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Barmby on the Marsh

Probably "farmstead of the children, i.e. one held jointly by a number of heirs" from Old Scandinavian barn + by; alternatively "farmstead of a man called Barni or Bjarni" from Old Scandinavian personal name + by. Affix is Old English mersc "marsh"

A Dictionary of English Place-Names, Oxford University Press

Its red houses are in green fields near the meeting of the Derwent and the Ouse, with Drax and Hemingborough less than two miles away. If we come from Drax the ferry carries us over the Ouse, but from Hemingborough we must travel nine miles because of the marshes, the road doubling back near Howden. The odd-looking church has an old nave with most of its windows new, a modern chancel, and a brick tower with a lead cupola. The chest is one of the oddest we have seen, its cavity at one end of a log, secured with iron bands, three locks and a draw-bar

The King's England, edited by Arthur Mee

Barmby-on-the-Marsh (previously Barnebic and Barmby-on-Derwent) consists of picturesque cottages and tall fronted houses and lies at the point where the River Derwent flows into the Ouse. In 1975, a huge concrete tidal barrage was built as a flood relief measure and to provide drinking water for the public. A sluice stops the polluted waters of the Ouse from contaminating the Derwent and a lock allows pleasure craft to pass through. Before the barage was built, the marshlands often flooded in winter allowing for lots of ice-skating.

The area around the barrage has been converted to a wildlife reserve and a country park. It is also now part of the Selby to Hull cycle route. The Hull to Barnsley railway went through the village from 1896, and crossed the river at nearby Ouse Bridge. Now only the bridge supports on both banks and the brick house used by the controller remain.

Its ancient church, St. Helen's, was originally a barn with a brick eastern tower added later. In the churchyard is a spring, St. Helen's Well, rich in iron. Also nearby is St. Peter's Well which is rich in sulphur. Both protected the population from cholera outbreak in 1854.

Barmby was once a river port with a sail cloth and rope-making industry using the locally grown flax. It even had salmon fishing. The river was busy with grain and other crops taken to market and mills and coal coming on the return journey. The village once had a three day horse racing festival and Barmby Feast was held annually. Things are now quieter. The population in the 18th Century was round 500, but today it is around 300.

Visitor Comments

Posted by Patrick on 27/04/2007

Does flooding now affect the houses and other buildings?

Posted by Willo on 27/02/2013

My mother lived in Barmby all her 91 years and never knew it to flood. She always said that the village is built on a high ground, a sort of ridge, and any flooding would run towards Howden. I suspect she maybe was right, because as you travel towards Barmby, if you look to the right, the land does slope considerably towards the Derwent. It also appears to be lower towards the Ouse if you venture down Station Lane or Bankfield Lane.

The Derwent did break its bank around 1947 at a place locally known as the Gyme and the water never came into the village. The remnants of that are still evident as the small pond next to the larger one that was dug to raise the banks some time later. I spent many happy hours fishing and swimming there as a youngster as well as in the river when it was still tidal.

Posted by Willo on 06/12/2007

The brick built tower of the church has always been on the west end. The wells didn't seem to work that well either because the south-west corner of the churchyard is where they buried the cholera victims or so I've always been told.

Posted by Carole on 01/02/2008

My mother Joan (nee Stones) and her brother Miles William were the children of Thomas William Hind Stones, a farmer from Barmby. Unfortunately my mother and uncle are both deceased but I shall never forget the stories of my mother's happy childhood in the village. I understand that most of the area was farming and that the Stones family had many relatives and connections throughout the region including Goole and Hull.

Names of related families that spring to mind are Eastwood, Rockett, Everatt, Falkingham and Taylor (my maternal grandmother was a Taylor from Rawcliffe).

Posted by Graham on 22/02/2008

Visited the village on 16 February and found the graves of my great-grandfather and his wife, Wilson and Sarah Annie Brown, and his mother and father, John and Sarah Brown and son William and daughter Eliza. Wilson and his son John Chadwick were wheelwrights and painters in the village. Wilson's son, Wilson Hartley Brown, went on to become an engineer in Bradford and then became a farmer at Bradbury Grange Farm, Swillington Common near Garforth.

Posted by Jackie on 29/03/2008

I am researching the family tree, and on the 1901 have come across a great(x3)-aunt Emily H. DOUGLAS, wife to Aaron Douglas victualler of the Sloop Inn. Emily died in 1914. They had three sons, James, Joseph and William (twins). I would be grateful of any info anyone may have. Is the Sloop Inn still standing? Thanks.

Posted by Willo on 01/05/2008

The Sloop Inn it is still in the village and now a private house. I remember as a child an old woman standing at the door and shouting at something in the distance. I used to think she was mad - maybe she was!

Regarding James Douglas, in the 1950s I can remember a man I knew as Jimmy Douglas being the foreman of the Catchment Board (looked after the rivers) who worked from Barmby. He also lived in Barmby in North Street. I know he was a Barmby man and unfortunately I cannot remember when he died but my mother is 89 and he was quite a bit older than her.

Posted by Heather on 19/08/2008

My great(x3)-grandfather, Edward (and Anne) Thompson lived at Westonby Hall in 1834, but can't find any record of it. Perhaps it was demolished? He went on to live at Knedlington Hall.

Posted by Marjorie on 06/09/2008

My father was a Leetham from Barmby, also on my mother's side we had a Solomon Thompson (b. 1824 in Barmby). He had been a sergeant in the Indian mutiny then came back home to be a tailor and had a sacking business. His daughter Catherine married my great-great-grandfather George Terry. She also had a brother Edward Thompson they lived at Westonby.

Posted by Willo on 17/09/2008

Westonby is the area at the west end of the village and starts where North Street meets High Street at the Fleet Lane end. It continues all the way to the ferry. There are some houses along the north side of the road that start with the name Westonby, eg. Westonby Villa.

Posted by Linda on 07/11/2008

I am the great-grand-daughter of Soloman Thompson who returned to Barmby in 1866 after being in the army in India. He had, I believe, thirteen children, my maternal grandfather being the eleventh (Alfred). My great-great-grandfather William died of cholera in 1833 and is buried in St. Helens Churchyard.

Posted by Heather on 02/03/2009

My great-great-grandfather Edward Thompson was born 1807, in Barmby. His parents were Thomas (b. 1781 in Howden) and Mary (b. 1785 in Goole), but I can't find any trace of the parents, or other family members. Edward is buried in Thorne. Do you think Solomon was related? Does anybody fancy a session in the churchyard to clear it? Thanks.

Posted by Linda on 03/03/2009

(John) Soloman Thompson's parents were William (b. 1799) and Mary Noble (b. 1801) but just for confusion there were two John Soloman Thompsons living in Barmby in the 1800s. The other J.S. Thompson was a farmer. There are thirteen Thompsons buried in St. Helens churchyard, none of which is an Edward.

Posted by Marjorie on 04/03/2009

In 1851 an Edward Thompson lived at Knedlington Old Hall with his wife Ann and six children. He was a farmer of 211 acres.

Posted by Heather on 09/03/2009

That's him, my great-great-grandfather, Knedlington Hall. Looking for his parents (Thomas and Mary) and any brothers and sisters he had. I think a sister was Helen (b. 1809). Thanks.

Posted by Marjorie on 11/03/2009

I don't know about Edward's parents but on the 1851 census he was down as being born in Goole and his wife Ann born at Scurf Hall which I think was near Drax. Hope this is of some help.

It is confusing, the two John Solomons. I think we are descendants of the same John Solomon. Wondered if you had any information of his time in India? My cousin has a trophy presented to Serj Solomon Thompson by his brother Serjeant as a mark of respect, H.M. 98th regiment.

Posted by Linda on 12/03/2009

Yes we are related, we are descended from the same Soloman Thompson. I have lots of info on his children but unfortunately his army record is held at the National Archives at Kew and will require a visit. His third child (William) was born in Peshwar on the northwest frontier. According to Catherine's birth certificate, Soloman (then known as John) was a master tailor in the 98th regiment of Foot. He came back to England in 1866, his wife Elizabeth giving birth to their fifth child on board ship in the Bay of Biscay. I would be very interested to learn more about the trophy you mention.

Posted by Marjorie on 18/03/2009

I have not a lot of information about the trophy, only that great-grandmother Catherine took it with her when she married my great-grandfather George. Very well respected member of the community and big church members. I do have the local paper with her obituary in naming all her family and where they lived at the time. There was an E. Thompson (brother) and A. Thompson (brother) in Asselby. A lot of the family moved away from Barmby. Which member of the family did you descend from?

Posted by Linda on 18/03/2009

My maternal grandfather was Alfred (b. 1876) the twelfth child. On the 1891 Census he is living with his sister Sarah (married name Barnes) in Accrington, Lancs. Also on this census is another sister Mary Ann living at the same address. Some confusion here, because there is a Mary Ann, aged nine months, buried in Soloman's grave in St. Helen's churchyard, but she appears on the 1871 census aged four. Alfred moved to Rawtenstall when he got married, I presume this was because of work in the cotton mills; another sister Rosetta (b. 1868, married name Patrick) was also living in Rawtenstall in 1901.

The A. Thompson (nephew) mentioned on the obituary would have been my grandfather.

Posted by Andrew on 20/04/2009

Hi Cousins Linda and Marjorie and others… I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, but have Thompson roots in Barmby. I was enthralled with the village when I visited there in 2004 and was happy to find the grave of William Thompson (buried 13/08/1832), husband of Mary Noble. William was my great(x3)-grandfather. I am descended through his son Edward (b. 1831 in Barmby), who moved to Hull, then immigrated to Canada with his family in 1863.

Posted by Marjorie on 10/05/2009

I did hear of relatives moving to Canada, in fact I do remember in my much younger days, of a cousin Walter from Canada visiting the family at the farm where we lived in Hemingbrough, the other side of the river to Barmby. Linda and I haven't met yet but are about to, where I am sure we will be catching up on bits we have gathered together.

Posted by Linda on 04/06/2009

I had no idea I had relations in Canada! Edward would have been Soloman's (my great-grandfather) brother. Can you tell me anything about him? I have just spoken to Marjorie for the first time and we are going to meet up to share information. Thanks.

Posted by Colin on 26/06/2009

I married Shirley Thompson in 1964, her family are definitely the descendants of the Thompsons from Barmby. Shirley's grandad was Walter Robert Thompson (tells me that the first born male of the family was always Robert and that was true for several generations) born about 1896 who died in 1950 he was a farmer at Yokefleet. We have a very large bible and in the front there is a long list of the family, when they were born and where, etc.

The reason for the two Mary Ann's is that the nine month old died and so the next girl was called Mary Ann. Without looking it up, I think the parents did this twice. The other being a boy who died young.

According to the family bible, Walter Robert Thompson was born 1 December 1886 and married Maria Scoffins 1911. Some of the names are difficult to read because they were originally written in pencil and the text has faded.

Posted by Heather on 27/06/2009

It is strange, all these Thompsons and none seem to be related to my great(x3)-grandfather Edward who was born there in 1807! There must be a connection somewhere you would think. Oh well.

Posted by Linda on 06/07/2009

It's very confusing, there were a lot of Thompsons living in the Barmby area all related to each other and what's more confusing is that they all called their children by the same names; there are an awful lot of Roberts, John Solomans, Edwards and Williams living at the same time so it's very difficult to find out who your direct ancestors were but we must be related somewhere along the line!

Walter was the son of Robert Thompson (brother to my grandfather Alfred and also brother to Catherine, Marjorie's great-grandmother) so we are related to your wife! Robert was the second child of Soloman Thompson and his wife Elizabeth (nee Berrill) and was born in Shorncliffe, Kent in 1857. Robert married Hannah Maria Levitt in 1866 and they had at least six children, the oldest being Walter.

Posted by Shirley on 03/08/2009

Hello all you Thompsons from Barmby on the Marsh (I'm not the Shirley Thompson previously mentioned). I'm a Thompson by marriage. I have been researching the Thompsons for a few years now and have met Andrew when he visited a few years back. Our side of the family are through Robert Thompson. Walter Thompson was my husband's great-uncle (his grandfather was Frederick Thompson. My father-in-law was Robert Thompson and his eldest son is also Robert Arthur Thompson). Amazing to find others looking.

Posted by Patricia on 05/08/2009

I am trying to find some information regarding my great(x3)-grandmother Susannah Thompson who was born in 1795. She had a daughter, Catharine born in 1820, but did not marry. I think she died in either 1852 or 1853. On her last record in the 1851 census she was in the workhouse.

Posted by Marjorie on 10/08/2009

There was a Susannah, 45, who lived with a Mary Thompson at South Street in 1841.

Posted by Linda on 18/08/2009

I'm getting very confused about all these Thompsons that are turning up! Especially two Shirleys!

Posted by Heather on 01/11/2009

I think Susannah may be related to me, but can't find out how, all these Thompsons are very confusing. Was she related to Helen Thompson do you know? Helen is my great(x3)-grandfather's (Edward) sister I believe. But it would be strange because Susannah was in the workhouse and Edward lived at Knedlington Hall. Unless she was disowned for getting pregnant. Mary was Edward's mother.

Posted by Allison on 16/07/2016

I've just found this thread and, like Heather above, I'm researching Edward and Ann Thompson of the Old Hall. Edward is my great(x3)-grandfather.

Posted by Ann on 11/07/2009

My great-great-grandfather lived in Barmby and is buried in St. Helens Church. He was called David Clark CORNEY and his wife was Rebecca. They had six children and lived in High Street, Barmby. One of these children was my grandfather called William Corney (b. 1898). Does anyone remember any Corneys living in the village in the early to mid-1900s?

Posted by Willo on 13/09/2009

Regarding the Corney name, I remember a Mrs Corney living in Barmby. She lived in the last terrace house on the left just after the pub. I think she died there in the 1960s.

Posted by Patti on 12/07/2009

My mother, Molly Falkingham (married name Elwell) was born in Barmby in 1916 and lived there until 1945 when she married my father, a Canadian officer, and became a war bride and moved overseas. Some of the names she remembers are Everett, Bramley and Holey. She had a brother Robert Falkingham who lived in Wressle until he passed away. She has many fond memories of her childhood.

Posted by Willo on 03/12/2009

If Robert was your mother's brother then so was Lloyd, I think, who still has a son farming in Barmby. Robert used to farm at the castle in Wressle and his sons still are there.

Posted by Val on 10/08/2009

My great-great-grandfather was John Martin who was the parish clerk for 42 years. He came to Barmby from Broomfield in Somerset and was a weaver. He was buried in 1915. I have family info from 1823 to 1930s. I am interested to know which house he lived in. I have been told that it had the village pump outside.

Posted by Patricia on 03/10/2009

John Martin, parish clerk, was also my great-great-grandfather. He lived in various houses along High Street.

My great-grandfather was John's son, John (b. 1848) who married Jane Elizabeth Parkin. My grandfather was their son John Arthur (Arthur), born Sculcoates, Hull (can't find a birth record for him).

I knew John was born in Bristol, Somerset, but not which district, which has made it impossible to trace his parents. I know his father was also called John and was a weaver in 1844 when John and Mary Ann Watt(s) married. I have no information as to who Ann (1845) married, so that line has gone cold. I would love any information you have as I have only been in contact with two others with the same family line.

Posted by Sue on 06/11/2009

John William TALBOT was the vicar of Barmby for a number of years. The census records show that he was certainly there in 1891, 1901 and 1911. His wife Eliza (nee Livesey) was my great-grandfather's sister. Does anybody know anything about him or his family? Thanks.

Posted by June on 30/08/2015

I too am researching John William and Eliza Talbot. They are my husband's great-great-grandparents. Their daughter, Ethel Maud, was married at Barmby in 1913 to her first cousin Richard Edmund Livesey.

Posted by Andy on 27/02/2010

I have fond memories of living in Barmby sometime in the 1970s when I was a child. I always thought of going back to visit, but the pictures on Google show a place that has changed.

Posted by Len on 28/02/2010

I'm looking for the HORD/HURD family of Barmby on the Marsh. They left for Canada sometime around 1830. Might have been tailors or in the dress making business, lived at York (present day Toronto), York County, Ontario by 1832/1834.

Their son was John Mark Hord (b. 10/02/1811, Kingston upon Hull; d. 30/09/1899, Ilderton, Ontario). Their father was John Hord; mother Martha Allinson or Allynson; stepmother was Elizabeth Jackson.

Likely grandparents were Nathaniel Hord and Mary Ramsay married at Howden. Family was Methodist and believe older Hords/Hurds were from Barmby on the Marsh and attended St. Helens Church.

Looking for any connections to St. Helens Church if records exist where would I find them? Thanks.

Posted by Elizabeth on 09/03/2010

My great-great-grandmother was Tamar ADDINALL maiden name ROCKETT. Married great-great-grandfather John in 1859. I would be interested to here if anyone knows of this family Thanks.

Posted by Peter on 18/05/2011

I have an Addinall tree which has Tamar (1839-1888) and John (1828-1859). Widow Tamar married Robert Douglas in 1871.

Posted by Vanessa on 04/06/2011

I am also great-great-grandmother of Tamar and John Addinall and would be interested in any information.

Posted by Vicki on 15/03/2010

My grandfather, Benjamin ROOKE, grew up in Barmby. He left for America in his late teens. His father was John Rooke and mother Emily Fleming Rooke. They are buried in the churchyard. Anyone know of the Rookes from Barmby? Thanks.

Posted by Maxine on 06/05/2012

Benjamin Rooke of Barmby on the Marsh was my uncle. By the way John Rooke is not buried with Emily in the churchyard, he was buried in Hemmingborough, I believe.

Posted by Vicki on 23/09/2013

Was your father Max? If so, I met your brother, John, when he came to the U.S. Thanks for the tip on the burial sites. I think there is a daughter buried with Emily in the churchyard. Hoping to visit England in the next couple of years. A visit to Barmby is a must!

Posted by Willo on 28/11/2013

I can remember John spending some time in Barmby in the early-1960s and we were quite good friends for this short period. I cannot remember if he used to stay with relations or just arrived for a day at a time. I do remember that Max was his dad although I never met him. Of course Laurie and Phil and families were residents at that time.

I do recall something being said about the USA and assumed that he had emigrated shortly after.

Posted by Maxine on 11/01/2014

John was my brother and he sadly passed away in 1980. He loved visiting his Rooke Family but only for the day. He settled in Bridlington mainly because of Mary Rooke/Foster whom he was very close to. She was the eldest of that particular set of brothers and sisters.

Posted by Vicki on 16/11/2014

Benjamin, your Uncle Ben, was my father's stepfather. Bernice (Bernie) was my grandmother. My father's name was Victor Miller. He passed away in 2010. My mother, Flossie, passed away eight months ago. We all got to meet your brother, John.

Posted by Keith on 14/09/2010

I was born in Barmby in 1953 in the vicarage, which my parents were renting a part of. We left when I was still a baby, to go to live in Boston Spa. Does anyone remember Bert and Joan Marwood? Or my older brothers Neil or Stephen? Although we weren't there for long, my dad was a Goole man, so we were almost locals.

Posted by Clive on 12/10/2010

I was born in Pear Tree House, North Street, Barmby on the Marsh in 1942, My parents were Arthur Sydney Martin and Blanche Martin (nee Wilson) of Cliffe near Selby.

My father was born in Westonby House, Main Street in 1913, His parents were Charles Arthur Martin and Mary Martin (nee Lofthouse) of Barmby Marsh.

Posted by Anne on 03/11/2010

I remember you well Clive, do you remember me? I don't get to Barmby very often.

Posted by Willo on 11/11/2010

I was only talking to Jeff Leighton the other day about your mum and dad and how long it was since they farmed at Pear Tree. I would be at the front of the house when your dad went by on his racing David Brown tractor to the field he had opposite Mrs Potters. Can you remember the old lady that lived there before them? She was quite eccentric and used to stand at the front door shouting, her name evades me at the moment?

If I remember rightly you were sort of famous in the village because of the illness you had as a young lad. I also remember the Ariel Arrow you had, what I would give for one of them now.

Posted by Clive on 21/11/2010

I remember both of you well. Miss Arminson lived in the old pub where the Potters now live.

Posted by Heather on 17/01/2011

My great-great-grandfather lived at Westonby Hall in 1834. Is Westonby House the same place? He was Edward Thompson.

Posted by Clive on 01/02/2011

I have only known it as Westonby House all the time I lived in Barmby; I never heard anyone call it Westonby Hall.

Posted by Willo on 13/02/2011

I have been doing a little family research lately and certainly the west end of Barmby was known as Westonby in the 1881 census and my mother would sometimes refer to it as that and she lived there all her life.

Descendants of my family were there before 1850 and history about the village tended to be passed down through the generations. I lived in Barmby (Westonby) until I was 21 or so, and no one ever mentioned a Hall and I never saw any remains of a structure that I would identify as a hall. Could it be that the census information is wrong and it should have been written as Westonby House?

The house is situated on the right immediately after the farm that is at the junction of High Street and North Street West end. (I always have been told this is where Westonby originally began). Opposite it is a two storey house, the only house that lies to the south of the road. Next door to Westonby House there used to be a chapel which was demolished in the 1960s.

Posted by Heather on 28/02/2011

Westonby Hall wasn't on a census, it is in a book that Edward signed. "+ Westonby Hall, Barmby, 9 September 1834". It definitely says Hall, but suppose he could have just called it that to be posh. Also, I have his maths book "1856 - Knedlington".

Posted by Angela on 05/07/2012

I live in Pear Tree House now and would welcome any information you could give me about the house and/or the village. My husband is especially interested in getting hold of photos of the old railway if anyone has any.

Posted by Eve on 16/04/2011

Members of my family once lived in Barmby, I think. John Henry ARMINSON and his wife, Annie HAYES, had two children there or nearby, about 1893-95 (births registered in Howden?) - John Lancelot and Hilda May.

Posted by Willo on 01/06/2012

I've realised that I knew Lancelot Arminson or Lance as he was known by. He had a farm at Asselby and two sons, I believe, John and Colin. I used to come into contact with Col later as he farmed at Hotham near North Cave.

Posted by John on 29/05/2011

My sister-in-law ran the village post office in Barmby in the late-1970s/1980s. Her name was Wendy Johnson and we all became friends with Neil Lofty (Lofthouse), Rowley and lots of lovely village people. We immigrated to Australia.

Posted by Hayley on 01/06/2011

We've just moved into what used to be the old pub, "The Bull and Butcher". Does anyone have any tales or even better photos? Thanks.

Posted by Graham on 28/06/2011

My father had the Bull and Butcher in the 1950s.

Posted by Clive on 26/09/2011

My earliest memory of the Bull and Butcher are of the landlord called Teddy Goundrill who used his kitchen as the bar in winter - sitting round his table he would fill your glasses with beer out of a big jug.

Posted by Willo on 09/12/2011

I can remember Teddy living in Barmby during the 1950s and he was an old man then.

Posted by Paula on 26/02/2012

My mother Gretchen Salmon and my uncle Rodrick were, along with my grandmother Vera, evacuated to Barmby during the war. They both went to the primary school. Does anyone remember them?

Posted by Willo on 29/03/2012

Somewhere in the deep and distant past I recall Rod Salmon. I feel sure that the family was known by my relatives. But, something makes me think he went to Drax Grammar School and possibly lived near there in the late-1950s, possibly at Drax or Camblesforth.

Posted by Willo on 18/04/2012

I asked my sister about Gretchen and she clearly remembers the family living in Barmby. They lived in the end terrace of three houses just past the Kings Head. Perhaps your mother will remember Anne who was next door at Clarecott living with our grandfather Joseph Eastwood during the war? Anne's husband is David Mcdonagh who was from Langrick originally and who knew your mother from her time in Drax.

Posted by Stephen on 04/07/2012

Stumbled across this interesting website by accident. During the mid-1970s my family owned the post office in Barmby, which was my first home as I was born there in 1976, before moving in 1978.

Unfortunately I am too young to remember what the post office looked like and have been trying to find pictures of it but can't find any.

Posted by Trev on 18/12/2012

My dad Kenneth Hardwick was born in Howden and I remember him telling me that he used to cross on the ferry at Menthorpe when he was young. Are there any old photos of the ferry?

Posted by Tricia on 21/12/2012

My mum was born and bred in Asselby and remembers Menthorpe Ferry well, having an aunt at nearby Bubwith. There was a pub there which always had "lock ins" during and after the war; even today there is a pub. I was brought up in Howden until I was 21 but cannot remember the name Hardwick, maybe a different generation from me.

Posted by Trev on 23/12/2012

I think it was before your time when dad lived in Howden; he lived in North Holmnby Street and my grand-parents passed away in the early-1950s but my mum is still well at 106 years.

Posted by Tricia on 24/12/2012

106 years young WOW!! My own Mum was 94 last week and I thought that was good going. We are so lucky to still have them and long may they reign. Best wishes.

Posted by CP on 19/11/2014

For some years, at least from 1950/51, Clifford Penistone and his wife Vera lived in Riversdale house here. They had one son and he moved eventually overseas. Clifford served as an NCO in the RAF six or seven years earlier before returning to Reg Timms flour mill.

I remember well the disused rail complex at Barmby, signal box, platforms, weighbridge, gates and the very famous Ouse Bridge. This could all be viewed from Riversdale house.

Posted by Jenny on 10/10/2017

I have just come across this site while researching my family tree. I am related to the Ellwood family who were farmers in the village, having moved there from Asselby, but it is the story of George Ellwood that intrigues me. I have discovered he went to Drax Grammar School, now the Read School, and I wondered how he would have got there each day, as I can't see a local river crossing. Does anyone know if there was one in the early-1920s? Thanks.

Posted by Willo on 27/11/2017

I reckon there could have been two possibilities.

1 use the ferry that was in existence across to the Ship Inn

2 go across the railway bridge on the Hull - Barnsley railway line

The second was certainly used in the 1950s as I used to go visit relations in Langrick regularly. George may have walked across just like we used to.

Posted by Paul on 28/11/2017

Found this on a website about the village "There were ferries to both Drax and Hemingbrough and regular market boats to both Hull and Selby."

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