York

Eleanor Yorke, Audio Clip

W.R. Mitchell (WRM) and Eleanor Yorke (EY) discuss the history of the Yorke family, from Sir Richard Yorke who was a wealthy York Merchant and Lord Mayor of the city of York in the late 1400s. Eleanor Yorke discusses the properties that the family held in Nidderdale from the sixteenth century and the story of Sir John Yorke of Gowthwaite, a catholic, who was fined by the Star Chamber in 1611 for allowing a pro-Catholic play to be performed in his home in 1609 over the Christmas period.

The Yorkes of Halton Place

The Yorke family of Halton Place traced their ancestry back to Sir Richard Yorke, a wool merchant of the city of York who was knighted by Henry VII shortly after the Battle of Bosworth. Sir Richard Yorke's family went on to gain many lands in Nidderdale and later in the Craven area. One of Sir Richard Yorke's descendants was famously tried in the Star Chamber in 1611 for holding a ‘Catholic’ play in his home at Gowthwaite Hall in Nidderdale. Just six years after the Gunpowder Plot, he was also accused retrospectively of being involved in that—but he managed to establish his innocence.

Philip Dawson, Full Transcript

In this interview Philip Dawson (PD) describes his childhood in Burnsall to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) and his family property history, as well as that of other old families in the area.

John Keavey, Full Transcript

John Keavey (JK) talks to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) about the popularity of cycling clubs, when Sunday club runs introduced many mill workers to the countryside. He also discusses the revolutionary impact of the trams and railways which increased the mobility of the ordinary working classes from the late nineteenth into the twentieth century.

John Keavey, Audio Clip

John Keavey (JK) talks to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) about his first bike ride with the Cyclists’ Touring Club.

John Keavey

John Keavey was born in Leeds in 1921 and grew up in York. He was a life-long member of the Cyclists Touring Club and the Youth Hostel Association. He was also a founding member of the Yorkshire Dales Railway Society and worked tirelessly to save the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway.

Annie Mason, Full Transcript Part 2

Anne Margaret Mason (AM) describes to W.R. Mitchell (WRM) life on an Upper Wensleydale farm in the first half of the 20th century, describing in particular haymaking, mowing, hay sledges, droving, cheesemaking, pig and geese keeping, and numerous references throughout the tape to the keeping and use of horses on a farm.  

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