The Gale at Filey

Saturday 31 January 1863

During the terrific gale of wind, which on Saturday last swept over Filey and the neighbourhood, the little village church of Muston had its heavy lead roof torn off from one end to the other, the lead being deposited across the steeple. In consequence of the rain which afterwards fell passing through the roof, the vicar was obliged to hold divine service in the Schoolroom.

The Scarborough Mercury


1902 Filey · Birth  Rosella Mary EDWARDS is the middle one of five children born to musician Harry Herbert Cullen Edwards and Minnie Gertrudenée CRAWFORD. Minnie’s father is the thrice-married David Dunn Crawford, so I imagined I’d be in for a hard time. Especially with Harry being a minimalist on the Shared Tree.

In 1939, three of the four sisters are living with their widowed mother in Kenmore Avenue, Harrow. They have chosen not to marry. Rosella is a milliner, older sister Violet a “clerk drapery” and Kathleen a shorthand typist. (I am not sure where Minnie Gertrude junior was at the outset of war.)

All five of the Edwards children enjoyed long lives. Their average age at death is 83.6 years. Rosella was 85. She died in Harrow.

When I have time, I will give Lonesome Harry his wife and children, and try to find something about his relatively short life as a musician/professor of music.

1779 Brompton by Sawdon · Baptism  Hannah SMIDDY died at the age of 38 in Wykeham and may never have been to the seaside. She is on FG&C because her son married Jane SOUTHWELL and the marriage of one of their children led to a Filey outrage. I will get to it eventually.

Hannah on the Shared Tree.

1814 West Heslerton · Marriage  Martin BRYAN and Mary LISTER currently have just one child on the Shared Tree but I think they had at least five, and four of them married. From the Hunmanby/Seamer axis, their descendants quite soon moved to Filey and marriages connected them to several of the core fishing families, including the Jenkinsons. This is not obvious when you start here on the Shared Tree but I’ll try to make the necessary connections in the next few weeks.

1928 Gristhorpe Manor · Death  Agnes Elizabeth FRASERmarried William Beswick MYERSin Leeds in 1876. William inherited a title from his uncle, Thomas Keld BESWICK, and changed his name. After his premature death in 1904, Agnes dedicated a window in St Oswald’s church to him.

To the glory of God and in loving memory of WILLIAM BESWICK MYERS-BESWICK of Gristhorpe, died 27th Dec 1904. This window was erected by his wife AGNES AD 1908.

Kath has a note on FG&C that towards the end of her life, she enjoyed going for rides in the car with Albert the chauffeur, known as ‘Faffy’, and on her little ‘dog car’. “The pony which drew the trap also pulled the lawnmower.” This information comes from Diana Beswick’s book on Gristhorpe, pp105-109.

I haven’t found the elevated William Beswick Myers and his wife on the Shared Tree yet. His parents are here.

1871 Filey · Burial  A small obelisk in Filey churchyard remembers nine sailors whose bodies were recovered after the Italian barque Unico was wrecked on Filey Brigg on 16 January. Three named sailors were buried on the 19th and the supposed captain, Angelo DODERO on the 31st. There was one survivor, Litano MACCOUCHI, and Kath notes on FG&C that he “had a story to tell”.

He claimed that the captain was to blame for the disaster because he was drunk and fearful that the mate would tell of his drunken state, shot him through the head. Among the bodies washed ashore was that of the mate, and a bullet hole in his forehead supports the survivor’s story.

Abstract 89 · Manhole Cover

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