Re-visiting St Gregory’s

29 June 2019

If I come through the pandemic, I‘ll go back to St Gregory’s Minster and photograph some stone inscriptions

This morning I added some folk to the Coxwold/Skiplam BARWICK family. John Foster of that ilk received his middle name from Ann FOSTER (see March 2nd post, Smith & Barwick). Ann seems to have been an only child and was christened at St Gregory’s on 15 October 1830. Her parents, John and Dinah (MOON) had been married in this church on 7 February that year. John was christened there on 2 August 1802 and Dinah at the same font about two years earlier than that.

Some sources give Dinah’s birthplace as Kirkdale, others as Bransdale. Several long valleys wend their way southward from the plateau of the North York Moors. Bransdale is the upper section of the valley that “becomes” Kirkdale.

Ann was probably born at Lund Head, where her parents farmed a hundred acres or so for most of their married life. John died at the farm aged 53 in 1856; Dinah in 1863 aged 63. Both are buried in St Gregory’s churchyard.

Dinah was living at Lund Head in 1861 with Ann, son in law William Francis Barwick, and four grandchildren, including John Foster, then aged 5. Also resident were seven servants, four indoor and three out. There was also an intriguing visitor, Robert AUDAER, a 30-year-old widower described as a “retired farmer”. He was living at the farm in 1841, aged 10, the same age as Ann, with no indication of relationship to head of household John Foster. Aged 20 and unmarried, he is enumerated in 1851 at Lund Head, without occupation and described as John and Dinah’s nephew. His unusual last name is transcribed as “ANDER” but he married Elizabeth GRIFFIN in 1856 as “AUDAER”. The union was registered in Banbury, Oxfordshire, where Elizabeth died aged 30 just two years later. (Robert was the son of John Foster’s older sister Betty. He doesn’t appear to have a place on the Shared Tree yet but you can find his parents here. (Another St Gregory’s wedding.)

John Foster Barwick married Hannah Eleanor COLLEY in March 1881 and ten years later they were farming Lund Head, assisted by two live-in labourers and a 16-year-old nurse to help with five children aged one to eight.

Here is a satellite view of Lund Head Farm and St Gregory’s.


Geograph has a photograph of the track leading to the farm.

On the Shared Tree at the moment, Ann Foster is waiting for her husband to show up. (John has a different ID to the one on sister Betty’s screen.)

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