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Links to useful websites for the history of Crakehall and its inhabitants

Crakehall links
Links for the local area
Links to regional archives
Links to national archives


Crakehall Village Website

Photographs of Crakehall in Yorkshire Images”
Brian R Hill’s excellent photographs of many places in Yorkshire, including Crakehall.

Photographs of Crakehall, Bedale and district, old and modern

Information on old buildings in Crakehall in “The Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group”
This has an index of the old buildings that have been surveyed by the Group- includes High Mill and Manor Farm in Crakehall.

Genealogy of the Dumville family, including Dumvilles of Crakehall

Genealogy of the I’Anson family, including I’Ansons and Pickerings of Crakehall

Genealogy of the Burrill family, including Burrills of Crakehall

Genealogy of the Hebden family, including Collinsons of Crakehall

Genealogy of the Merryweather family, including Crakehall and Bedale

Genealogy of the Sedgwick family, including Sedgwicks of Crakehall

Genealogy of the Metcalfe family, including Metcalfes and Collinsons of Crakehall



Bedale web site
Contains old photographs and postcards. News of upcoming book of history and pictures.

Newton le Willows Local History Group
Contains maps, pictures, parish records, census information.

Barden history and people
Includes the Pounder family of Barden and Crakehall

The Peirse Family of Bedale Hall

History of Workhouses, including Bedale and Northallerton

Detailed study of Bedale Workhouse, including plans and phsotographs. It will eventually contain lists of staff and inmates.

Information on local church buildings in “British Churches”.
Information, including photographs, of nearly every church in Britain, including Bedale, Great Crakehall, Patrick Brompton.



Borthwick Institute, York - the Borthwick Institute holds a huge collection of church archives and related records such as probate records, for Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire County Record Office (NYCRO)- our local County Record Office, with official records of the North Riding (Quarter Sessions Records etc), many parish registers and tithe awards, and the deposited papers of many family estates. The web site is not very informative at the moment, but promises to have a completeand detailed catalogue of all its holdings on-line in the future. (In the meantime, you can get some idea of its holdings from the National Register of Archives website and Access to Archives - see entries below)

Durham County Record Office Catalogue - the same sort of coverage, for County Durham, as NYCRO has for North Yorkshire, but with a superb on-line catalogue which in many cases gives an indication of the content of each document.

West Yorkshire County Record Offices Catalogue - the Leeds (Sheepscar) Office has the old probate records (Wills and Inventories) for the Eastern Deaneries of the Diocese of Chester, which used to contain Bedale and Crakehall in the Deanery of Catterick.

The Yorkshire Archaeological Society - the Society has many collections of documents relating to North Yorkshire, including the estate papers of the Duke of Leeds at Hornby Castle which have information on Little Crakehall and Langthorne, as well as Hornby and Hackforth.

Cleveland Family History Society
Covers the northern part of North Yorkshire and the south of County Durham

Colin Blanshard Withers’ guide to where to find historic Yorkshire wills and other probate documents



Access to Archives - at this site you can enter the name of a place and see what relevant old documents exist in every official archive in the country.

The National Archives, Kew - a fantastic searchable catalogue - you can search by place, name, type of record etc, but it is useful to have some knowledge of the types of documents that might be relevant. The site has good on-line guides to the main classes of records and the sorts of information they provide.

The National Register of Archives - this catalogues the contents of every official archive in the country, and is searchable by place and name.

Listed buildings in Images of England - English Heritage's growing catalogue of listed buildings in England. You need to register, but this is free and just a matter of giving them your e-mail address; then you can search for buildings by place or period. There is a brief description of each property, with an approximate building date etc., and photographs.

Old Directories - you can see and search scanned images of original old county directories. For each county there are several directories of different years from about 1830 onwards. The site is a rather slow, but invaluable.

Old Maps - scans of old maps submitted by users, so the coverage and the quality of the images is very variable.

First Edition 6 inch OS maps (1844-1899) - these are not as clear as the originals, but are free and downloadable.

English Heritage Images - nice photographs of historic buildings from all over the country.

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