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Farndale History Group

Farndale has a rich history, and generates a lot of interest in people locally, and many further afield.

The dale sees many visitors each year, people walking or having a drive out – many of whom come back regularly and have a story to tell about Farndale, or remember coming as a child and visiting relatives in the dale.
There’s a lot of things that the History Group could delve into – the estate and different ownership; wartime and how it impacted on Farndale and its people; all the different houses and their histories; long-standing family histories; plans for a reservoir; the daffodils and tourism; mining and iron, jet etc; farming and traditional lifestyles; different houses/farms; folklore and things like the Hob of Farndale; brass bands, choirs and singing groups; the list goes on and on!!
Over recent years, there had been a few meetings in the Village Hall, for people interested in local history, including in the autumn of 2019.  We had plenty of discussions about ‘the olden days’, a talk from someone at another history society, and plenty of photographs and old maps to look at.
On 22nd April 2022, Phil Collier gave a talk in the Village Hall on Friday 22nd April about his early family life and farming in Bransdale and Farndale.  The Hall was fit to burst! It was a really good evening, with lots of chatter and of course tea and cake!  It raised over £500 for St Mary’s Church – many thanks Phil.

Janet Campling showed her ‘A Year in Farndale’ film at the Hall in May and it was so popular, she arranged three further screenings.  The evenings raised funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, St Mary’s Church and the Farndale Fruitcake team entry for Cancer Research’s Pretty Muddy event.

On Friday 17th June, we hosted a talk by Gordon Clitheroe, who showed a series of photographs – rural pictures, landscapes of the villages of Ryedale and surrounding area.  Again, this was really well attended, and donations on the night went to the Beck Isle Museum in Pickering.

With all the recent interest in local families, photographs and history, a meeting was held on 2nd November 2022, and it was decided to re-start the History Group.

The Group members looked into date stones of houses in the dale and met again on Monday 30th January 2023 at 7.30pm.  This was followed by meetings every two two months, again in March, May and July.

In June the group had a trip out to Northallerton to the Records Office, where the staff had very helpfully got out a few items from the Feversham Estate collection on Farndale to look at.  Group meetings were held again every two months after.

The next meeting will be on Monday 29th July at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

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