9th December 2012

Dallowgill Chapel Schoolroom. 16 attended.


  • Thanks to Howard Mountain and Phil Holden, the 1881 Census is available to download from the website.
  • Danny Zenner has put the 1841 Census into Excel and is working on the 1861 Census. Howard Mountain is finishing off the 1871 Census and some sections of the Church Records.
  • Some more field names were added to a map of the area.
  • Carol Metcalfe brought along her Tithe Map of 1838 which attracted a lot of interest. She is in the process of putting the schedule into Excel to make it easier to search the fields attached to each property, with owners and residents.
  • Brian Wood brought copies of the First Series OS maps of Dallowgill which showed the bridleway route from Potter Lane going up the track from Bents rather than from Quarry House (Pete’s Place). There was also a property marked east of Bents – now there are signs of windows in the wall to the east of the buttressed barn.
  • Patrice brought her copy of An Historical Atlas of North Yorkshire for people to look at and reported that she had been out the previous day and taken a lot of pictures on the mosaic trail of a variety of features which can be filed as a photographic record.
  • An email from Sally Childes at the Nidderdale AONB about applying for funding had been circulated to the group asking if there was anyone prepared to take this on. Since the meeting, Patrice contacted Kevin Cale of Community Archaeology Ltd who has worked closely with many heritage groups in the area. He would be very happy to come and chat with our group about developing a grant bid if we wanted – would probably cost!
  • A discussion about what we would need ensued and Doris was to look into permission for fixed noticeboards on the walls of the school room together with a damp-proof storage cupboard for the archive. Patrice reported that she had spent £10 on files to keep information in.
  • Since the meeting, Patrice has contacted Linda Smith the County Archaeologist and she has passed details on to her colleague Louisa Matthews who looks after the Historic Environment Record and will do a search for us of the data they hold.

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 13th January.

If you would be willing to give a short presentation of what you know about your property so far at the next meeting, please let me know.

Any other suggestions for meetings?!!