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Still searching…

Posted in Family History, Holderness, Hornsea with tags , , , on March 13, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

Last weekend we headed down to the East Riding to visit family and had a very enjoyable time. We’d travelled down on Thursday evening which turned out be a good idea as it allowed us to have a bit of a lie in on Friday morning!

We headed through to Hull on Friday to visit my Dad and on the way back we made a detour via Spurn Head, somewhere I’d never actually been to despite living in Holderness until I was 19. We didn’t really have enough time to fully explore it as we had arranged to go for a bar meal that night with my brother Andrew, his wife Janet and my nephew Jamie and his partner Graeme. However we will return in the summer to have a good look around. It was also interesting to drive back to Hornsea past the industrial landscape around Easington Gas Terminal which is in complete contrast to the rest of rural East Riding as depicted in the recent adaptation of “South Riding” although not all was filmed in Holderness!

On Saturday we popped over to see my aunt Mary in Foston-on-the-Wolds to let her know how my Dad was and also to pick her brains on the family history front. It was a really useful chat as I discovered a few things about my grandparents that I didn’t know about. I knew my grandfather had not been brought up by his own parents but it was useful to find out that the people who did bring him up were called Mr and Mrs Williamson and that they also had at last one daughter.

I knew he was born in Leicester in 1905 and a search of GenesReunited led me to a 1911 Census record showing a Thomas Morley aged 5 living in a family of 7 children aged between 7 months and 15 years. Whether this is my grandfather I’m not yet sure as if it is it would suggest that something happened subsequently that led to him being put in a children’s home for some reason. Anyway I’ve contacted Barnardo’s Family History Service just on the off chance that they have a record of a Thomas Morley being looked after by them in the early twentieth century. I’ve also contacted Leicester Council to get a copy of his birth certificate which will hopefully confirm whether or not he is in fact the same Thomas Morley as the one in the Census record. Only down side if it is is the fact that his parents were from Leicester and London which rather screws up my Yorkshire bloodline!

I also discovered that my grandmother had two sisters one of whom was born in 1913 and died in 1930 aged just 17. Again not much information, just a photo a a gravestone possibly in York, so will need to do a bit of research on that.

So the search goes on…

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Family History – some things you like, some you don’t!

Posted in Family History with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Apologies for not posting for a while but sadly my Mum passed away last month after a short illness. Had a sad few days back in Hornsea but there were also some good memories as we looked through old photos including one of myself, my two brothers and sister in the seventies. Here we are holding it for comparison purposes!

Andrew, me, Julie & Nigel with 70s photo

Andrew, me, Julie & Nigel with 70s photo

I’ve also finally got round to researching my family tree and joined Genes Reunited. Within days I had received four contacts with an unbelievable amount of information. It would seem that most of my ancestors are of good East Riding stock although sadly most seem to be farm labourers and servants. Definitely more Baldrick than Blackadder!

Most perturbing was the discovery that my Great Great Great Grandfather on my mum’s dad’s side had a brother (my Great Great Great Uncle) who subsequently married and whose Great Grandaughter was the mother of my mum’s mum. I’ll leave you to work that out!

On a more positive note it would seem that I am distantly related (Fifth Cousin once removed) to John Hillaby, a relatively well known travel writer and explorer. He was also the first president of the Backpackers Club. Some history here. It would however seem from Paddy Dillon’s comments in this OutdoorsMagic thread that we both shared a gene for wandering off path! Anyway I’ve ordered a couple of his books which I’m looking forward to reading.

I’ve actually been able to trace my mum’s side of the family back to the early 18th Century – quite amazing considering all I had to go on was my Grandparent’s birth, marriage and death certificates. The only real problem I came up against was not having a record of my Gran’s father as there was nothing recorded on her birth certificate. Now I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere…maybe Lord Blackadder is involved after all…!

Steam trains, beer, penny sweets and good company…

Posted in Hornsea, North York Moors, Yorkshire with tags , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

We travelled south at the weekend to meet up with Ian and Hilary, old school friends, and their two children Jonathan and Emily. We camped at the campsite behind the White Swan at Newton upon Rawcliffe just north of Pickering. Cracking site and the food and beer at the pub was excellent especially the home made steak pie!

Despite the weather forecast not looking great for Saturday it turned out not too bad so we walked down to Levisham Station on the North York Moors Railway. Interestingly the engine was called “Lord of the Isles” so presumably had some connection with the Scottish Highlands.

Lord of the Isles

Lord of the Isles

Travelled up to Goathland and wandered over to Beck Hole via Darnholme. Had a very nice couple of pints at the tiny Birch Hall Inn and the kids bought some penny sweets at the adjacent sweet shop!

Enjoying a pint and sweeties at Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole!

Enjoying a pint and sweeties at Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole!

We then made our way back to Goathland to meet my brother Andy and sister-in law Janet for tea and cake before heading back on the train to Levisham.

Unfortunately we hadn’t booked a table at the pub, and being a bank holiday it was full so we finished up going the equally good New Inn at Cropton.

On Sunday another old school friend and his family were going to join us but unfortunately had to call off due to sickness so we had a leisurely morning having breakfast then headed down to Hornsea for my mum’s birthday.

On Monday we had a wander down to Hornsea Mere to feed the hundreds of ducks, swans and geese. Also spotted a couple of Black Swans.

Black Swan on Hornsea Mere

Black Swan on Hornsea Mere

Canada Geese and goslings

Canada Geese and goslings

All in all a cracking weekend and a nice change from climbing Munros. And anyway you really can’t beat God’s Own County!

Nearly Stob Binnein…

Posted in Hull City, Munros, Snow, Yorkshire with tags , , , , on January 1, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

With good intentions we planned to do Stob Binnein today. However we didn’t get up to Crianlarich until after 10 o’clock so didn’t set off walking until about 10.10am. It was also also hard going as the snow was fairly deep in places and had a hard crust on top, not really thick enough to support your weight, so we kept having to extract ourselves from the holes we were creating. It was even worse when there were hidden streams below!

Anyway we made it about half way up the hill before realising there was no way we would get to the summit and back before dark. Not really a problem as the weather forecast was good, we had headtorches and there is a full moon but it really was energy sapping work! So we turned back and stopped for a well earned lunch…

Ben Tualaichean from the slopes of Stob Binnein

Ben Tualaichean from the slopes of Stob Binnein

Made it back to the car at about 3.40pm so not a bad day out.

In between Christmas and New Year I took the Tiger Cub back to Yorkshire to watch the Tigers against Man United. Had a cracking day despite losing 3-1 and at least we made a fight of it by equalising in the second half before our defensive frailties let us down again. And at least we’ve now seen them in the Premiership, seems a long time ago since I used to go to Boothferry Park back in the 70s and 80s! Just hope we can do enough to stay up for a third season in the top flight!

KC Stadium

Yorkshire Day

Posted in Hornsea, Yorkshire with tags , , , on August 1, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Today is Yorkshire Day, a day to celebrate all things Yorkshire.  It’s a pity the cricket team are struggling against the Red Rose County! Maybe we should go back to the good old days when you had to be born in the county to play cricket for Yorkshire!

I was born in Driffield and brought up in Hornsea on the East Yorkshire coast.   It’s not a bad wee place especially looking back after recent events and remembering the good times we had as kids in the carefree 60s and 70s.

Old Boating Lakes, Hornsea Seafront circa 1970

Old Boating Lakes, Hornsea Seafront circa 1970

Hornsea Mere

Hornsea Mere

The East Riding tends to get forgotten about a bit when people think of Yorkshire.  A pity as it really is a lovely part of the country.  OK so some folk might think Holderness is a bit flat and boring but it has it’s own beauty even if it is falling into the sea at an alarming rate!  And the Yorkshire Wolds has some very pleasant walks and hidden gems such as Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village.

Wharram Percy Medieval Village

Wharram Percy Medieval Village

Wharram Percy Church

Wharram Percy Church

Talking of history I enjoy programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? and have been thinking about doing a bit of research myself.  I was back home a couple of weeks ago and had a chat with my mum and found out a couple of things I didn’t know about her side of the family.  I really will need to make the effort and see if I can find out who my ancestors are…maybe a Blackadder or Baldrick character from Wharram Percy!

So much for snow!

Posted in Yorkshire with tags on January 15, 2008 by ayrshiretiger

Dentdale

Yes while the rest of the world was out enjoying the best winter day for ages Elaina and I went to the snowfields of Dentdale in the Yorkshire Dales.  Or not!  Never mind there will be plenty more snowy days!  And we really did have a great, relaxing weekend with good friends Bob, Jeannie and Cath.  It would have been even better had the not so mighty Tigers beaten West Brom and moved into a play off place!  Again, never mind we will get there one day!