Last Week’s Warmth

Seven days ago I posted a Climate Reanalyzer screenshot of the temperature anomalies expected around Europe on the first day of 2022. In Durham Tees, the highest mean temperatures were recorded on the last two years of 2021 and New Year’s Day. (That is, days 2 to 4 of Week Five of the current meteorological year.)

The effect of just three days of unseasonal warmth is clearly shown by the calculated Warming Rate below.

(The years 2017/18 to 22020/21 provide the 4-year average.)

A Warming Rate of almost 60 may seem extreme but one IPCC unit is only 0.02174 of a degree Centigrade. The mean temperature above Pre-Industrial rose from 1.55°C in Week 4 to 2.39 degrees last week.

A Great 2022



1865 · Mary Ann LANE · 1763 Jenkinson F27

1833 · Charlotte EMPTAGE · 34 Fox A1

Emptages of Thanet

Sandra’s Genealogy Website

1891 · Arthur Nevile COOPER & Maude NICHOLSON · 1632 Cooper D388

When Arthur wrote his letter to the newspaper in 1882 (yesterday’s post), his future wife was thirteen years old – the elder daughter of his hostess on “Treat Day”, Mrs Nicholson.

Search online for Arthur Nevile to get plenty of hits – though most people (myself included) have fallen for “Neville” on occasion.

1891 · Thomas Norfolk JACKSON · MZT9-FR7

Thomas Norfolk was Vicar of Filey before Arthur Nevile and is notable, for now at least, of siring Andrew Jackson of Fayette, Kentucky. Out of wedlock. His legitimate children need work too.

1932 · Thomas MARRINER · MGKS-PJB · 1770 Marriner E26

Thomas was born in Hutton Buscel and buried ninety years ago in St Oswald’s churchyard. I will marry him to Hannah Maria as soon as I can.

Measure of Man 69 · Wish Fulfilment

Mercury’s Buttocks, Italian Gardens, Scarborough


I wrote a post about Annie WHITAKER at the beginning of last year (Mrs Nicholson Does Good). Her daughter Maude married the Vicar of Filey, Arthur Nevile COOPER in 1891. A local story has it that Maude faced competition from an older woman for Arthur’s affections. Elinor CLARKE, the town’s wealthiest resident, is said to have built Northcliffe House (Today’s Image) in the hope that it would tempt the vicar into matrimony.

It was perhaps Maude’s youth that won the cleric’s heart – she was almost 20 years his junior and 27 years younger than her rival.

I photographed the couple’s grave in May 2017.


Arthur had been Vicar of Filey for over fifty years. The next time I saw the church open for visitors I went in to express my sadness and disappointment at the neglect of his last resting place. Rev Paul went into action immediately and did some initial “groundwork”, but the task was too big for him. Last week I noticed someone putting finishing touches to the raised headstone. I went over to thank him for his efforts and received a guided tour to other stones he has restored to something like their former glory. As an employee of the Probation Service, Paul has managed his community service labour force and limited funding for materials to work wonders at Dean Road in Scarborough – and now at Filey.


I have added some information to the Cooper/Nicholson tree today.

Elinor’s pedigree is somewhat neglected on FamilySearch. No photographs of her have surfaced yet but here is a portrait of the vicar at 62, taken by the Rev STANWELL and kindly made available to the Looking at Filey blog by Ann Wilkie (WILLIS).