward Johnson, Thomas Johnson and James Leng (policeman) were charged with taking unseasonable salmon out of the West Burton Beck, on the 7th ult. Mr. Winn prosecuted, and Mr. Skidmore, of Darlington, defended. Richard Heseltine, of Thoralby, said he saw Ryder take a salmon out of the beck, the other defendants being with him. Defendants were fined £1 each and costs, which amounted to £6.

Yorkshire Gazette 14th February 1880



Persons of whom the Company or Partnership consists.

Name.               Residence.  Occupation.

Robert Lodge, Bishopdale, gentleman

Thomas Nicholson, Thoralby, grocer









York Herald – 10th July, 1880


SADLER. June 30th, ages 62, Amelia, widow of the late John Sadler, of High Green House, Thoralby, Bishopdale.

Karesborough Post – 30th October, 1880


A WENSLEYDALE FARMER IN AMERICA. - With pleasure we learn that Mr. John H. Willis, son of the late Mr. John Willis, blacksmith and farmer, formerly of Thoralby, Wensleydale, an enterprising young man, who some years ago left his native home for the great Continent of America, therby giving him a wider field of work as a farmer and cattle breeder, so far has been very successful. He has taken the first prize and also the best special prize with his celebrated short-horned bull, at the exhibition and fair of cattle shown at Crete, Saline County, Nebraska,. The above animal, we have reason to believe, is of the far-famed Carperby herd, the members of which have not been counted unworthy of royalty.


[John Harker Willis (1831-1920), emigrated to the USA in 1866, a land record in Omaha states that in 1868 he was granted 162 acres. He married Ellen C. A. Argles  and they had two children: Ernest E Willis (1889-1948) and Percy H Willis (1895-1897)].

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 22nd January 1881


J[.ohn] Sayer the elder, J[.ohn] Sayer the younger, G[.eorge] Sayer, & F[.rancis] Sayer, Thoralby, Yorkshire, corn millers.


York Herald – 1st March, 1881

Local and District



On Saturday, before Mr. Turner, Judge, Hannah Ratcliffe, widow of Thomas Ratcliffe, cattle dealer, Northallerton, sued Richard Heseltine, butter dealer, of Thoralby, near Hawes, for £7 7s. 10d., balance of a stack of hay sold to him. Mr. J.I. Jefferson, Northallerton, was for plaintiff, and Mr. J.W. Teal, Leyburn for defendant. Plaintiffs case was that the defendant bought a stack of hay at £3 17s. 6d, per ton. After about five tons had been delivered defendant said he required no more. Defendant had paid for what he got except a balance of 11s, and plaintiff had sold the remainder of the stack at 15s per ton less than defendant had agreed to pay. Plaintiff’s claim was for the difference between the auction sale and what defendant offered to give. Defendant said he had only bought part of the stack. His honour gave a verdict for the amount claimed, with costs…


York Herald – 26th March, 1881






On Saturday, before Mr. Turner, Judge Hannah Ratcliffe, widow of Thomas Ratcliffe, cattle dealer, Northallerton, sued Richard Heseltine, butter dealer, of Thoralby, near Hawes, for £7 7s. 10d, balance of a stack of hay sold to him, Mr. J. P. Jefferson, Northallerton, was for plantiff, and Mr. W. Teal, Leyburn, for defendant. Plantiff’s case was that defendant bought a stack of hay at £3 17s. 6d. per ton. After about five tons had been delivered defendant said he required no more. Defendant had paid for what he had got except a balance of 11s, and plaintiff had sold the remainder of the stack at 15s. per ton less than defendant had agreed to pay. Plaintiff’s claim was for the difference between the auction sale and what defendant offered to give. Defendant said he had only bought part of the stack. His honour gave a verdict for the amount claimed, with costs. ... 

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer 29th March 1881


LEYBURN. – The following have been appointed as overseers for the Division of Hang West. …

Bishopdale – Rowland Fawcett and John Metcalfe.

Newbiggin – William Pinchas Fryer and Henry Bushby.

ThoralbyRobert Fawcitt and Richard Routh.

Knaresborough Post 23rd April 1881


... New milk cheese, to consist of not less than three cheeses, the produce of one dairy, Thos. F. King, West Witton; 2, W. [illiam] Robinson, Thoralby, Bedale. ...

[William Robinson was a farmer, living at the Heaning Hall, Thoralby in the 1881 Census].


York Herald – 17th December, 1881


Local and District




Yesterday, Christopher Hutchinson, of West Hartlepool, and Francis Heseltine, of Thoralby, were charged with damaging a holly tree, on the estate of Mr. Mark Wyville, by cutting a quantity of holly for decoration purposes. The damage was computed at £1. The defendant was fined 19s. 6d., including costs, and damage.


Yorkshire Gazette – 5th January, 1882





The business of the Sessions was resumed yesterday morning at the Court-house, Northallerton …




Mr. E.C. Chester, Northallerton, bank agent (Foreman).

Mr. J. Armstrong, Northallerton, commercial traveller.

Mr. T. Brown, Stainton, gentleman.

Mr. W.A. Binning, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. J.L. Brodrick, Hawes, land agent.

Mr. Wm. Bell, Northallerton, architect.

Mr. J. Beetham, West Harlsey, farmer.

Mr. G. Clark, Thrintoft, farmer.

Mr. T.H. Dunn, Seamer, farmer.

Mr. W.N. Haigh, Scalby, gentleman.

Mr. J.Hopper, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. H. Jackson, Seamer, farmer.

Mr. L. Jaques, [jun.] Thoralby, farmer.

Mr. C. Lancaster, East Witton Without, farmer.

Mr. Wm. Oliver, Thrintoft, farmer.

Mr. Wm. Plaxton, Ruston, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. J.W. Smith, Hawes, gentleman.

Mr. J. Thompson, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. J. Trotter, Gale Bank, Wensley, farmer.

Mr. J. Thomas, North Otterington, farmer.

Mr. G. Turner, Long Lands, Romanby, farmer.

Mr. J. York, Little Sneaton, gentleman.

Yorkshire Gazette – 7th January, 1882





On Tuesday, at eleven o’clock the Epiphany Session for this riding were opened at the Court House, Northallerton …




Mr. E. C. Chester, Northallerton, bank agent (foreman).

Mr. J. Armstron, Northallerton, commercial traveller.

Mr. T. Brown, Snaiton, gentleman.

Mr. W.A. Binning, Sherburn, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. J.L. Broderick, Hawes, land agent.

Mr. Wm. Bell, Northallerton, architect.

Mr. J. Beetham, West Harley, farmer.

Mr. G. Clark, Thrintoft Park, Thrintoft, farmer.

Mr. T.H. Dunn, Seamer, farmer.

Mr. W. H. Haigh, Scalby, gentleman.

Mr. G. Hampton, Scalby, land agent.

Mr. J. Hopper, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. H. Jackson, Seamer, farmer.

Mr. L. Jaques, [jun.] Thoralby, farmer.

Mr. C. Lancaster, East Witton Without, farmer.

Mr. Wm. Oliver, Thrintoft, farmer.

Mr. Wm. Plaxton, Ruston, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. J. W. Smith, Hawes, gentleman.

Mr. J. Thompson, Ruston, Wykeham, farmer.

Mr. J. Trotter, Gale Bank, Wensley, farmer.

Mt. Thomas, North Otterington, farmer.

Mr. G. Turner, Longlands, Romanby, farmer.

Mr. J. York, Little Smeaton, gentleman.


York Herald – 25th February, 1882


Local and District




Yesterday, before Lord Bolton and other magistrates, Wm. McMullen, apprentice to John Drislane, horse trainer, Middleham, was charged with leaving his employment in December. Mr. Teale, of Leyburn, was for the complainant, and Waistell, of Northallerton, for defendant. Ordered to return, and pay costs and damages. – James Little, of Askrigg, was fined £1 8s., including costs, for assaulting John Anthony Webster. – Richard Heseltine, innkeeper, [George Inn] Thoralby, was fined £1 14s., including costs, for refusing to admit the police. – John Brown, farmer, of Hauxwell, was fined “2 18s. for trespassing in pursuit of game, at Hauxwell. Mr. Teale, Leyburn, supported the summons. – William Thwaites, alias Baker, of West Burton, was charged with taking salmon out of season, on the 4th Feb. Mr. Winn, of Askrigg, appeared for the Yorkshire Fishery Board, Defendant was met on the road between West Burton and Aysgarth Station by P.C. Haley carrying a carpet bag, in which were two salmon, newly killed. Defendant, who did not appear, was fined £5 11s., including costs.- William Hammel, of Thoralby, was charged by the Yorkshire Fishery Board with using a gaff for killing salmon in the Ure on the 10th January, Mr. Winn again represented the Board. Fined £1 10s., including costs. – John Kelly, a tramp, was charged with stealing 2s. 6d. from F.W. Beetham on the 21st inst. Prosecutor went into the Post-office to get half-a-crown changed. He placed the coin on the counter, whence prisoner contrived to steal it. On being searched soon after, however, nothing was found on him, but next morning, on leaving the Workhouse, he was watched by Superintendent Nicholson, who saw him take something from a wall a short distance from Leyburn. On searching him he found the half-crown. Sent to prison for 21 days with hard labour.

Leeds Mercury – 25th March, 1882


Advertisements and Notices.

TO LET, in Wensleydale, HEANING HOUSE, containing, dining, drawing, and five rooms, kitchens, cellars, and gardens. Rent £20. Address H. Reed, Esq., Thoralby, Bedale. G 4075

Northern Echo – 4th April, 1882


Appointment of Overseers.


Bishopdale - William Bushby and Matthias Dixon ...

Newbiggin - James Dent and John Lambert ...

Thoralby - John Fawcett and Thomas Fawcett ...


Yorkshire Gazette – 7th July, 1883






On Monday evening, as Mr. John Fawcett, of Thoralby, was returning home from Askrigg Moor fair, along with other three persons, he was thrown out of a trap, and his head came in violent contact with the iron step, from which he received injuries which proved fatal. It appears that the trap was stopped near to a farm house, called “Throstle Nest,” in order to allow two of the party to get out, and deceased was in the act of stepping over the front seat from the back one he had hitherto occupied, and, losing his balance, fell head foremost, but was prevented from going any further by the other person seizing him by the leg. He was carried to the George and Dragon Inn, Aysgarth, where he lingered on until Wednesday. Deceased was 25 years of age.


[John Fawcett was a carpenter, living at the Volunteer Inn, Thoralby in the 1881 Census].


York Herald – 29th December, 1883


Local and District




Yesterday, before Lord Bolton and other magistrates, James Willis, of Thoralby, charged James Coates, of the same place, with unlawfully taking a salmon from Thoralby Beck on the 2nd inst. Mr. W.E.M. Winn, of Askrigg, appeared for the Yorks. Fishery Board. Defendant did not appear, and was fined £3 12s. including costs.- James Coates was also fined £1 15s, for using a gaff for the purpose of taking salmon in Thoralby Beck on the 6th Dec; and Francis Lambert, of Thoralby was fined £1 4s. for aiding and abetting in that offence. – John Ryder of West Burton, farmer’s son, was fined £3 4s. 6d., including costs, for taking an unseasonable salmon from Ashington Beck on the same 8th inst.


Yorkshire Gazette- 5th April, 1884






Abbotside High, John Sedgwick and Anthony Johnson; Abbotside Low, Clement Thompson and Geo. Scarr, jun.; Akebar Jas. Thompson; Arrathorne, Joseph Addison Parlour and Robt.Trotter; Askrigg. Miles Little and Robt. Mason; Aysgarth, Thos. Baynes and Jas. Thompson; Bainbridge, John Close and Jas. Kirkbride; Barden, Jas. Taylor and Jos Hutchinson; Bellerby, Wm. Brown and Jos. Pearson; Bishopdale, Wm. Dent and Thos. Lambert; Burton-cum-Walden, Wm. Metcalfe and C. Matson; Burton Constable, John Ake and David Ake; Bolton Castle, Henry Mason and Philip Dinsdale; Calbridge, John Falshaw and Matthew Harrison; Carlton Town, Henry Harrisob and Jas. Walls; Carlton Highdale, Joseph Rider and Christopher Watson; Carperby, James Pickard and Thos. Scott; Coverham, Matthew Watson and R. Brown; Downholme, Thos. Brown and Jas. Russell; Ellerton, R. Nelson and Robt. Hird; Finghall, Francis Dennison and Wm. Suffield; Gariston, J. Siddle and J. Burnett, Grinton, Mark Kendall; Harmbt, Matthew Dobson Peacock and Wm. Pattison; Hauxwell East, Francis P. Slater and Jas. Bowe; Hauxwell West, Martin Robinson; Hawes, Wm. Alderson and J. Metcalfe; Hunton, Jno. Atkinson and Wm. Waller; Leyburn, Wm. H. Horn and Anthony Urwin; Melmerby, Matthew Watson and Richard Simpson; Middleham, C. Clarkson and Geo. Blades; Newbiggin, Richard L. Dent and J. Lambert; Preston, Jeremiah Horn and Wm. Robinson ; Redmire, J. Dinsdale and J.S. Calvert; Srafton West, J. Horner and Tristram Hogg; Spennithorne, G. Langstaff, sen., and G. Barker; Stainton, Robt. Deacon and Jas. Wilson; Thoralby, Thos. Fawcett and Wm. Metcalfe; Thornton Steward, J. Robson and H. Waddington; Thornton Rust, Jeremiah Richardson and Simon Hunter; Wensley, Thos. Glew and Jonathon Robinson; Witton East (Within), J. Croft sen., F. Croft Barker; Witton East (Without), Wm. Vayro and Wm. Thompson; Walburn, H. Storey and G. Spence; West Witton, J. Rodwell and T. Brown.  


Karesborough Post – 16th August, 1884


THUNDERSTORMS. - Considerable damage has been done in the neighbourhood by violent thunderstorms of the past week. A cow belonging to a poor widow of the name of Scott, at Thoralby, on Sunday afternoon, was struck by lightning, and on Tuesday morning a horse was killed by the same cause near Hawes Junction, belonging to Mr.William Metcalfe, of Moor Cock Inn.


[Jane Scott, Cote Bottom Farm, Thoralby].

Yorkshire Gazette – 29th November, 1884


Local News




Yesterday, before Lord Bolton and other magistrates, for youths, hailing from Middleham, were charged by Elizabeth Cooper, domestic servant, of the same place, with assaulting her on the 9th November. The complainant was returning from Divine worship, when the defendants came up to her and made remarks that she di d not notice. Then they took hold of her and assaulted her. They were fined 10s. each. – Richard Heseltine, innkeeper [George Inn] of Thoralby, was charged by Supt. Nicholson with permitting gaming on licensed premises, on the 5th November. Mr. Teale, solicitor, of Leyburn, appeared for defendant. Defendant had a booth on Middleham Moor at the annual fair. Sergeant Pinkney, stationed at Middleham, proceeded to the Moor and entered the defendant’s booth, and he there found four men playing “Nap” for money. He informed them that they were doing an illegal act, took possession of the cards, and reported the case to his superior officer. The defendant was fined £1 1s., including costs. – Margaret Heseltine, innkeeper, of Bainbridge, was charged by Superintendent Nicholson with selling liquors during prohibited hours on the morning of the 6th November. Police-sergeant Pinkney. On the morning of that day, whilst doing his rounds on Middleham Moor, found some parties in the defendants booth drinking after closing hours. The defendant was fined £1 15s., including costs. An attendance order was made against Ralph Hopps, of Bellerby, for neglecting to send his children to school.

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail – 25th September 1886



Yesterday, whilst a servant girl was taking down the shutters of the shop of Mr. F. Kitson, hairdresser, Harrogate, a man called and said he wanted a shave, and wished to catch the seven o'clock train. The girl went to call someone up and when she returned saw the man standing before a looking-glass cutting his throat. A man named Hill Hill rushed into the shop and Dr. Ward was sent for, bur before he arrived the man, who is supposed to have been a farmer of Thoralby, Wensleydale was dead.

[I have not been able to identify who this person was or if he was from Thoralby].

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – 19th August 1886





... To erect a suitable reredos worthy of the rest of the church, and to make other improvements, such as a door into the vestry from without, and possibly a tower arch, £300 is urgently required. Such is the why and wherefore of the bazaar, and the elaborate ceremonies connected with it.

The opening ceremony took place in the Schoolroom at half-past twelve o'clock, when among the company present were ... Mr R. Lodge (Bishopdale), ... Mr R. Sadler (Southport), the Misses Sadler (Thoralby), ...

... Great interest was excited by the procession of the Heather Queen (Miss Ina Winn) and the ceremonies attendant upon the coronation, to witness which an adjournment was made immediately after the opening in the schoolroom to an adjoining field, where the committee had the use of a large marquee lent by Mr. G.W. Elliott, M.P. ...

York Herald – 26th April, 1887




Yesterday, at the Court-house, Northallerton, the public examination of four bankrupts took place before Mr. W. T. Jefferson, Registrar… Re Jeffrey Heseltine, of Thoralby, in the parish of Aysgarth, farmer and cheese factor. The evidence taken last examination having been signed by the bankrupt as correct, his examination was closed.


York Herald – 14th April, 1887





At Wensley vestry meeting yesterday, the Hon. and Rev. T.O.Powlett presided. The following were re-elected:- Wensley, Mr. Wyse; Leyburn, Mr. Raw; Preston, Mr. Willis. At Aysgarth, last night, the following were elected churchwardens for the several townships:- Aysgarth, W.H. Tomlinson; Thornton Rust, Captain Chapman; West Burton, J.C. Winn; Carperby, W. Bell; Newbiggin, R. Thwaite; Bishopdale, R. Lodge; Thoralby, L. Jaques. At Middleham, last night, Mr. Thos. E. Swale and S. Croft were re-elected churchwardens. At Bellerby, Mr. R. Campbell and Mr. Broadley were re-elected wardens.

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer  – 29th July, 1887




WANTED, for the Cross Lanes School, Thoralby, Bedale, a Certified MASTER withe the necessary testimonials. Address to the Cross Lanes School Committee, Thoralby.


Yorkshire Gazette – 4th February, 1888





On Friday evening a large company assembled to hear as advertised a lecture on America, by the Rev. R. J. Hill, Vicar of Salton. The lecture was introduced by the Rev. T.W. Stow. Songs were given at intervals by Mr. Stow and others.


[Stephen Dinsdale, native of Thoralby b. 1812 at High Green Farm, son of John Dinsdale & Elizabeth Fawcett, had emigrated to America in 1839 and he still had family living in and around Thoralby].

York Herald – 14th July, 1888





A NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL FOR THORALBY. - Wesleyanism has received an impetus in the village of Thoralby, near Aysgarth, as the attendance at the existing chapel has increased so much of late to make it desirable to build a new chapel. The trustees have had a very handsome offer made they by Mr. Robert Sadler, of Southport, a native of Thoralby, of a mist eligible site on which to build a new chapel, and his offer to take as much land as is required has been accepted. A committee has been formed to build a new chapel upon the site which has been presented to them.


York Herald – 5th April, 1888





The annual meeting was held on Monday night, the Vicar (Rev. F.C. Stow) in the chair. The following churchwardens were elected: - Aysgarth, W.H. Tomlinson; West Burton, J.C. Winn; Thoralby, L. Jaques; Newbiggin, R. Thwaite; Carperby, W. Bell.

York Herald – 17th November, 1888





LEYBURN POLICE-COURT. Yesterday, at Leyburn Town Hall, before Lord Bolton and the Hon. W.T. Orde-Powlet, John Sarginson, of Thoralby, tailor was committed for 14 days' hard labour for neglecting to maintain his wife and four children, who were now chargeable to the common fund of Aysgarth Union. ...


York Herald – 26th May, 1888






Yesterday, Thos. Metcalfe, farmer, of West Burton, was fined £1 1s for removing a cow from Buckton, in the West Riding, to the North Riding without having a license. Michael Webster, farmer of Thoralby, was fined £1 1s. 6d. for removing a calf from Buckton, in the West Riding, to Thoralby without a license. – Ann Horn, of Bolton, Francis Place, William Airey, and John Whaley were fined 5s. each for neglecting to send their children to school.

York Herald – 21st March, 1889




On Monday the Wensleydale Harriers hand another splendid day's hunting. A bagged fox, which had been run about six miles and then secured by Squire Tomlinson, afforded a capital run. The hounds met at the Palmer Flat in beautifully fine March weather, there being a good turn out of horsemen while there were a good many followers on foot. The bagged fox was turned down in Burton Bottoms, near to West Burton, and he made good use of his liberty by making for West Burton then through Thoralby and straight for Heaning Gill. In order to baffle his pursuers who were not put on the scent until the fox had fully eight minutes' start, the wily one ran by the side of Haw Beck and this ruse was particularly successful, as two hounds only were able with speed to follow the scent, which laid remarkably well. ...

The run together was upwards of four miles, the race being a cracker over very stiff country. This finishes up the season of the Wensleydale Harriers.

Craven Herald – 27th April, 1889


THE PRIMITIVE METHODISTS of the above village held their annual tea meeting in the New Reading-Room on Good Friday, to which a good number sat down. The tables were presided over by Mrs Lambert, Mrs Willis, Mrs Thwaite and Mrs Bushby, assisted by the following ladies, Mrs Jos. Webster, Mrs F. Sayer, Miss E. Thwaite, the Misses Ellen and Lizzie Willis, Miss Dora Webster, Miss E. Dinsdale, and Miss A. Heseltine. In the evening a public meeting was held, presided over by Mr. J. W. Spenseley, and addressees were delivered by the Rev. J.C. Livesey, Mr H. Tennamt and Mr C. Walker. The choir, assisted by Mr E. Brown and Mr. J. Dinsdale, rendered valuable assistance by singing a choice selection of hymns. Miss Ellen Willis presided at the harmonium.

Craven Herald – 24th August, 1889


OPENING OF THE NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. - On Thursday in the last week,  the New Wesleyan Chapel in the village was opened by the Rev Sylvester Whitehead, of Southport. The Chapel itself is a neat little building situated immediately opposite the old one and facing at right angles to it.  The front is pitch faced ashlar stone with a neat row of wrought iron palisading in front. The windows are of the ordinary cast glass relieved with tinted gothic panel in the centre of each. The door and interior woodwork is pitch pine, varnished. The rostrum, communion rails and singing pew are on to the left, while the floor has a gentle rise to the right. The lamps are of the latest design and suspended from the roof. The plans &c., have been drawn up by Mr T.F.King of Edgley, the contractors being Mr Jas. Peacock, Redmire and Mr Weatherald, Askrigg. The morning of the opening day was somewhat cloudy, and gravefears were entertained as to the day being fine; however, about noon a smart breeze sprung up and the clouds dispersed. Long before the time appointed for service, every available space was occupied, and as many could not get in, it was deemed advisable (after the first part of the service was over) to adjourn to a large marquee erected in the adjoining field. It was found many had already got seated, and in a very short tome the tent was quickly filled. Mr Whitehead took his text Revelations iii. 12. and preached a stirring sermon. - A public tea was provided in the reading-room, many partaking of the good things provided. In the evening the Rev J. Chambers (Middleham), opened a public meeting. The chair was occupied by Mr J.C. Winn, J.P., of West Burton, who in a very fitting little speech introduced the Rev S. Whitehead to give his lectuyre "The Bible in China," which was highly appreciated. The day's proceedings amounted to over £35. The Rev J. Chambers preached the ioening services on Sunday last.

Craven Herald – 4th October, 1889


TO LET, "TOWN HEAD FARM," consisting of about 25 Acres of good Meadow Land, and 20 Acres of sound Pasturage. The house and outbuildings are most  convenient. Same to be entered upon on March 25th ,1890. Tenders to be sent to Sep Sadler, West Burton, Bedale.

Craven Herald – 8th November, 1889

OBITUARY. - On Sunday evening Mr William Dent, of Leyburn, conducted a memorial service in the New Wesleyan Chapel, Thoralby, in memory of Mr Thomas Haw, late of Thoralby, shoemaker, who died on the 17th ult., at the good old age of 77 years, and was buried at Aysgarth on the 21st ult. The chapel was crowded to excess, every inch of space being occupied, there being five persons in the Rostrum along with Mr Dent, and many were unable to gain admission at all. Mr Dent, who always counts his congregation when preaching, informs our correspondent that there were 285 persons in the chapel. After the usual singing and prayer, the reading of the lessons, and the singing of another hymn, Mr Dent commenced his sermon, taking for his text the words "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, for their works do follow them," and after a few opening remarks he gave a short outline of the life and character of the deceased. He said that Thomas Haw was born in the village of Well, near Bedale, on the 6th day of July , 1812, where he lived with his parents until he was out of his apprenticeship, after which he came and took up his abode at Thoralby, where, with the exception of a break of about a year, he had lived ever since. After stating the date on which deceased was converted and joined the Wesleyan body, he said that deceased preached his first sermon in Thoralby Wesleyan Chapel exactly 49 years ago that very night, and it was a singular coincidence that he was planned to preached at Thoralby on the night when Mr Dent was preaching his memorial sermon. Mr Dent produced a plan for the Middleham Circuit for the year 1840 and out of the 34 names which appeared thereon, only one was now living, Mr Jeremiah Horn, of Preston-under-Scar. Mr Dent next dwelt upon the work of deceased in the Sunday school as a teacher, then as superintendent, and afterwards as class leader. He also narrated the many good qualities possessed by the deceased and the deep interest taken by him pertaining to the work of God, particularly in the rearing of the new chapel which he had longed to live to see. The congregation, during the time Mr Dent occupied in narrating the above facts, remained in breathless silence, and but for the sobs of some ladies who broke down, a pin might have been heard to fall. It is doubtful whether the Chapel will ever again have as many people within its walls as it remains a chapel, and this is one of the many proofs of the high esteem in which deceased was held by the townspeople of Thoralby and the neighbouring villages.



York Herald – 30th November, 1889



SUDDEN DEATH AT THORALBY. A painful case of sudden death occurred at Thoralby, near Aysgarth, on Thursday night. It appears that Dorothy Dinsdale, wife of Thomas Dinsdale, tailor and farmer, retired to rest apparently in her usual health, but after she had been in bed for a short time, she complained to her husband of being ill, and died before medical aid could be procured. Death is supposed to have been caused by heart disease.


[Dorothy was only aged 42].

Craven Herald – 6th December, 1889

To Let.

BLIND SYKE, near THORALBY. - TO BE LET from 6th April next, BLIND SYKE FARM containing 77 acres, more or less, of Meadow and Pasture Land. - Apply to William Metcalfe, Blind Syke, or the Thomas Metcalfe, Nappa Hall, Wensleydale.

Craven Herald – 6th December, 1889



... At the instance of Wm. Metcalfe, school attendance officer to the Bainbridge Board of Guardians, the following parents were fined 6d each and costs, amounting to 5s in all, for not sending their children regularly to school: - Geo. Preston, Stall-in-Busk; James Waller, Thoralby; and Mary Byker, of West Burton.

Northern Echo - 13th December, 1889

Situation &c., Vacant.

SHOEMAKER, - Wanted, good Country Shoemaker. Permanent work for a steady reliable man. - Apply, J.L. Haw, Thoralby, Bedale. m229.


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