The history of Eshton Hall was the subject of an eloquent
and interesting talk given by Peter Robinson to the Malhamdale
Local History Group in November and has been added to
the 'Talks Online'
Roll dated 1607 for the manor of Kirkby Malham has
been transcribed by Victoria Spence and added to the Kirkby
Captain James King RN FRS, a very interesting talk about
this famous member of the King family of Skellands, Scosthrop,
given by Robin Bundy at the June MLHG meeting has been
added to the 'Talks
Dec 2011/Jan/Feb 2012
Old Inns of the Yorkshire Dales, an entertaining and informative
talk given by Dr. David Johnson at the February MLHG meeting
has been added to the 'Talks
Some minor revisions have been made to the Scalegill
The Millenium Project has been updated with more information
about No.1 The Croft in Airton which at the beginning
of the 19C was a Grocers and Drapers shop.
The 'Quakers in Malhamdale' project has been updated to
include a section on the William
and Alice Ellis charities, based on a talk presented
in 2010 at the Airton Friends Meeting House after it had
undergone extensive restoration.
In the future, talks presented to the Malhamdale Local
History Group which are of particular local interest will,
with the presenters permission, be recorded and made available
on the Talks Online
page thus bringing them to a much wider audience. The
recent talk given by John Dixon entitled "John de
Launde and Malham's Role in the Bolton Estate" is
now live along with the previously recorded talk given
by Mike Spence entitled "The
Early History of KirkbyMalham Church and the West Dereham
The townships of Otterburn, Malham, Malham Moor and Calton
have been added to the MLHG
Millennium Building Record Project this
together with the townships of Airton, Kirkby Malham and
Hanlith previously added, completes
the publishing of this project as it was put together
by Malhamdale Local History Group in 2000. The hope is
that now it is available to everyone, people will further
contribute to the project by adding information by way
of comments that can then be edited into the descriptions.
The site search facility does not at present include the
Millenium Project, however, there is a search box available
within the slide show itself.
BOGUS VIRUS THREAT - unfortunately a recent update
to the popular virus checker Kaspersky has branded all
our Parish Record databases as a threat, with the following
message - "object is infected by Trojan-Downloader.JS.Iframe.bzn"
This is actually a case of Kaspersky being over cautious
because it can't read the address for our Iframe, which
is encoded to help protect the full database from being
downloaded. A work around is being looked for, but be
assured that there is not a threat from entering these
pages and only 2 out of 44 up-to-date virus checkers think
there may be a problem. Check our pages on the Virus
Total website and see for yourself.
Kirkby Malham has been added to the Millenium Building
Millennium Building Record Project is being digitised
and added to the website in the form of a village by village
slide show, which allows visitors to add more information,
comments or anecdotes. The first villages to become available
are Airton, Scosthrop and Hanlith, with others to follow
Links added to township pages drop down search buttons,
for easier access to the new Parish Records.
Updates to Hearth
Tax page, plus various link corrections on the census
New material added to the Scosthrop
School's pages in the MLHG Education Project.
New page added about the History
of Kirkby Malham vicarage and the "lost"
Added a new Local History
Focus article on the carved rose bosses in the church
roof at St Michael's.
Information about the Cotton Spinning process and descriptions
of the various jobs carried out by the mill employees
added to the various mill pages.
Two new fully searchable transcriptions of the Parish
Registers for St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby Malham
and Burials 1773-1910
Unlike the Parish Record Index, these have all been transcribed
from the original registers and now completed, we can
now provide users with parish record data from 1597-1910.
The latest version of the 1597-1813 Parish Record Index is now uploaded. This now includes the transcribed occupations and abodes for all the records (where they were included) giving it the most comprehensive coverage possible for the earlier registers which were stolen and was compiled from the Cookson Index, IGI, YPRS transcript and existing Bishop's Transcripts.
Added new material to the Airton Mill page.
Numerous updates added to other sections of the Malhamdale Education project.
Catalogue for the Calton Deeds used by J Morkill in his book and held at the YAS in Leeds. The first part of a very large list of deeds, maps and other material referring to Malhamdale, by kind permission of the YAS.
New material added to Leegate & Bordley and the Kirkby Malham Free Grammar School's pages in the MLHG Education Project.
Details of a newly discovered school at Rainscar, Malham Moor has been added to the MLHG Education Project.
Scalegill Mill page updates.
Massive update of links to other websites, plus the addition of a secure contact form.
Added a transcript of the Malhamdale entries from the 1913 Craven Almanack listing many addresses and occupations.
Various updates and corrections including the Bibliography of local books, which now has a number to read on the website or download from the internet.
Newspaper reports from the Craven Herald and West Yorkshire Pioneer added to the Virtual War Memorial page, providing more information about the men and their families.
Changed the dead Springwidgets RSS reader on the home page to a more reliable Google version and added a link back to the main forum pages from the RSS reader results.
Tithe Commission Schedules 1847 : Showing the ownership and tenants of land in Malhamdale which was subject to tithes.
1942 Farm Survey : Assessment of every farm in the Dale taken in the Second World War complete with maps and transcribed details.
Updated and added various links and some additional material.
Parish Record Index 1597-1813 This comprehensive searchable index to the Kirkby Malham parish records has been created from the Cookson Index, IGI and the 18th century Bishop's Transcripts. It provides the most comprehensive set of data available for the 18th century, whose registers were stolen before any copies could be made of the originals.
Added or amended several links, updated the Malham Tarn House page. Updated our useful Browser Toolbar including the Wayback link to enable you to view some earlier versions of webpages, including ours.
Updated the database for the MLHG Archive catalogue.
Added links for Field Studies Council papers on Malham Tarn House and the Archaeology of Malham Moor.
Linked the 1841 Malhamdale Poll Book, added several updates to index entries.
Updated the Temperance and Band of Hope page.
New page on Reading Rooms and Adult Education added.
Updated various items including The Victoria Hotel.
Added William Bray's account of his visit to Malham in 1777 and John Houseman's visit in 1800 at the time of a sheep and cattle sale.
Added a page with an online version of Hurtley's book on the Natural Curiosities of Malham.
New census transcripts added for Bell Busk & Coniston Cold : 1851 : 1861 : 1871 : 1881 : 1891 - This completes all of the Malhamdale census transcripts - Many thanks to our small but willing band of transcribers.
Census transcripts adeed for Eshton 1861 : 1871 : 1891
The Malhamdale chapters from Harry Speight's book Craven and the Northwest Highlands added.
A new page added with a full online copy of Johnnie Gray's (Harry Speight) book Through Airedale from Goole to Malham Our online books pages will require a broadband connection for satisfactory viewing.
New 1911 census transcripts added for Airton : Bell Busk & Coniston Cold : Calton: Eshton : Malham : Malham Moor and Otterburn, completing our collection of 1911 census transcripts.
Added a new page on Hydroelectricity production in Malhamdale.
Added much new material to the Bell Busk Mill page.
Updated the Scalegill and Airton Mill pages.
Various minor updates and corrections.
Added a Local History Focus short article on the wall painting at Kirkby Malham church.
The Airton Band of Hope provides details of the members of this Methodist temperance movement.
A new page added with a full online copy of H Speight's book -The Craven & North-West Highlands of Yorkshire
Added a page of short and not necessarily complementary comments to our collection of 18th & early 19th century visitor's Writings about Malhamdale.
Local Dialect and Accent
resource page with a comprehensive Glossary and links to sound files.
Malham 1891 Census
& Bell Busk within Airton 1891
census added, plus various minor updates.
the Malham PeopleFinder database to include entries from the 1911 census to help locat people born or living in Malhamdale in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Eshton 1901 : Bell Busk & Coniston Cold 1841 : Eshton 1881 : Bell Busk & Coniston Cold 1881 Census.
Various minor updates, corrections and links added.
Updated the page on Walter Morrison, adding an article from the first edition of The Dalesman.
: Eshton 1851
: Malham 1881
& Malham 1901
Census transcripts uploaded.
Uploaded the Malham Moor Census for 1851
: 1901 thanks to the work of our transcribers. Scosthrop
1911 and the Malham 1861
and Malham Moor 1841
census transcripts added.
1911 census transcripts added for Winterburn
- Kirkby Malham
with more to follow.
Altered the navigation on census pages to provide easy switching between townships. Pages added for all years and townships although there are a few blank ones still, if there are any volunteer transcribers out there?
Added a new Local History Focus section to the homepage which will regularly highlight various small items of local interest including St Helen's Well and the Rood Screen Pulley.
Transcription of the 1460 Manor Court Roll for Kirkby Malham & Hanlith
Victoria Inn page updated.
Free KMi Web Browser Toolbar added, a useful tool providing lots of links to great websites. For more information see the homepage.
Census Transcripts added for Winterburn 1841 : 1851 : 1861 : 1871 : 1881 : 1891 : 1901
Various minor updates and additions including link to a free pdf of the Serjeantson family history.
Bordley census transcripts added for 1841 : 1851 : 1861 : 1871 : 1881 : 1891 : 1901
Added the 1999 aerial map views to all the main township pages due to MultiMap linking you to Charing Cross instead of Malhamdale whenever they were busy!!
Updated all the FlashEarth.com aerial map links due to their site changes.
Updated information on Airton Cotton Mill.
More information added to the Virtual War Memorial.
Added a series of accounts by visitors to the Malhamdale area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including: Thomas Pennant (1773); John Enys (1783); Edward Dayes (1805); Thomas Wilkinson (1807); Arthur Jewitt (1816) and Samuel King (1837)
the forum, whose topics and postings had accidentally been overwritten.
More examples have been added to the Artists in Malhamdale page.
The Genealogy Search engine has been improved to provide better quality results.
Numerous small updates made to the site structure, including changes to page design and navigation to provide easy access to our various search facilities and an indication of when pages were last updated.
Calton census transcripts added for the years 1861 : 1871 : 1891
Added two new names to the Virtual War Memorial page.
Repaired and updated numerous external links.
Transcript of the Hanlith Enclosure Award 1817 with a tentative map.
Pupils who attended Malham Endowed School 1873 just before its amalgamation into Kirkby Malham United School.
Various updates and links added.
The last pupils to attend the Free Grammar School at Kirkby Malham in 1873-4
Deed by John Lambert of Calton Hall granting the right to Hanlith yeomen to carry coal across his Calton Moor property.
Added a series of Land Tax assessments for 1803 - Malham Moor : Malham : Kirkby Malham : Hanlith : Scosthrop : Airton (part)
Added a series of Land Tax assessments for 1798 - Malham Moor : Malham : Kirkby Malham : Hanlith : Scosthrop : Airton : Calton
Updated page for Malham Tarn House
1916 Land tax assessment for Malham Moor.
Hearth, Window and Land Taxes, an explanation, plus the 1672 Hearth Tax for Malhamdale.
The Malhamdale Local History Group's Archive Catalogue
is now available as a fully searchable database.
Updated the page containing our Census Database
, which helps you to locate people born or living in Malhamdale, wherever they may have moved to within the country. These now run on our own server without advertising.
Genealogy Resources Search
page with a specially tuned search engine to look for family history related pages on the Web and a search form to search the IGI Marriage and Baptism transcripts for all the surrounding parishes.
Updated the Parish Records "Where to find"
page and added a search form to allow searching of the Marriage and Baptism transcripts for Kirkby Malham in the IGI.
List of Malham Moor tenants
in 1760, 1786 and 1823.
25 inch to 1 mile map of Kirkby Malham & Hanlith
New zoomable version of the Jefferys 1771 map of Malhamdale
The Malham Enclosure Award
and Map 1850 added.
The Malhamdale entries from the Domesday
Survey plus the local entries from the 1539 Craven Muster Roll
were added, plus various minor updates and additions.
An 18th century Malhamdale Ghost story as retold in Wm Hone's 19th century "Table Book"
Uploaded a new file containing the latest version of the KMLHG Archive Index which can be used with any database or a spreadsheet such as Excel.
Transcription of the Hanlith and Kirkby Malham Manor Court Roll for 1554.
A Botanical Tour at Malham in Craven made in 1837.
Updated the Links page with new sites and the Bibliography page, which now includes a link to download a copy of H Speight's The Craven & Northwest Yorkshire Highlands.
Early manorial rental record showing Malhamdale tenants in the 14th Century.
Airton Quaker pages extend by the addition of the MIs for the Burial Ground
with plan and photos: A Brief History of the Airton Quaker Meeting
and an update of the Where to find Airton Quaker records
Corrections and additions made to the Airton Quaker Burial Index
Malhamdale extracts from the 1807 Poll Book
Links added to the Malham Moor
page to two recent photo collections showing local flora and fauna and the interior of the Pikedaw Calamine Caverns.
Added a multimedia slideshow of the talk Kirkby Malham and the West Derham Connection
given to MLHG by Mike Spence in June 2008. (Broadband only)
Obituary for Walter Morrison from the National Review, February 1922.
Population statistics : Information from the 1801-1991 census, offering an insight into population change within the Dale and its caused possible causes.
New information about the early years of Malham Show
The freeholders from the 1741 Poll Book
who voted in the election for an MP to represent Yorkshire.
Added new information from the 1848 Poll Book
showing those who voted in the parliamentary elections for the West Riding seat, with additional information on the right to vote from the 15th-20th centuries.
Added information about the History of Winterburn
including many lists of names. Put an AddThis button on all the KMi pages allowing you to email details of the page to a friend or add the page to your Social Bookmark site.
Added help file about Social Bookmarking
and what it is.
Added an RSS information file
An Index to the Raistrick Documents
- relating to Malhamdale and deposited at Skipton Library by the late Dr Arthur Raistrick.
An index to the Serjeantson of Hanlith Deeds
, some of which are held at Skipton Library in the Local Studies section.
Updated several links on the Links page
A downloadable RSS reader widget
added to the front page to access the postings from the new forum.
A new, easy to use Discussion Forum
added to make it easier to post comments and questions. Hosted on our own server it lacks the advertising that made the previous hosted service unusable, log in and leave your feedback or ask questions today.
Search Tips added to the Advanced Search Page
Added The Malhamdale Local History Group's Index to their Archives
Added help and information labels to navigation and other buttons and links on the Township webpages.
Updated the Winterburn Chapel
Extended the list of burials which took place at the Airton Quaker Burial Ground
and provided updated information on how to find the Airton Quaker records.
informationUpdated the Parish Records
and the Church and Chapels
The larger versions of the images have been linked to the Walter Morrison
Fixed the PayPal donation links, all contributions to the upkeep and development of the website will be very much appreciated.
Local History Group events for 2008-9
New items added to the Artist's in Malhamdale
Added links to more downloadable books about the area
Two photos of Kirkby Malham United School pupils circa 1896
supplied by Neil James added to the MLHG Schools Project.
The 1881 census for Calton
The digital version of the research and talk on Walter Morrison
uploaded, although the larger versions of images are still to be linked.
Updated pages about Scalegill Mill
: Newfield Hall
: Bell Busk Mill
: Airton Mill
and Malham Tarn House
, with new information, mainly gleaned from the Times and Guardian newspaper archives.
New census transcriptions added for Scosthrop 1871
and Airton 1851
plus other census page updates.
New links and corrections
Overhauled Home Page with scrollable news items.
Announced the new online project to transcribe the 19th century Parish records for St Michael the Archangel, Kirkby Malham.
Updated the Malhamdale wills
page and added a new index to Wills proved at York 1380-1688
: List of Burials at the Airton Friends Meeting House Burial ground (1764 - 1994)
Added a converter to provide OS map references from location co-ordinates on our GoogleMaps Malhamdale satellite map
Updated Victoria Inn page.
Added GoogleMaps page with highly detailed satellite and map images dating from 2002. Zoom in and search any part of Malhamdale and also get co-ordinates for features.
Updated the Artists in Malhamdale and Church & Chapel pages.
Added a digitised version of the 2nd edition of this excellent little church guide - The Story of the Church of St Michael at Kirkby in Malhamdale
Page aboout Craven Legion
with a list of Malhamdale subscribers 1803.
New page with information provided by Monica Jenkins on Bill Wild
, the Malham blacksmith and artist. Links added, including further volumes of the Memorials of Fountains Abbey, free documents in the National Archives and new satellite images available on Google Earth service.
Scosthrop 1851 Census
: HO107 / 2277 fo.462b-464
Scosthrop 1861 Census : RG9 / 3180 fo.18-19
People Finder database
added - find the location of people born or living in Malhamdale, as recorded on the 1841-1901 census returns.
Plus various other minor updates and additions
Brand new open Discussion Forum
added to the site, replacing the now defunct Blog and Feedback pages. We invite all visitors to use the forum to leave details of their interests and ask questions.
Old Blog and Feedback posts
have also been archived to become searchable on the site.
1841 Census for Scosthrop
thanks to Pat Berry.
Finally updated the picture links on the Malham Agricultural Show
and Malham at War
projects, all the website updates have now been completed.
Added the Calton Manor Court Roll 1577
More Procter of Bordley wills
added, plus various ammendments.
Updates made to Malham Tarn and House
page and the new meetings calendar
and officers added to the Local History Group pages.
Added the will of Geoffrey Procter of Bordley 1524/5
Picture links fixed of Malhamdale Education
Link added to the Google Books version of the "Life and Correspondence of William & Alice Ellis" of Airton
Main Malhamdale and Local History Group pages have now all been updated, only the problem with the links to larger versions of photos on the 3 local history group projects remains to be sorted out.
Datestones and sun dials of Kirkby Malham.
Kirkby Malham 1861 census.
Migrated all the main Township pages of KMI to the new page design, adding many new links and updating others. This is the first part of the upgrade and overhaul of the website.
Added pages for Winterburn Chapel
and where to find Gargrave and Winterburn parish records
November 2006/January 2007
Sale notice for Newhouses farm, Malham Moor 1808.
Unfortunately, due to the ill health of our webmaster, the addition of new items has slowed down. There are problems with links to many of the larger versions of photographs on the site too, but it is hoped that these will soon be fixed.
Subsidy Roll 1379 - poll tax list for Malhamdale
Feet of Fines - a listing of land transactions in Tudor Malhamdale.
The Weblog discussion area has been discontinued due to lack of use.
added - Malhamdale in books, old and new and where possible there are links to help you find copies. Comments about the content of the various publications will be added in due course. We also now have a Family & Local History Bookshop in association with Amazon.co.uk where you can find other books about the Yorkshire Dales, History and Genealogy.
Commission from any purchases will all go toward supporting this website.
Updated Otterburn history
Calton census 1841
Links to Scheduled Monument map for Malham area
on the MAGIC map server.
New links to the books Memorials of the Abbey of St Mary of Fountains published by the Surtees Society and The Dialect of Craven
on Google Books, also one to the legend of the Banquet of the Dead
in Kirkby Malham churchyard.
1907 OS map links added for Malham, Hanlith and Kirkby Malham.
New township links to FlashEarth.com a better browser for the Millennium aerial photographic maps of the area and also the HiRes Google Earth images (without installing the Google Earth browser) when they finally cover Malhamdale.
Added the 1841
Malham village census transcribed by Vicky Spence plus the 1851 census transcripts
. This means we now have 3 townships completed, but volunteers
to transcribe the other townships/years would be most welcome.
More information on Eshton
Hall and the Wilson family plus a page on the manor
Added a slide show of old Malhamdale images from postcards
to the home page.
Close Cattle Fair and the Birtwhistle family Text
of a talk by Richard Harland, photographs to follow.
Brief History of
Eshton Hall and the Wilson family
Lots of new links for Winterburn
and Eshton including aerial photos of Eshton Hall.
A dozen new links added to other Craven
District Local and Family History websites and Photo Archives.
1901 Census transcripts added for Kirkby Malham, Hanlith, Calton, Bell Busk & Coniston Cold the 1871 census for Hanlith and 1881 census for Hanlith
Added new Calendar of Events and updated the Contacts List for the Malhamdale Local History Group.
More Malhamdale will references added and details of the Borthwick Institute updated.
Added various links to the National Park's Out of Oblivion archaeology and local history website and to the Bradfer-Lawrence collection at the YAS, which holds a lot of Malham material from the Ribblesdale family papers and has some interesting example documents for the area on the website.
Improved the navigation and appearance of the search results page.
New material added to Malham Tarn House page.
New Feedback page and form, let us know what you think about the site and would like to see added. You can now send us photographs and files for the Malhamdale History Group Archives too.
Added direct links to township pages for A Vision of Britain website where you can view population statistics, historical gazetteer entries, Civil Parish changes etc. for Malhamdale.
1771 Map of Malhamdale - an extract of Jefferys Map of Yorkshire courtesy of Digital Archives.
Improved the navigation from all KMI sub pages so that users coming direct from search engines can get to the rest of the site more easily.
Added a PayPal credit card buy link to enable the purchase the Church guide from the webmaster (all proceeds to church funds)
Download our unique Malhamdale Calendar 2006 featuring 12 high resolution old photographs of the dale from our archives. The images have now been zipped so that they don't change size on download.
Article reproduced with permission from issue 29 of Family History Monthly magazine, about the Oliver Cromwell signatures in the Kirkby Malham Parish Registers. (PDF file)
Added the Census for Kirkby Malham 1871.
Various updates including some brief details of Otterburn bridges added to the township's history page (photos to follow).
Updated the Virtual War Memorial page with some new information of people found in the Soldiers Died 1914-19 data
Completed the Malhamdale Local History Group's online version of their exhibition Malhamdale at War, depicting WWII in the dale.
Parish map added showing the townships of Kirkby Malhamdale and the surrounding ancient ecclesiastical parishes.
Information on the Procters of Bordley and Winterburn by JW Morkill.
Brother Ditton's Compotus 1455 : the accounts of St Michael's church, Kirkby Malham, submitted to the Abbot of West Dereham.
Updated the Newfield Hall page.
More material added to Major General John Lambert's page.
Added a short history of Calton Hall, home of the Lamberts.
Court Roll for East Malham, Nov 1577 with many local names.
1861 census transcripts for Kirkby Malham and Hanlith
Some photographs and maps added the the Middle House, Malham Moor page.
Page added with notes from a talk by John Lee on Major General John Lambert
New section of pages started for the Malhamdale Local History Group's exhibition Malhamdale at War, depicting WWII in the dale. It's mainly text at the moment, but pictures and people's recollections of the time will be added over the next few weeks.
1941 National Farm Survey entries for Kirkby Malham.
Pictures and information added to the Churches and Chapels page.
Update to the Artists & Malhamdale page.
New page added on Malham Tarn and Tarn House.
Page about Great Close House provided by Barrie Sharples.
Middle House a monastic stock farm on Malham Moor
Added the Virtual War Memorial page in time for the VE Day Anniversary.
Details of the Malham at War exhibition, 14-15th May at Malham Village Hall.
Updated the Hanlith Hall page with photographs of construction from 1912.
Updated and added various new links, plus some pictures of church restoration to Home page.
Added Instructions for using weblog
New information added to the Bell Busk silk mill page.
Updated the Malhamdale Local History Group meetings calendar.
Expanded page about Walter Morrison, MP and local benefactor.
Updated the Hanlith Hall page.
Updated information on Walter Morrison MP.
Updated information and order form for JW Morkill's "History of Malhamdale",
Update on Kendal family information, Otterburn plus new information on Hill House.
Updated information on Scalegill Mill.
Repaired various damaged picture links of School Project pages.
New Malham mill, Airton mill and Bell Busk mill pages featuring photographs, maps and extracts from George Ingle's book "Yorkshire Cotton".
November 19/26th 2004:
New Feedback Page: we would like your comments to help improve the site.
To make navigation simpler we have also changed the Front Page to a new friendlier format with some News items.
More extensive biographical information about John William Morkill of Newfield Hall and his family.
The obituary of Simon Bell of Calton.
Page about the Local History Group's Malham at War project and appeal for your memories, photographs etc.
October 18th 2004:
Apologies that some larger versions of the pictures are not working on the School History site. I will fix it asap but my real job is rather hectic at present.
Republishing of JW Morkill's "Parish of Kirkby Malhamdale" details and order form.
Page on John William Morkill of Newfield Hall, author of the definitive local history of the Dale.