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Husthwaite and Coxwold Local History Societies Exhibition


Of interest to all - from families whose ancestors have lived in these villages for hundreds of years to newcomers who are interested in what village life was once like - where people lived, the changing pattern of businesses and how they enjoyed themselves.

Presentations from Coxwold will include Shandy Hall, Newburgh Priory, the Railway, Houses and Businesses, Coxwold Pottery and St Michael's Church. Coxwold's new booklet about the many significant buildings in the village will be on sale.

Husthwaite and Coxwold will show early Photos and Memorabilia. We already have many copies of photos but if anyone has any other small items from the 19th and early 20th centuries which could be displayed on the day, please contact Stephen Barker (868 259) for Husthwaite or John Robinson for Coxwold (see below). A selection of Brenda Duffield's incredible collection of old cards and scrap books will also be displayed. Another display will illustrate Farming Life as it used to be. Projected photos from the early 20th C will show the Fun and Games in Husthwaite.

A display of village activities and those active in the forces during WWI will accompany Margaret Hewitson's new book which will be on sale. Annie Richardson will display some of her research into the Medieval Fields System and the history of the three Pubs in Husthwaite. The accompanying books together with those of Prof. Stuart Marriott, Angela Ovenston and others will also be for sale along with a selection of CDs of older booklets now out of print; all at very reasonable prices.

Examples of some Husthwaite Family Histories will be displayed and show the numerous sources available for this local research. Angela will be on hand to help with queries about local ancestors. The recently transcribed parish records for Births, Marriages and Deaths will be shown on a laptop and Guy Wilson and Jill Galloway will demonstrate this most important facility with some examples.

Stephen is organising a Quiz for children and all those young at heart! Do bring children along - they might spot their surnames or recognise some of their parents or grandparents in old photos and see how they worked and played "in the old days".

Archaeology. Of interest to all local villages will be a stand set up by the York Archaeological Trust who are "Pursuing Potters of the Past" in our area - Anne Jenner, their Pottery Specialist, says "Local medieval and later pottery will be displayed" and will be happy to look at any shards that you have found in your gardens and fields. Roger Inman (Tees Archaeology) will plot them on a map of the area. We look forward to meeting you". Please bring any possible "finds" in a small labelled container to be examined, possibly photographed and all returned. The Trust are most interested in green glazed Ryedale wares of late 16th to early 18th century but all shards, medieval to post-medieval are welcome.

Husthwaite Village Hall Sat 24 June 10.30 - 4
Entry £1 includes coffee/tea/biscuits
Children free

Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen and man the stands for hour long periods - if you can help please contact Angela Ovenston (01347 868 347 or or John Robinson from Coxwold (01347 868 122 or