37.23 – Thomas Taylor

Thomas’s plot marker, with its little star, is one of the smaller markers that denotes an adult burial rather than a child’s. So what was Thomas up to? Thomas Taylor was born in 1803 to Ralph and Sarah Taylor of Walsden. He was baptised at St. Mary’s in August of that year. Ralph was a …

46.62 – William Howarth and Andrew and Clarissa Russell

This set of sidestones is a frustrating one, because not only have William and Andrew’s stones been separated but Clarissa’s stone has also gone missing between the 1980s and now. Clarissa was buried here with both her husbands, two very different men in many ways. William Howarth was born in 1849 in Sowerby Bridge. His …

57.51 – Margaret Howorth and Grace Stell

Ten plots from her lover/almost-husband and her son lies Margaret Howorth, and another woman whose relationship to Margaret is entirely unknown. As discussed in the story of Richard Newsome, he nearly (but never quite) married Margaret Howorth or Howarth of Todmorden in 1834. Margaret was, when we were researching that story, something of a mystery…and …

S2.9 – Herbert, John Robert, Betsy and Arnold Cunliffe, and Jack Uttley

One of the first stories we told from under the school extension was that of the Dodd family – that was because on the two out of their three sidestones, which are unaccountably resting on the outside of the school extension, one included a hitherto unrecorded family member. Since then we’ve found unmentioned people, stones …

57.56 – George Watson, Anthony Buckle and Isabella Coffey

Even with the few records we have for this family, they have quite a story – if only we knew all of it! George Watson was born in May 1829 in Barden near Hauxwell, North Yorkshire, midway between Leyburn and Richmond. His parents were George and Isabella (Buckle) Watson. And “were” really is the correct …