Welcome to My New History Blog
For 50 years I have been researching the history of the Yorkshire Dales, mainly Wensleydale and Swaledale. Although lead and coal mining is my main area of expertise I have also looked at social history and other industries of the dales.
As part of my work I have transcribed most of the 16th to 18th century Wills and Inventories for Swaledale, Wensleydale and tributary dales. This has been a full time task over the last 6 or 7 years. Work is still still in progress and I have extended my area to the east as far as Scorton and Bedale. I have recently finished all the wills for Richmond in the 18th century. As time allows I can continue moving forward in time to the 19th century.
Sadly my wife was diagnosed with cancer (8th Jan 22) for the second time in four years and she died on the 8th of Feb 2022. I have managed do some work but it is a slow process getting back into my stride.
From the 1st to the 29th April I have transcribed (in part) 400 more sets of Wills, Inventories and Letters of Administration. They are mostly of people at the lower end of the dales including Richmond. You will also find wills for people in Thorpe under Stone filed with Hudswell. I have also added Winterings and Potting to the Gunnerside File.
My new venture is making videos, the first one is a history and geology of Wet Groves Lead Mine in Wensleydale. The second is one is on Booze Wood Mine in Arkengarthdale. Coming next will be a video on the quarries in the Millstone Grit.
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