11th May 2014

There were 10 of us in the Chapel Schoolroom to hear from Mary Randles about her search for the truth about Albert Bayles. It was a fascinating presentation and made us all realise just how difficult, but addictive, tracing ancestors can be. Mary has agreed to let Carol put a copy of her research on the website very soon, so if you weren’t able to join us today, you can read it later. As with all stories like this, there are many questions still to be answered, and many of them will never be answered. Sheila had her copy of the school registers with her so Mary was able to get dates for the time the children of John Bayles spent at Dallowgill School, helping her to fill one gap! Every little helps.

Many thanks to Mary for coming across from Lancashire to be with us – she has promised to come back and see us again.

Hope to see you at the next meeting on Sunday 8th June.

10th March 2013

Meeting: 10th March 2013 in Dallowgill Chapel Schoolroom. 13 attended despite the terrible weather (again!).


  • Carol Metcalfe distributed short extracts from old handwritten documents for us to try and decipher the dates. It was very interesting to learn that dates are not always what they seem, as Carol explained. In England, before 1752, the New Year started on 25 March, so for example the day after 24 March 1749 was 25 March 1750 and the day after 31 December 1750 was 1 January 1750. The dates were also 11 days behind in this ‘Julian’ calendar system. To change from that Julian calendar system to the one now used, the year 1751 was a short year of 282 days, running from 25 March to 31 December. 1752 began on 1 January in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. To align the new calendar in use in England to that in use on the continent, the calendar was also advanced by 11 days: Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14 September 1752. The year 1752 was thus a short year (355 days) as well. Some of the different styles of writing certain letters kept us guessing too! Many thanks to Carol for this.
  • Carol Metcalfe is transcribing old certificates for the archive and wonders if anyone has any that would be suitable to add. A lot of information can be gleaned from certificates like relationships, occupations, residences and reliable dates. Please let us know if you have any.
  • The Dallowgill Spring Walk is being organised for Saturday 20th April and a Heritage Exhibition will be set up in the Chapel and schoolroom for the Saturday and Sunday. This could include information we have collected for the History Project so far, together with any photos and artefacts that people may have. If you have anything we can borrow please could you bring it up to the chapel on the evening of Friday 19th April.
  • If you can help with manning the exhibition and serving refreshments please let me know. At the moment I have an offer of help between 11am and 1pm on Sunday and others have said they can help but haven’t specified a time. I would like to have a rota of times so that everyone knows what they are doing so please contact me with when you can help. Many thanks.
  • The history walk with Kev Cale, Archaeologist with www.communityarchaeology.co.uk/, sponsored by the Nidderdale AONB is on Saturday 23rd March, starting from the Chapel at 10am. A good number of people have said they can come which is great, but if you know anyone else who might be interested, please let them know. We will be walking down to Bents then along the bridle way to Potter Lane, over to Lamb Close, then back up on to the moor above Tom Corner, Hawsett and on to the Chapel for refreshments. Let’s hope the weather isn’t too bad!
  • Danny has finished transcribing the 1851 census so that should be up on the website soon, together with the Chapel presentation and a new introductory home page.
  • If anyone fancies having a go at writing an article that we could put onto the site please let us know! For example the census pages could do with a write up detailing the total numbers, what the main occupations were, etc. or you may have an interest in the botany or fauna of Dallowgill that you could share. Some memoirs would be good too!

Please can you remember your £2 each session. We are very fortunate to be able to use the Chapel Schoolroom and we need to pay our dues…

The Project sessions will be held at the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom on the second Sunday of the month after the 2pm Chapel Service. £2 per person will cover refreshments and Chapel costs. All are very welcome.

The next meeting will be on Sunday 14th April and if anyone has any ideas for a focus for the meeting, or suggestions for what else you would like to do, please let me know. Thanks Patrice