This is the first volume of the Yorkshire Archaelogocial and Topographical Association's Record Series Journal. Published in 1885 it comprises two series of records. Series one, spread over forty seven pages is a calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem for the County of York which at the time were held in the Public Record Office in London. This is a listing of some 2,300 names of feudal tenants in chiefs who died and following their death it was necessary to establish exactly what lands they held and who was to succeed them. This calendar is a very useful guide as to where exactly to find the full records, which are an extremely useful genealogical source.
The bulk of this publication is made up of an index to the wills of Yorkshire for the first half of the 17th Century. While the period covered is relatively short the numbers of wills is in excess of 4,000. The details provided include name of individual, occupation in many cases, place of residence, date of will and administrator. In many cases the administrator is a member of the family. So with at least two names per record there are over 8,000 names of interest here. The volume is completed with a 34 page name index.
This first volume of the Yorkshire Records Volume Series is an extremely useful resource for anyone researching family in Yorkshire in the first half of the 17th Century.
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Originally published in six volumes and republished her on fully-searchable CD-Rom is the complete collection of A Picturesque Guide to Yorkshire. In the preface of the first edition the author, Joseph Smith Fletcher wrote that he believed that any guide to his beloved Yorkshire must include pictorial illustrations as its principal feature and the end of result is one of the finest single collections of illustrations on Yorkshire ever published, which is not to say that Fletcher's accompanying text has no merit of its own, which is far from the case.
Joseph Smith Fletcher (1863-1935) may be an unfamiliar name to those outside of Yorkshire, but in the words of the Yorkshire Post 'he did everything he could to deserve a place in Yorkshire's literary history'. The son of a clergyman, born in Halifax and educated in Wakefield, after rejecting law, Fletcher took-up journalism and after dabbling in poetry he turned to historical fiction and history most of which centred on Yorkshire. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fletcher is best-remembered as one of the leading writers of detective fiction in the golden age of the genre. His first venture in this field was written in 1914 and he went on to write more than one hundred detective books, latterly featuring the private investigator Ronald Camberwell in such works as The Middle Temple Murder & the Tallyrand Maxim. By the time of his death Fletcher and published 237 books.
As a whole, the six volumes of a Picturesque Guide to Yorkshire contains in seventy-four chapter some 1,500 pages of text and more than a 600 etchings, sketches, photographs and lithographs. In order to provide a clear indication as to the immense breadth and depth of this wonderful publication the number of printed pages, illustrations and chapter headings for each of the six volumes in the series is as follows:
11 Plates, plus Map.
119 Illustrations in Text.
292 Printed Pages.
Chapter I: The Humber from Spurn Head to Hull.
Chapter II: Hull as a Historic Town.
Chapter III: Aspects of Modern Hull.
Chapter IV: The Humber & the Ouse from Hull to Howden.
Chapter V: The Ouse from Drax Ferry to Bishopthorpe.
Chapter VI: The Charm of York.
Chapter VIII: The Story of York Minster.
Chapter IX: The Show-Places of Modern York.
Chapter X: The Upper Ouse & the Forest of Galtres.
Chapter XI: Agricultural & Rural Life in Yorkshire.
110 Illustrations in Text.
250 Printed Pages.
Chapter XII: The River Went & its Surroundings.
Chapter XIII: Doncaster & its Neighbourhood.
Chapter XIV: The River Dearne & the Barnsley Coalfield.
Chapter XV: Sheffield & its Surroundings.
Chapter XVI: The Don between Sheffield & Penistone.
Chapter XVII: The Aire from Airmyn to Ferrybridge.
Chapter XVIII: Pontefract & its Castle.
Chapter XIX: The Aire from Castleford to Leeds.
Chapter XX: Leeds in History.
Chapter XXI: Aspects of Modern Leeds.
Chapter XXII: The Aire from Leeds to Bingley.
Chapter XXIII: Bradford: Old & New.
Chapter XXIV: Haworth & its Surroundings.
Chapter XXV: Upper Airedale.
Chapter XXVI: Racing & Hunting in Yorkshire.
101 Illustrations in Text.
240 Printed Pages.
Chapter XXVII: Wakefield & its Neighbourhood.
Chapter XXVIII: Surroundings of the Spen Valley.
Chapter XXIX: Huddersfield & the Valley of the Colne.
Chapter XXX: Halifax and its Surroundings.
Chapter XXXI: The Wharfe from Nun Appleton to Whetherby.
Chapter XXXII: The Wharfe from Wetherby to Weston.
Chapter XXXIII: The Valley of the Washburn.
Chapter XXXIV: The Wharfe from Burley to Beamsley.
Chapter XXXV: Bolton Priory & its Surroundings.
Chapter XXXVI: The Wharfe from Barden to Cam Fell.
Chapter XXXVII: Industries & Manufactures in Yorkshire.
88 Illustrations in Text.
238 Printed Pages.
Chapter XXXVIII: The Lower Nidd & its Surroundings.
Chapter XXXIX: Knaresborough & its Associations.
Chapter XL: Harrogate: Old & New.
Chapter XLI: The Nidd Valley.
Chapter XLII: Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale.
Chapter XLIII: Aldborough & Boroughbridge.
Chapter: XLIV: Ripon & its Cathedral.
Chapter XLV: Fountains Abbey.
Chapter XLVI: The Ure from Rippon to Leyburn.
Chapter XLVII: Wensleydale.
Chapter XLVIII: The Lower Swale & its Tributaries.
Chapter XLIX: Easby & Richmond.
Chapter L: Swaledale.
Chapter LI: Music, Art & Science in Yorkshire.
84 Illustrations in Text.
274 Printed Pages
Chapter LII: The Lower Derwent.
Chapter LIII: Malton: Old & New.
Chapter LIV: Surroundings of the Rye.
Chapter LV: Round About Kirby Moorside & Pickering.
Chapter LVI: The Upper Derwent.
Chapter LVII: Beverley & its Minster.
Chapter LVIII: The Yorkshire Wolds.
Chapter LIX: The Ribble from Sawley to Settle.
Chapter LX: Round About Ingleborough.
Chapter LXI: Dentdale, Sedbergh & Garsdale.
Chapter LXII: The River Greta.
Chapter LXIII: Cricket, Football & Golf in Yorkshire.
71 Illustrations in Text.
238 Printed Pages with Consolidated Index for Volumes I-VI.
Chapter LXIV: The Yorkshire Bank of the Tees.
Chapter LXV: Round About the Leven.
Chapter LXVI: Middlesborough.
Chapter LXVII: The Yorkshire Coast.
Chapter LXVIII: The Coast from Redcar to Whitby.
Chapter LXIX: Whitby & the River Eske.
Chapter LXX: The Coast from Whitby to Scarborough.
Chapter LXXI: Scarborough & its Castle.
Chapter LXXII: The Coast from Scarborough to Flamborough.
Chapter LXXIII: The Coast from Bridlington to Spurn Head.
Chapter LXXIV: Great Yorkshire Men & Great Yorkshire Women.
First published in London in 1867 and republished here is the first edition of John Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire. Containing more than 600 printed pages, the original title of the publication reads as follows: A Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire with Map & Plans.
Travel writing as it is understood today can perhaps be traced to 1828 and Karl Baedeker's Rheinreise von Mainz bis Cöln. This was quickly followed by John Murray's Handbook for Travellers on the Continent and indeed Baedeker and Murray were to collaborate for the formers first publication in English in 1861. Murray's Handbooks for Travellers set the standard for English travellers for the rest of the nineteenth-century until Murray's was taken-over by the Muirhead brothers and their famous 'Blue Guides' in 1915.
John Murray (1809-1892) was educated at the prestigious English public school, Charterhouse from where he enrolled at Edinburgh University and following his studies he travelled extensively on the continent and this was the basis for his development of the first successful modern guidebooks, the Murray's Handbook for Travellers series. This series was begun in 1836 at a time when domestic and foreign travel was opening up, the guides came to cover all of Britain, the continent and further afield. Writers and contributors to these guides included known and unknown correspondents, including Thomas Cook correcting details about the Nile steamer, John Ruskin on Italian hotels and Felix Mendelssohn who recommended a hotel where he lived 'with a party of several ladies'. With their distinctive red covers and gold lettering - as this is one of the earlier publications it has the original brown cover - Murray's handbooks became known and famous throughout the world. By the time the business was sold Murray's had help produce 400 titles and editions in the Handbook for Travellers Series and the company was also responsible for publishing works by David Livingstone and Charles Darwing, amongst many others.
This edition of Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire, details 46 routes throughout the the length and breadth of Yorkshire. Most of the routes detailed in the publication, as one might expect, are intended for the independent traveller using the extensive railway network then present in the county. The 46 routes begin at King's Cross Station, London via the Great Northern Railway en route to York via Doncaster entering the county of Yorkshire at Bawtry Station 148 miles from the capital. The Routes conclude with Rotherham terminating at Bawtry via Roche Abbey, Laughten-en-le Morthen and Ticknell. Each route is introduced by the overall distance to be travelled, the available modes of transport, typically by rail and provides extremely detailed topographical, geological and historical information for all of the places of note in between the starting point of the route and its final destination, making the Handbook a wonderful descriptive account of Yorkshire both for Victorian and contemporary readers alike. The original is fully-indexed and contains many hundreds of contemporary advertisements, mainly for hotels in the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format, is a chance to own a copy of the first edition of John Murray's Handbook for Travellers in Yorkshire, one the publications that set the standard for independent travel literature throughout the English-speaking world.
First published in the 1850s and republished here is the 13th edition of Adam & Charles Black's Guide to the County of York, which was published in Edinburgh in 1888. Greatly enlarged from the original publication, this edition contains some 570 printed pages, which include many etchings, large-scale maps, plans and diagrams as well as 135 pages of contemporary advertisements, predominantly hotels throughout Britain, Ireland and continental Europe, which many readers no doubt will find fascinating.
One of the best known British publishing houses, Adam and Charles Black or A & C Black was founded in Edinburgh in 1807 when Adam Black borrowed £200 from a friend. One of the first acquisitions made by A & C Black was the purchases the rights to Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1827 for just under £7,000 and in 1851 they acquired the copyright to Walter Scott's Waverley novels. Perhaps best known as the publishers of Who's Who and Black's Medical Directory, Black's Guide Books dedicated to 'The Tourists' were published for many counties of England as well as Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Adam & Charles Black still exists and is part of the Bloomsbury Publishing House group.
Black's Guide to the County of York is introduced with a number of tours throughout the county that the tourist could undertake mostly by the means of the extensive rail network that by the 1880s traversed across the length and breadth of the county. These tours included excursions, walks and things to see and do en route. This introduction is followed by a general historical and geographical description of the county much of which is made-up of brief biographical sketches of eminent Yorkshire men. After these preambles the Guide to the County of York begins in earnest with a description of the City of York, which includes a large fold-out street plan of the city, historical notes on the development of the city, the main sights of interest as well as etchings of the windows of York Minster and other notable churches and edifices in the city.
Although beginning with the City of York the remainder of Black's Guide to the County of York is arranged alphabetically by descriptions of the principal towns in the county. Beginning with Airedale and ending with Whitby, the Guide provides detailed descriptions of each of the principal towns, how to get there, where to stay and what to see within a radius of about three-miles walking distance. Boston Spa for example was reached by alighting at Thorpe Arch Station and the traveller was directed to the local hostelries of the Royal Crown, Fox and Hounds and the Admiral Hawke. The village, originally known as Thorpe Arch acquired its name from followers of William the Conqueror who acquired estates in the vicinity. The Spa from which the village took its name was discovered in 1744. The village consisted of one long street of well-built houses and was recommended as a resort for those who were desirous of quietness and repose away from other more crowded and fashionable watering places. Within the vicinity of Boston Spa the tourist was directed to to Bramham by coach and from here to Bardsey. In between the tourist could visit Bramham Park, Bramham Moor, Haslewood, before if properly planned reaching Harewood.
Black's county guides are amongst the most superior of their kind to have been published and this edition must appeal to anyone wishing to experience Yorkshire as it was in the 1880s.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, with a single common index.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
THE ANNALS OF YORKSHIRE
From the Earliest Period to the Present Time
Published 1874 - Compiled by John Mayhall
THE MOST INTERESTING AND USEFUL YORKSHIRE RESOURCE THAT WE HAVE PUBLISHED TO DATE
A most fascinating every day history of the people of Yorkshire with accounts of the events relating to the "ordinary" people of the county.
These three large volumes are fully indexed, with names, events and places. In addition, the CD is fully searchable for any word or phrase within the text.
What was happening at the time your ancestors lived in Yorkshire? The events described in these books are part of your family's history.
These rare books give you a unique opportunity to flesh out your family history. Thousands of fascinating events and articles taken from the earliest pre-Roman history, records of the county, and newspapers.
The illustrated history of York, particularly focussing on Sheffield. It also has a historical and topographical survey of the West riding. Some of the places described include.
North Division; Adwick- Le-Street, Adwick-Upon-Dearne, Barnbrough, Bentley with Arskey, Bolton Upon Dearne, Brodsworth, Clayton, Darfield, Ecclesfield, Hickleton, Hooton-Pagnell, Mar, Melton on the Hill, Rawmarsh, Spotbrough, Thurnscoe, Wath-upon-Dearne.
South Division; Armthorpe, Ashton with Aughton, Auston, Barnby upon Don, Braithwell, Cantley, Conisbrough, Dinnington, Edlington, Firbeck, Fishlake, Handsworth, Harthill with woodall, Hatfield, Hooton Roberts, Laughton en le Morthen, Kirk Sandall, Maltby, Mexbrough, Ravenfield, Rotherham, Sheffield, Stainton with Hellaby, Thorne, Thorpe Salvin, Thriberg, Tickhill, Todwick, Treeton, Wadsworth, Wales, Warmsworth, Whiston, Wickersley.
It contains information such as the population, number and type of churches and schools as well as who built them, main industries of the town plus any additional information that distinguishes the place.
An incredibly comprehensive 385 page history of this Yorkshire town, followed by two appendices with extracts from the Domesday Book, copies of grants, presentments, deeds, extracts from coroners' rolls and much, much more.
This is one of the very best single town histories that we have seen.
Crammed full of very interesting information that will serve as a background to your family history research.
A fascinating collection of snippets from the earliest local Sheffield newspapers plus important events relating to Sheffield from 200 AD. Almost 2,500 pages of local news, obituaries and death notices, crimes and court cases, anecdotes, etc.
200 AD to 1908
In particular, after about 1750, it is full of references to every-day happenings in the town and its people. Not just important people, but normal people too. Its fascination is not only for its history, but also of immense interest to the family historian, as it contains so many references to people and every-day events.
Each time that the British Medical Association had its yearly meeting in a different city, they published a guide book, that contained a history, industries and information about the place. This early one of 1909 contains some excellent early photographs of Sheffield, engravings, etc. An excellent book!
Published in 1876, describing Sheffield, its people, streets, shops and industries, etc. within living memory. (385pp)
Published in 1903. 295pp. Lots of photos. Advertisements, and an excellent street map.
The official programm for the Queen's visit to Sheffield to open the new Town Hall. Contains the names of those invited to attend and some beautiful old photographs of the building itself. Did your Sheffield ancestors witness this event?
A tourist's guide, published in 1907. It is of particular interest to the historian and genealogist due to its excellent descriptions and history of the places, travel and transport. Contains several really excellent maps of the area.
This book will always be popular with those having ancestors from the area.
It gives a tour around all of the towns and villages explaining their history, antiquities, churches and people. Fascinating reading and great background information for your family history
By Halliwell Sutcliffe with 12 plates in colour and 74 line illustrations.
The book contains the stories of the Dales, not steeped in dates and facts but with human encounters and feeling that give a real sense of the history of the people who lived there.
A charming read.
Using all resources available to him, Rolls of many kinds, Fines, Inquests, Wills, Title Deeds, Parish Registers, Public Records and other written material, John Morkill has compiled an accurate chronicle of this dale.
He traces the parish's history as far back as the Pre Norman period and tries to inject, as much as possible, the social and human aspects of Kirkby Malhamdale
Did your ancestors live in Scarborough? Do you live in Scarborough?
If the answer is "yes" this book is for you. The history of Scarborough from the earliest date, written by Joeseph Baker, was published in 1882 with many illustrations and maps.
It contains much valuable historic information in relation to the habits, customs and peculiarities of past generations of Scarborough. He used government records and the works of previous historians to compile this large and comprehensive chronology of Scarborough.
A very worthwhile read for those with Scarborough interests
Localised history books such as this are always much more detailed than county histories. The authors are usually very familiar with their subject and so can give a much more precise account of their surroundings.
A large book containing odd and out-of-the-way information concerning Yorkshire folk. Each of the 22 chapters is devoted to a different story and set of characters. Includes tales about, Blind Jack of Knaresborough, The tragedy of Beningbrough Hall, "Old Three Laps", "Old Boots", Foster Powell the Pedestrian and much more. A humorous read for those with Yorkshire interests and a real flavour of the counties characters.
"He could rub the tip of his nose with his chin and used to say that if he let his beard grow, it would bury his nose. He created great diversion among the servant-maids by attempting to kiss them, a feat he could never accomplish. He turned his face sideways to get a kiss and his nose and chin caught the rosy cheeks like a pair of crab's claws."
Published in 1882 this is a series of random reminiscences of Batley during the previous 30 years, during which time many changes took place. It documents its change from a village with a familial feel to a middle class population in an industrialised town. Told with real people's stories this is a delightful book for those with ancestors in the Batley area.
Written by J. Aiken M.D. and published in 1795 there is only one word that is suitable to describe this book....... Stunning.
Highlights include street maps and plans of Manchester in 1650 and 1793, a plan of Liverpool (with street names), maps of Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West and North Ridings of Yorkshire and the northern part of Staffordshire. There are also lots of beautiful engravings to illustrate the text.
On the title page the book is described as containing 'it's geography, natural and civil; principal productions; river and canal navigations; a particular account of its towns and chief villages; their history, population, commerce, and manufactures; buildings, government &c.
The superb descriptions of the principal places in Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West and North Ridings of Yorkshire and the northern part of Staffordshire are *incredibly* detailed and will help you to build up a wonderful image of what life must have been like in the 18th century and before.
If your ancestors lived within forty miles of Manchester you will find this book absolutely fascinating.
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