Another Reverend Bids Filey Farewell

Ten years ago I wrote a lengthy article on the Reverend Basil Kilvington WOODD for Looking at Filey. There is a mercifully shorter Redux piece under the imaginative title Reverend B K Woodd here. Two items in the Scarborough Mercury of 17 January 1880 may be of interest.


A meeting was held in the School-room, on Friday evening, chiefly composed of the Sunday-school children, their parents and friends. The Rev. B. K. Woodd, the late vicar, said when he came to Filey six years ago there was no Sunday-school, but he was glad to say that so far his efforts, assisted by his wife, who had gone all over the parish seeking up the children, had been crowned with success, and he hoped that the good work they had begun would be carried forward by his successor, and that all children would attend school as usual. He thanked the many friends who had so ably assisted in the school, for if it had not been for their kind assistance his efforts would have been to no avail. Recitations, scripture passages, songs, &c., were then given by the children in capital style. Mrs. Woodd then distributed prizes to the children, according to merit, for attendance, behaviour, and intelligence. The Benediction was then pronounced by Mr. Woodd, whereupon Mr. R. Cammish ascended the platform accompanied by Mr. Harrison, and uncovered a beautiful encased clock with elaborate ornaments and also a silver ink-stand, which he said had been subscribed for by the parishoners of Filey, as a token of their esteem for the vicar and his wife. Mr. Harrison then made the presentation, remarking that during the six years Mr. Woodd had officiated at Filey he had made most praiseworthy progress in the arrangements at the church and all local matters that he had to do with. Mr. Woodd responded, saying that they had acknowledged their humble services far more than they deserved. He and his family would ever remember the kindness they had been shown to them during their short stay among them, and would value their handsome gifts as long as they lived. The meeting was dispersed.


On Sunday the Rev. B. K. Woodd preached two farewell sermons to his parishioners in the parish church. Towards the conclusion of the morning sermon, he said that [his time in the] parish was fast drawing to a close, and he prayed that God’s blessing might remain amongst them. In the evening the church was crowded to overflowing, and at the end of the sermon, the vicar said: -My dear parishioners and friends, I beg to call your attention to the close of my ministry here tonight. Such a time cannot be referred to without a certain amount of feeling. I have not sought the new living I am going to, neither have I had any selfish motives in accepting it. If my preaching in this parish has been the means of sowing good seeds, I hope they will take root and bear fruit. Many sermons have been preached within these grand old walls that have stood for 700 years. God grant that many have been blessed by them. I go forward with this consolation, that I have tried to do my duty, and trust that you will follow me with your prayers to carry out my mission of love for which Jesus died. I trust that God’s blessing may rest with you, brightening your paths, and filling you with His heavenly love and grace until this life is over.

Find Rev. Basil on the Shared Tree.


1866 · Robert IRELAND · G8Z8-X55

An infant with this name died in Scarborough before his first birthday but “our Robert” appears in the 1871 census with his parents, two sisters and brother Harrison. After that, I lose them. (Father Gibbon is Gibson in some sources and mother Sarah‘s maiden name in birth registrations is “McNee” rather than McKee.)

1801 · Jane LEGARD · KH2X-MM3

Jane was born at Ganton, ten miles inland from Filey, when her uncle John was the sixth of the LEGARD baronets. The daughter of Digby Legard and Frances CREYKE, she married the second son of William WILBERFORCE, four years after the great man’s death. She died childless in 1854. Her husband, the Reverend Robert Isaac Wilberforce, died three years later in Italy. Robert first married a Hunmanby WRANGHAM – and so did his granddaughter Evelyn Agnes. The Wilberforce line comes to an end whilst the Wranghams continue to the 21st century. There may be family connections to Filey but, so far, I haven’t noticed any.

1809 · Francis COLLEY · MGCB-22G & Mary COLLEY

Francis and Mary are not related by blood. They married in St Oswald’s when Mary was thirty and Francis about six years younger. I have nine children born to them, the last two not reaching their first birthday, when Mary was 45/47 years old. FamilySearch has a tenth child, a second Jane born in 1813.

1973 · Mary Ethel HALL · 1939 Cammish E111

Wife of James “Fatty” Cammish and grandmother of Martin Douglas, who kindly donated the photograph below to Looking at Filey.

Mary Ethel with Martin and Helen

1851 · Nathaniel COOK

Born in 1758, he was still working as a school teacher in 1841, living in Church Street with his wife Ann née TINDALL. He is the maternal grandfather of Elizabeth CHEW, who drowned with her husband William AGAR on passage from London to Shields in 1839. (See Anniversaries, 7 January.) Not yet found on the Shared Tree.


1975 Oxford


…A series of TV programmes, Pioneers of Photography, began last night with Fox Talbot. Very enjoyable considering my almost total lack of interest in “early” photographers. But, yesterday, I went to visit Dan in his daytime hell, Beaver House, and among the books he offloaded onto me was Famous Men and Fair Women, a badly water damaged collection of Julia Margaret Cameron’s photographs. The pictures themselves are unharmed except for a slight damp wrinkle. It is the white borders that have suffered. I might be able to rescue all the plates and put them against fresh, unsullied backgrounds. Worth the effort despite my lack of interest?

Dan has not been feeling well lately and has stopped talking to everyone. His sister thinks she has cancer of the bladder and Jumbo has been awful recently. Dan hit him on Sunday with a plastic bucket and the poor old chap cried over the sink “What did you do that for?” No one sits in my old chair next to Dan. “I am avoided.”

Beach 154 · Filey Sands


Zen Koan for the Virus


1786 · Newman SCOTTOW · L447-84Q

Newman lived for 86 years, dying in Overstrand, just five miles from his Norfolk birthplace. One of his descendants, David SCOTTER, explains the name change –

The Scotters have lived in Norfolk for nigh on a thousand years. Back then we were Skottowe or a variation of that spelling. As time went on the more general spelling was Scottow and by 1800 there were many changes, one being to Scotter, changes which happened purely by peoples’ different accents.

Fishing was in the family as early as 1603 when a Simon Skottowe left in his will –

Will of Symon Skottowe 13th December 1603

In the name of God Amen I Symon Skotowe of gt Yarmouth in the countye of Norff Sayler doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following. First I give and bequeathe my Soule into  the hands of almighty God And my body to be commuted to Christian buryall  Item I give and bequeathe to Ann my wiffe  my house in Fee simple and my netts with all that is myne In witness hereof he setts his hand. Wittnesses Richard Utting Nicholas Goodson and Stephen Hodges

Probate given at Gt Yarmouth 13th day of the month of December 1603

The first proper mention of the Scotters fishing in Norfolk was when Reuben Scottow took to the sea around 1860. Previous to that the family had been Agricultural Labourers. In those days Runton must have been a bleak place to earn a living in. As we all know if you were an agricultural labourer you worked from dawn to dusk for a pittance in pay, so to start with Reuben may well have enhanced his wages by helping out the other fishermen he lived amongst. It does not appear as if he had his own boat, as searches amongst records show nothing. What we do know is that he was suddenly taken by the fishing bug and later so were his whole family.

Spawned in Norfolk, Caught in Filey, posted in Looking at Filey, 19 May 2011

Reuben is the fourth of eight sons Newman had with Gemima SWAN(N), and the man responsible for the couples’ many Filey descendants. They are, for instance, second great grandparents to Arthur FERRAR (see Anniversary 1 January).

1854 · George DINNEWELL · MGCY-6SC

George never married. In the 1891 and 1911 censuses he was sharing a house with his sister Louise and her children. Louise had married Alexander Arthur CORSBY, a musician, on the Isle of Man but the couple had separated. I have not found a record of divorce but Alexander married again about 1899 and had two children with Matilda ROBERTS. Louise died in 1918 and George in 1932.

1740 · Nathaniel CAPPLEMAN · MJDY-FVB & Elizabeth RIDLEY

There is a bunch of duplicate IDs for Nathaniel, which may enable the construction of a family with six or more children. Filey Genealogy & Connections points to Nathaniel being a second-generation Cappleman in Filey. Elizabeth’s forebears are not yet known.

1909 · Godfrey BAKER · 624 Baker G488

See The Mystery of Edward Grooby.

1930 · Edmond SAYERS · MGZM-GV6

Edmond and his wife Sarah are remembered on the grave of their daughters, Jane Elizabeth and Edith Annie, who both married George SCOTTER (who happens to be a great-grandson of Newman SCOTTOW, above).

Abstract 87 · Speeton Sands


The Scarborough Evening News
Monday 14 January 1901

At the Victoria Hall, Filey, on Friday evening, a children’s Cinderella took place in connection with the annual fancy dress ball which was held on the previous Wednesday night. There was a large attendance, about 170 being present, and the scene was a pretty one. Among the adults who attended and assisted in completing the arrangements were Mrs. Nicholson, Dr. Haworth, Mrs. W. Smith, Miss Hawkes, Councillor and Mrs. Gibson, Mrs. Hutton, Mr. and Mrs. Steele, Mr. G. Gofton, Mr. Breckon, Mr. McFarlane, Mr. A. B. Towse, and Mr. Newman Crawford. The following are some of the costumes worn:-Miss Emily Gibson, “Patience” Miss Ella Gibson, “Cherry Ripe”; Miss Gibson, “Shamrock”; Miss Nendick, “Winter”; Miss L. Simpson, “Summer”; Miss Simpson, “Runaway Girl”; Miss Horner, “C.I.V.”; Miss Ferguson, “Jockey”; Miss Jennings, “Pillar Box”; Miss Randall, “Italian Girl”; Miss E. Randall, “Daughter of the Regiment”; Miss MacFarlane, “Monte Carlo Poppy”; Miss Burr, “Minnie Palmer”; Mrs. Rickard, “Night”; Miss Lily Burr, “Carnations”; Miss Florrie Burr, “Carnations”; Miss Cappleman, “Violets”; Miss Sally Burr, “Folly”; Miss Lily Colling, “Rose”; Miss Lilian Gledhill, “forget-me-not”; Miss Stella Smith, “Queen of the Buttercups”; Miss Mabel Harrison, “Swiss Girl”; Miss Mabel Breckons, “Bo-Peep”; Miss Nora Cooper, “White Rose”; Miss Ella Hutton, “Shepherdess”; Miss Clara Hutton, “Butterfly Fairy”; Miss Gladys Towers, “Red Riding Hood”; Miss May Johnson, “Summer”; Mrs. T. Ellis, “Swiss Tambourine Girl”; Miss Cammish, “Violets”; Miss Hewins, “Folly”; Mrs. Breckons, “Cook”; Mrs. George Gofton, “Incorrigible”; Mrs. Ferguson, “Mary Stuart”; Mrs. Newman Crawford, “Belle of New York”; Mrs. McFarlane, “French Carnival”; Mrs. A. B. Towse, “Monte Carlo Carnival”; Miss Stetle, “Jack Tar”; Miss Gertrude Johnson, “Tambourine Girl”; Miss Ethel Towse, “La Cloche de Corneville”; Miss Mildred Smith, “Cherry Ripe”; Miss Emily Hunter, “Primrose”; Miss Pym, “Red Riding Hood”; Mrs. Scriverner, “Australia”; Miss Bell, “Minnie Palmer”; Master Bernhard Towse, “Turk”; Master Eric Towse, “Pierrot”; Master Gledhill, “Confetti”; Master Barker, “Lord Nelson”; Master Simpson, “Clown”; Master Nendick, Pieriot”; Master Ernest Rickard, “Pierrot”; Master Abbott, “Jack Horner”; Master Stetle, “Jack Tar.”

Minnie PALMER on the Shared Tree

Minnie Palmer, photographer unknown, public domain


1913 · Ross Cambridge JENKINSON · GDXJ-G2F

Ross was, I think, a sports journalist – if the following comment on an Owls fan site is anything to go by. Nominations for top Sheffield reporters were requested…

I think most of the comments here are of quite recent reporters, predominantly BBC Radio Sheffield reporters. I would like to step back to the 1960s before local radio when in the daily, Sheffield Telegraph (which was a great newspaper by the way), there was Ross Jenkinson who was replaced by Keith Farnsworth. Both focused on reporting Wednesday matches. Keith became overall Sports Editor and then Deputy Editor. I nominate Keith.

Ross died in Sheffield in 1994.

1817 · Sally BIRD · MG8N-GCV

Robert Bird & Elizabeth Johnson had nine children. Three of their seven boys married and produced fifteen grandchildren, some of whom lived and died in Filey.

1804 · Richard POCKLEY KDSH-WWJ & Milcah TANTON  

1808 · Francis & James CHOW · 140 Chow G73

See The Brothers Chow.

1875 · Charlotte ROSS · GDLV-WFB

In loving memory of WALTER ROSS, younger son of JOHN & ELIZABETH ROSS, Ironmonger, born Novr 1st 1870, died Jany 15th 1874

‘Even so Father for so it

Seemed good in Thy sight’

Luke 10: 21

Also CHARLOTTE, their daughter, born March 22nd 1858, died Jan 11th 1875.

‘With Christ which is far better’


1974 Oxford


At lunchtime, I sampled some of Alan Moorehead’s “Darwin and the Beagle,” selecting those parts dealing with places I am now familiar with (just). The Dane was surprised at my wishing to leave a game of chess to go out on deck to view our approach to the Galapagos Archipelago. I now wish I’d spent every second possible watching the islands. My memory now of Isla Isabella, Isla Pinta and one or two of the other islands is unclear. I cannot recall the exact image of the remarkable caldera on Isla Pinta or the huge cliffs as we moved away from Isla Isabella. The general impression of barren lava flows and silent mystery remains with me of course. In the bay we saw two whales but, though perhaps only a mile from shore we saw no other life at all other than a few sea birds gliding along above the low lava cliffs. Darwin sailed around the archipelago for about a month and spent a week on one of the islands. It was here, most probably, that his ideas of evolution and natural selection began to crystallise because here were new species of animals, similar to those on the mainland of South America but different. And even though the islands were only 50 or 60 miles apart each one had its distinct type of each species. Finches, lizards had adapted differently in isolation to the slightly different environments on each island. I wish now I’d launched one of the Fairstar’s lifeboats and marooned myself on the Galapagos – to be picked up a year later.

Darwin was very pleased with the noisy and friendly welcome they had in Matavai Bay, Tahiti, but found the Bay of Islands miserable. The Maoris were sullen and indescribably dirty and the Europeans of the very lowest orders. He and the rest of the Beagle’s complement were glad to leave New Zealand.

It is quite amazing but after five years of study and exploration and intense experience, Darwin remained in England for the rest of his life. How did he do it?

Water 52 · Martin’s Ravine


Posted to Old LaF on 13 January 2011

James BULMER’s life was complicated enough to cause some confusion in the minds of 21st century seekers of genealogical truth. So far, I have only put his birth family on the Filey Community Tree. Kath, in her Filey Folk database, has James marrying twice, first to “Mary Ann Bulmer” and then Ann TEMPLE. Ann, the daughter of George TEMPLE and Mary, had a son in 1873 who was given the name Pickering TEMPLE. Kath has Ann marrying John PICKERING in Darlington that year.

Bulmer Families Genealogy records only one marriage for James but two family groups for Ann, the first headed by an unnamed male who appears to have given her four children, none of them called “Pickering”. When James and Ann did marry their offspring went into the melting pot of half-siblings at subsequent Bulmer census households.

Bulmer Families gives James’ occupation as “Farmer & Carter at Brickworks”. The Filey censuses show him “at home” in 1851, aged 17, out of town in 1861, a Farmer in 1881 and 1891, and a Carter in 1901. He had a ‘tween census adventure as an Innkeeper.

On Saturday, 22nd September 1878 the Scarborough Mercury reported –


James Bulmer, landlord of the Star Inn, was also summoned for permitting drunkenness in his house on the 4th inst. Sergeant Winpenny proved the case, but as there appeared to be a doubt on the minds of the bench they dismissed it.

More serious trouble found James a year or so later. The following notice appeared in the local paper on Saturday 10th January 1880 –




In the Liquidation of JAMES BULMER.


MESSRS HUME & FOWLER have received instructions from Mr ROBERT MITCHELL, Public Accountant, 2, St. Nicholas Street, Scarborough, (the Trustee in the above Estate), to SELL by AUCTION, on TUESDAY, January 13th, 1880, the following HORSES, FARM PRODUCE, IMPLEMENTS, HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, &c., viz.:-

Four Horses, aged.

About 4 Tons of Good Hay.

Do. 5 Tons of Barley Straw.

Do. 5 Tons of Oat Straw.

Do. 4 Tons Rakings.

Lorrie in excellent condition, to carry 2 tons; 2 carts, trappings for 3 horses, plough, 2 pairs harrows, stone roller, turnip-cutter, weighing machine, corn mill, 3 wheelbarrows, 5 forks, 2 rakes, 18 shelter boards, winnowing machine, stone trough, shovels, corn bin, scuttle, grindstone, &c.

About 5 Tons of Swede Turnips.

D. 30 Tons Flint Stones and Gravel.

The Straw and Stones will be sold in a Field near the Railway Station.

THE CONTENTS OF THE “STAR INN” consist of dining table, 8 small chairs, arm-chair, mantel glass, small table, fender, fire-irons, tapestry carpet, hearth rug, muslin shades, &c. Tap-room.-Eight small chairs, two armchairs, long-seat, with back; large round table, eight days’ clock, chimney glass, pictures, fender, fire-irons, &c. Also, Contents of 4 Bedrooms, Kitchen and Scullery Utensils, &c.

Sale to commence at Eleven o’clock a.m. prompt.

James didn’t know it then, but he still had 30 years of life ahead of him. At the 1881 census, there were ten mouths to feed, including seven children he claimed as his own, aged 19 down to 2, plus 8-year-old boarder, Pickering TEMPLE. (James had married Ann TEMPLE in 1875.) Sensibly, he seems to have gone back to doing what he knew best, farming and transporting people and their products around the district, though he still got into scrapes.

Scarborough Mercury, Saturday 9th April 1881


At the Bridlington Petty Sessions on Saturday, James Bulmer, carriage driver, Filey, was summoned for keeping a dog without having a license. Sergt. Cooper stated that on March 14th, from a complaint that he had received, he went to defendant’s house and asked him if he had a dog, to which he replied “Yes.” Witness said it had been worrying some sheep or lambs. He said “Yes, it worried a lamb at Muston to-day.” Witness said, “I wonder you keep it, you know it got Cogill into trouble the other day.” Witness was directed to an outhouse, and there saw the dog. He then asked the defendant if he had got the license for it, and he replied in the negative, as he had not paid Cogill for it yet, and did not know whether it was his or not. Witness told him that he was responsible for it and for what it had done. He replied that he knew that. Defendant stated that he only had the dog on trial for a week or two, and the first day he had it out it worried a lamb so he sent it back.—The Chairman said there was a doubt in the case, and gave the defendant the benefit of it, and dismissed the case.

Four years later James put in the lowest tender for scavenging, which the Local Board accepted. (James wanted £43, Mr APPLEBY £65 and Mr G. GEDGE £50.)

Two years before his death in 1911 a James BULMER was in the dock with George BULMER, Thomas SMITH, and two or more characters called STONEHOUSE. Liquidated James was 74 years old so the BULMER facing the disapproval of the Lord of the Manor could have been his sons, James (born 1864) and George (born 1879). In the 1901 Census, the brothers were both living with their parents at 81 Queen Street, James described as a general labourer and George a carriage proprietor.

Scarborough Mercury, Friday 14 May 1909


In the Chancery Division on Friday, Mr Justice Neville had before him a motion in the action Mitford v. Bulmer and others, which related to foreshore rights in the neighbourhood of Filey. The plaintiff moved for an interim injunction to restrain the defendants from carting or carrying away stone, sand, gravel, seaweed, etc… from the foreshore.

Mr Maugham, who appeared for the plaintiff, said that as regarded three defendants, he asked for no order, except that the costs of the motion should be costs in the action. They were James Bulmer, George Bulmer, and Thomas Smith. Their case was that there was a narrow strip of land that did not form part of the foreshore, and it was from this that they had been taking the sand, etc. As regarded the defendants Stonehouse, however, he should submit there was a clear case, and he asked for an interlocutory injunction.

His Lordship granted an injunction against the last-named defendants until the trial or further order.

I don’t know how this case concluded but my money would be on his Lordship winning it. James BULMER Senior died on February 16th, 1911 and was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard. He shares a grave with his father.


1830 · Francis CRIMLIS(K) · 786 Crimlisk G642

There is a photograph of Francis and a family tree here.

1768 · Dorothy GRINDALE

Baptised in Folkton, five miles from Filey, she is “Dolly” and only has her father for company on the Shared Tree.

Thirty years earlier, John GRINDALL, son of William, was baptised at Filey St Oswald’s. On Filey Genealogy & Connections as John Grindale, this man married Elizabeth REYNOLD in Folkton. Whether or not this makes a family unit, the trail has gone cold from here. I wonder what happened to them.

1856 · Thomas Jennings KNAPTON & Editha Sarah Ann FOSTER · 985 Harland C37

It appears that Editha was named after her maternal grandmother, but FamilySearch prefers both women to be “Edith”.

1839 · Frederick LORRIMAN · 480 Lorriman G372

1942 · John Webster BULMER · 1849 Bulmer E60

John Webster is not related by blood to “complicated” James.

Townscape 75 · Seafront

The Usual Complaint

[Old News]

Saturday 12 January 1878

Mr AUTON drew attention to the slow progress of the kerbing and also asked if Mr Hobson and Mr VARLEY had seen about a piece of ground for the stabling and sanitary soil.-Mr ROBSON replied that Mr Varley had been busy and had not had an opportunity of seeing to the work.-Mr COOK thought they were not tied to a rnonth as to seeing about the ground, &c… but Mr DOWSLAND thought different; he commented severely on the dilatory manner in which some of the members carried out the duties allotted to them; they were always postponing that and the other and the consequence was that they seemed to get nothing done, and they would drive everything until next summer—like the asphalting was left a short time ago.   He was sorry the clerk was ill, he had neglected his duty by not taking down the full details of the minutes and likewise in not sending the papers he had received about the sanitary cart and patent sweeping brush. Moreover, he had not appointed anyone to act in his place as secretary. He concluded by proposing that the resignation of the Inspector of Nuisances be accepted.-Mr Auton seconded the resolution which was carried unanimously.

The Scarborough Mercury

William Williamson AUTON Painter, Plumber, Glazier MP26-VNQ

John Binnington ROBSON Chemist & Land Agent KFLW-2W4

John COOK, Tailor & Draper [not found]

James VARLEY, Hotel Keeper & Wine Merchant MGZT-F6Z

Welborn DOWSLAND, Grocer MG8K-GXW & MG82-YH6

Mr Hobson not found


1789 · John CRAWFORD · K24D-1DF

1791 · Ellis GLAVES · 996 Foster D53

1791 · Thomas PETTY MJDY-755 and Hannah HALL ·  MJDY-7R4  

Also Hannah Baptism

1985 · John Alaric SHEPHERD

John was born in Port Clarence, County Durham, and died aged 85 just a few miles away in Stockton on Tees. His father hailed from Filey Parish (Lebberston) and his grandfather John from Hunmanby. John Shepherd is on the Shared Tree but currently, his six children with first wife Margaret BINSLEY have been given to second wife Margaret BENDELOW. I have created an ID for Tom but will have to deal with the marriages, and John Alaric, another time.

1949 · Florence BINDOFF · 1902 Colling E97

In loving memory of GEORGE COLLING, died 16th May 1941, aged 64.

‘Thy will be done’

Also of his wife, FLORENCE COLLING, died 10th Jan 1949, aged 70.

‘At rest’

Abstract 86 · Another Mudscape

Just Say No

Plandemic 3

Old News

The Wall

from The Scarborough Mercury
Friday 11 January 1884

Meeting of the Local Board

An adjourned meeting of the Filey Local Board was held in the Boardroom on Wednesday. All the members were present. A letter was read from Mr T. R. Cammish, collector, resigning his office on account of ill-health, the resignation was accepted, Mr D’Honge presented the plans for the new sea barrier and fore­shore which were approved, and tracings were ordered to be sent to each of the property owners adjoining the proposed road.

Friday 11 January 1895

Filey · Events of the Week

There is little of interest to write about this week. Filey in common with other places is labouring under that dull and uneventful period that follows the Christmas festival. Of course, there have been the usual large number of parties, and in the near future at least two balls are to take place. This will gratify a certain circle, but what is wanted for the many is something in the way of work. The money that was brought into the town during last winter, when the sea wall was in course of construction, is sorely missed, and many will rejoice if at an early date a commencement is made with the new drainage works, the money for which has now been borrowed. It will be a great pity if this work is not commenced and finished before another season is upon us. Let the new Council see to it and have the money spent at the time of the year when it is most needed.


Another day of falling way short on Anniversary work. I didn’t get close to knowing if my “picks” were inspired. None of the chosen has family names in the Thousand Most Common on the Surname Map I have found online. And I had time to find only one of the six had a FamilySearch ID.

1863 · Thomas WELBURN · LVFD-HZ1

Thomas didn’t arrive alone this day but his twin sister didn’t stay long. Elizabeth Ann doesn’t yet appear on the Shared Tree. (And he only had one brother called George.)

There are over a hundred people with the Welburn name on Filey Genealogy & Connections. The family ranks 62. The aforementioned website says Welburns are found in 703 places in the UK. It is safe to say that the family is over-represented in Filey. The map extract below doesn’t support this assertion, offering instead a sizeable gathering a few miles north in Scarborough. Find the complete map here.

1852 · Jane Elizabeth LIGHTFOOT

 Forty-one people are on FG&C (Rank 215) and individuals found in 3,011 UK places. Jane reached adulthood and worked as a dressmaker.

1871 · John Foster ARTLEY & Hannah Dorsdale FRANKISH

In my RootsMagic database, John Foster is only two years old when he married Hannah. I was keen to correct this error but didn’t find the time!

1892 · Digby Strangeways WRANGHAM

How could I not pick this fellow? I know very little about the family but I think they held land and titles in various parts of the country. There was a “Hunmanby branch” but I am not aware of it having much to do with Filey. Digby was the Vicar of Darrington (Pontefract) and died aged sixty. He wrote a number of books and had three children with Agnes Augusta RAIKES.

1874 · Rachel Johnson EXLEY

Rachel was six months old when she was buried in St Oswald’s churchyard, in an unmarked grave. She had four older siblings but FG&C has little to say about them.

Abstract 85 · Mudscape

Pulling Rank

My chosen few today turned out to be an awkward bunch. The born and the buried took a lot of sorting out. I have had to neglect the others. I’ll list them anyway and if you, dear reader, have any information to share…


1904 · Geoffrey OTLEY

Geoff was born in Filey but his family came to the coast from Sheffield. His father was a Dispensing Chemist and Geoff seems to have followed him into the business. Kath was unsure of his wife’s maiden surname but appended this note on Filey Genealogy & Connections –

Geoff fell in love with her when they were walking in the mountains. He thought there was no-one like her.

They married in Cockermouth in 1936 so – Lake District mountains fit the bill.

1816 · Margaret SHIPPEY · MGCB-H9V

“SHEPPEY” on FamilySearch, Margaret married into the family of “the first Filey Jenkinson”. Husband Matthew drowned in the Boston Deeps aged 32. Margaret raised their five children, worked as a nurse and died aged 79 in 1895.

1779 · William FOSTER and Jane HUTCHINSON

William has several FamilySearch IDs but none place him with Jane. Their descendants do not appear to have had large families – and most lived in the parish but outside of town. There’s a lot of work to do to bring them all together.

1970 · Hannah Margaret GOUNDRILL · 1884 Goundrill F109

1827 · Matthew BRUMPTON · 265 Brumpton G187

Two or three instances of “Matthew BROMPTON” have to be merged.

Mark of Man 80 · Scarborough

Spa Concerts

Name, Rank and Number

The connections of today’s six anniversary people to Filey are somewhat tenuous, prompting me to consider the numbers in town families. I am adding the Filey Genealogy & Connections Rank Number of each family name to the headers below.


1886 · William Smith OVERY · GDKT-C4J · =175

Charles OVERY and Sarah Elizabeth CAMMISH had eight children who reached adulthood and married. Missing on the FamilySearch Shared Tree this morning was William Smith, their ninth and last child, who didn’t make it to his first birthday. Their first child had been born after Charles returned from the Arctic.

1848 · Katherine Elizabeth PETCH · MMYZ-RSB · =856

Kate was born in Bury St Edmunds and died in Brighton. She may never have visited Filey but I am sure she knew about the place. In 1871 she Married William HUCKS and their ninth child, Bentfield Charles, was an early aviator of some renown. (See The Three Marine Engineers.)

1877 · Henry David BICKNELL · L7T1-39H · =2583 and Edith Collinson LAMMIN · =934

On Filey Genealogy & Connections, Henry is a BRICKNELL and, either way, the only representative bearing the family name. William Henry and Eliza née DAVISON, curiously, named their three daughters twice. For example, some vital records show Edith Collinson Lammin LAMMIN. There must be a reason.

The pedigree is not extensive on Filey Genealogy & Connections and I could find no sign of anyone living in the town. But Edith’s younger sister, Evelyn Louise Lammin LAMMIN, died in Scarborough and her youngest son by John Henry MOODY gave a place on one of Titanic’s lifeboats to a fellow officer.

1979 · Sidney Ernest HILLYARD · K2VM-5ZS · =1438

Sidney was born in Barmston and found his wife in Filey. His three children with Norah Elizabeth COOPER were baptised in St Oswald’s. He died aged 94 and his ashes were buried at Woodlands, Scarborough.

1878 · George TEMPLE · LDTQ-KJB · =66

George’s grave in St Oswald’s churchyard has not been recorded by either the Crimlisks of the East Yorkshire Family History Society.

Path 164 · Primrose Valley

See the old path, from a slightly different position, 9 January 2020


I am enjoying the search for information about Anniversary People, but it is more labour intensive than I expected. I’ll stick with it for a while longer.


1876 · George Mainprize HEPTON · L5JQ-VQ1

George was a third great-grandson of the first Filey JENKINSON – William (1721-1762). The child died at seven months. About a year later, parents Francis and Mary welcomed another boy into the world and gave him the names George Mainprize. George the Second lived for just a few weeks.

Note: William Jenkinson is a wrong ‘un on FamilySearch. The first Filey Mrs Jenkinson was born Mary CAPPLEMAN in 1721. She married her Mr Right married in Hornsea in 1848.

1863 · Francis Edmund HANSON · 842 Hanson G700

Frank was a cousin of the Hepton boys (above), another descendant of “the first Filey Jenkinson”. Both of his parents died when he was seven or eight years old and the 1881 census indicates that his grandmother, Mary Chew née JENKINSON, raised the three Hanson orphans. She outlived two of them. Frank married Mary Jane COWLING in 1891 and died three years later. Mary Jane was a widow for 55 years.

1927 · Albert Noel SHAKESBY & Eleanor Pearl DANBY

Albert Noel was the son of “Street Arab”, fairground boxer, rescuer of damsels and Primitive Methodist preacher Albert Edward Shakesby. The son seems to have lived a more retiring life. I will add him to the Shared Tree as soon as I can – and Eleanor Pearl, daughter of Amos DANBY.

1956 · Robert Edward CAMMISH · 1812 Cammish E47

1885 · Ann ALDERSON · 738 Alderson G605a


1985 Coalbrookdale


At the edge of Oilhouse Coppice goldfinches erupt from a bush like Roman Candles and settle further along the path only to burst out again. A wagtail bobs at the edge of the New Pool, a kingfisher bullets low over the ice. Breughel magpies fly up into the white-limbed trees.

Camera Man. After lunch into the snow. A world of monochrome, so, when I reached the field corner I photographed a few days ago I wanted Tri X or XP1, I wanted my darkroom already, wanted to be making fine (great) prints on Ilford Galerie. Dreamer. Followed a fox’s footsteps down the apple path.

Camera Man by John Gale. Started reading this novel, published after suicide. A good man. Travels with a Son, read ten years ago, still with me. The same John Gale who provided a byline for Don McCullin reportage – words! – so that the photographer could return to the country [that was] being slagged off. Twenty pages in it seems too loose to be a good read. A chapter of Ina Taylor’s Edith Holden book disappointing too. But then, all day my attention has wandered. The news pages of the Sunday Times couldn’t hold me at all.

Abstract 84 · Tidelines

Five Weeks of Covid

Worldometer has more Covid data and graphs than you could ever want or need.

The NHS in the UK comes under pressure every winter but the super-transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19 disease has sent the number of “cases” skyrocketing recently.

So many nurses and doctors are “off sick” that a few army personnel have been drafted into some hospitals that find themselves in crisis.

There is good news. Omicron is not as lethal as its Delta predecessor.

If Omicron really is a thing and responsible for the majority of cases now, it certainly looks mild.


1875 · Arthur Horatio GELL · GDHN-P7H

See Billy-Boy and the Billiard Marker

1817 · Eleanor RUDSTON · MG65-WVD

Eleven people are remembered on plaques attached to the walls of the Rudston Memorial in St Oswald’s churchyard and Eleanor isn’t one. It is possible that she isn’t connected by blood to them but I would be surprised if the children of her sister Emily and the Reverend John Henry BROWN didn’t call her Aunt Eleanor. A Blue Hint on the Shared Tree points to Eleanor marrying Robert BROWN.

1790 · Thomas CLARKE & Elizabeth COATES

The couple married in Norfolk and it took several generations before a descendant made their way to Filey and “married in”. I haven’t yet found Thomas and Elizabeth on the Shared Tree.

1839 · William AGAR · 25 Agar A9

William was only 28 when he drowned. He may have been master of a ship lost on a coastal voyage from London to Shields because his wife of Elizabeth was with him. A reader of the old blog led me to this intriguing newspaper snippet –

1916 · Jefferson BLADES · 1503 Blades D299


1991 Coalbrookdale


Murky waves surged onto a narrow beach of filthy stones. Would Jean come out here with my father’s metal detector and hunt for Roman coins? A strong sun glared off the wide river. Entered the odd world of Independent magazines for much of the journey, occasionally surfacing to be repelled by hideous winter landscapes in Sheffield, Birmingham, Dudley. Two of the trains were fifteen minutes late but there was no sign of impatience in any waiting passenger. Uniform dull acceptance. It’s what everyone expects. I guess the country faces the approach of war with similar bovine stupidity. (Not long now, Saddam.)

An American nun with a handsome set of luggage filled the door approaching Telford. “Is this Wellington?” she asked as the train slowed. “No, this is Telford Central; Wellington is the next stop.” She made way for me. “Good job you asked,” I smiled. As I got out I heard her ask someone else, “Is Wellington the next stop?” My suitcase may be battered cardboard but I’m a truthful chap. (Whatever happened to vows of poverty anyway?)

Beach 153 · Filey Sands

Pampletine Cliffs, Arndale & the Yacht Club