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Gallihowe 1932

Gallihowe 1932

Mrs Wilkinson had written on this photograph, that these houses may have been built for the alum managers, now tell me where they were? A hint – this may be the location of Rawcliffe (Rockcliffe) Cottages, situated above Rockcliffe farm, near Street Houses and demolished pre Second World War. Could anybody assist in identifying the residents of the cottages? Following researches the Archive has discovered that in 1939; Elizabeth Nicholson who was born in 1857 was living at Gallihowe Farm and George Nicholson was living at No. 1 Street Houses.

Image courtesy of Mrs E. Wilkinson (via Keith Bowers).

17 comments to Gallihowe 1932

  • ericj

    In the late 1940’s early 1950’s,Betty “GRAVES” lived with her family in the left hand cottage. The small out building was the Wash house, toilet down the field, and a well for water. Myra and Eddie Cross lived next door. The word “HOWE” in Gallihowe is an ancient word for a “GRAVE”. And in the field behind the Cottages was discovered the Anglo Saxon Cemetery containing the “GRAVE” of the Anglo Saxon Princess.

  • David C

    I have a copy of the same picture. My grandfather was born at Gallihow. His parents and paternal grandparents are shown as living there, along with his elder brother, in the 1911 census records. I am not sure when the family moved from Gallihow, but I believe that by the time the photograph was taken my grandfather was working for Mr J Gill at Ellerby.

    My grandfather once said that the building stone from Gallihow was re-used in the construction of a new house somewhere in the North Yorks Moors area. I have no further details, and I am not sure if my grandfather knew any more about this matter.

  • David C

    I also have a copy of a photograph, possibly dating from about 1938, showing ‘the Nicholson family from Gallihowe’. It does not identify where it was taken, but it appears to have been related to my great-great-grandmother’s 80th birthday. It shows her with her seven children, George (my great-grandfather), Jack, William, Maude (aka Shand?), Esther (Cossey), Sally (Dawe) and Elizabeth (Garbutt).

    • George (Don) Nicholson

      Hi David
      I remember visiting my great grandmother
      (bedridden) when I was 8 in 1940. This would tie in with your birthday photo two years earlier and must mean that we in common with Sue Camige share the same ancestor…fascinating would like to hear more.. Don

  • george Don Nicholson

    George Nicholson (b. aug. 1932) now living in Devon; remember visiting Gallihowe in late thirties and meeting my Great Grandma Elizabeth (then bedridden at 80) nee Lyth daughter of Richard (farmer 60 acres at Egton). Great Aunt Ester (my Grandad John maiden sister) was i/c at the time and made us very welcome with a feast to behold including a memorable Yorkshire cheese curd tart.
    In the summer time a cow or cows were kept in the warren (half way down the cliff) a male member of the family lived down with the cows and carried milk up to Gallihowe where it was churned into butter. In about 1940 there was a search-light battery on the cliff, the drinking water was carried in two buckets, they were supported by a wooden yolk 2-300 yards to the farm from an enclosed surface spring.
    I can trace the Nicholsons back to the 18th cent. when there are just too many George Nicholsons living in Whitby all involved with the sea; I have this romantic idea that one of them either sailed with Cook on his epic voyages or at least was involved in the construction of his ship….

  • Don Nicholson

    Don N
    I visited the area ten years ago and spoke to a Mrs Garbut (?) at street Houses, she gave me the name of the builder who bought the stone from Gallihowe but sadly I cant remember.

  • Sue Camidge

    Interesting reading for me, George Nicholson born in the late 1880s at Gallihowe and who later married Clara was my great-grandfather. My grandfather was John Nicholson. Don, we’ve also traced the Nicholsons back a long way, as well as the Lyth family. Clearly we are related!

    • george nicholson

      Hi Sue, my niece has produced a lovely family tree which takes the family back also to the Lyth’s. Was your Grandfather John Richard who farmer a small farm in Ayecliffe in the 30’s?
      I live in Mid-Devon now with my wife, we’re both in our 90’th year but still enjoying life to the full.

  • george don nicholson

    Hi Sue, was your grandfather John Richard Nicholson in the thirties farming in Aycliffe Co DURHAM? I so please get in touch, my wife and I have lived in Devon for the last 50 years.

  • don nicholson

    Hi Sue
    I’m guessing that you must be related to the Caygill branch of the family my Aunt Annie marrying Arthur in 1932. Love to hear more. Don

    • Barbara Whittle

      Hi Cousin Don
      I have been researching the Nicholson family history for some time as well as my niece Susan.
      I called to see Marion and Rosemary a few months ago when we came down your way, we didn’t have your phone number or we would have called. Just came across this web site and what a lovely surprise to find you on it, we will have to swap e mail addresses somehow. Barbara

  • David Camidge

    Hi Don,

    I think we might be experiencing technical problems again. Have you received the e-mails and attachments I sent you over the last ten days?

    All the best,

    David C

  • David Camidge

    Hi Don,

    I think that the precise nature of our familial relationship should be clear from messages and attachments I have sent you during the last week or so. Unfortunately, it appears that the gremlins had been at work again and that you have not received what I have sent. Please e-mail me if you want me to send again the recent information.

    As far as I can work out, your grandfather John (Jack) was my great-grandfather George’s elder brother.

    All the best,

    David C

    • Barbara Whittle

      Hi David
      Following on from Don’s reply, my gfather was John Richard as well, the brother of your GG’father George. My father was Harry the youngest of John Richard/Jennie’s children and Don’s father George the second oldest.
      I also have a copy of that photo showing the 80th birthday family gathering. My father was born in 1921 after they moved from Gallihowe and I don’t know whether he ever went to see it, although if we ever went past on the main road he pointed it out to us. I am still researching the Family History but it becomes harder when you try and get past about 1700, I have visited quite a few places around the area, Westerdale, Danby, Castleton etc, usually churchyards to try and find out more.If you have any more info I would be pleased to hear from you.

  • David Camidge

    Hi Barbara,

    I do not have very much information on the Nicholson family history. I can trace my ancestry back into the Lyth family (my maternal grandparents were second cousins through two Lyth sisters) and thence to the Smallwoods and others. I suspect that parts of our respective family trees form a thicket of recusant branches and twigs.

    I am happy for John Hannah to let you have my e-mail address, although I am not sure what I might be able to add to your knowledge.

    All the best,

    David Camidge

  • David Camidge

    Hi Barbara,

    I think that Don and I have resolved our e-mail issues, so you should be able to reach us directly.

    If you have traced our common Nicholson ancestors back to the early 18th century you are doing better than either Don or I have so far. I can link my grandfather (and grandmother) to the Smallwood family through my Lyth ancestors.

    All the best,

    David Camidge

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