*Midgley of East Riding Yorkshire*
*Note: The 'Ridings', or 'Trithings' which had existed from Anglian times were abolished late last century  and replaced with names such as Humberside, East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire, at the same time the boundaries, much to the consternation of true Yorkshire people, were rearranged. The region in question along with Northumberland was held for many centuries by the powerful baronage of De Percy. The De Percy's held huge swathes of land in the East Riding attested to by the many places named after them.They held the earldom of Northumberland and retained lands in the 'Bruce Fee' until 1314 when King Robert Bruce, by defeating the English army under Edward II, had his lands in England forfeited.
|Barmby on the Marsh
||Lutton's Ambo [East
& West Lutton],Duggleby I, Acklam.
Huntington, Acaster Malbis.
|Sheriff Hutton, Strensall,
||City of York
Jonathan Midgley d.1712 was an attorney at law and three times mayor of Beverley. Jonathan Midgley of Beverley is mentioned as part of a pedigree by Ralph Thoresby found in Ducatus Leodiensis . He was the son of Richard Midgley, grandson of John Midgley, great-grandson of Richard Midgley of Breary [Breary Hall near Bramhope] and gr-gr grandson of Edward Midgley of Midgley near Halifax. It may be his son, also named Jonathan whose tablet and obelisk with an urn dated 1788 are found in Brandesburton Church, [NE of Beverley] E.R.Y.
The Midgley name appears
to have ended in Jonathan of Beverley's line but continued in Samuel of
Alwoodley and Ann Scaife.
The 'Breragh' mentioned in Catherine Middleton's Lupton pedigree and the 'Brerehagh' in Thoresby's Ducatis is Breary Hall nr. Bramhope:7
NORWOOD HOUSE BEVERLEY
Jonathan had Norwood House built about 1760. " It was designed by Thomas Atkinson of York, one of the leading Yorkshire architects in the reign of George III. Together with the gardens and grounds it has been described by the Garden History Society as a very good example of a gentleman's residence and mini-estate.
The house contains various architecturally important features including a fine staircase, plasterwork on walls and ceilings, fireplaces and original woodwork. The exterior is notable for its elegant facade of attractive brickwork, stone dressings and ornamentation. The garden to the rear of the house still exists in its original form, including a ha ha separating the lawns from the rest of the grounds. In 1907 Norwood House was purchased by the East Riding County Council from the owners at that time, the Broadley family, for use as a school. The Beverley High School for Girls opened in 1908 with Norwood House forming a major part of the school's accommodation. It was used as classrooms, staff living accommodation, boarding pupils' dormitories, library, kitchen and school dining room. This usage continued, with some modifications (boarding had ceased by the end of World War II although some staff members continued to live in Norwood House for some years afterwards) and the library continued to be used by the school until the autumn of the year 2000 when that function transferred to the new resource centre which had been built between Norwood House and the main school building."
THE HISTORY OF NORWOOD HOUSE BEVERLEY
"Norwood House Beverley was built in the 1700's for Jonathan Midgley - Attorney, Alderman and three times Mayor of Beverley. Norwood House passed to the Beverley family through Mary Beverley (nee Midgley) and it remained in this family's possession until 1833. In 1834 Norwood House was sold to Henry Broadley (MP for the east Riding) and remained used by his family until his death in 1851 after which time the property was rented to various tenants as detailed below. In 1907 the then East Riding County Council purchased the property from the Broadleys to be used for a school. The Grade 1 listed House and Gardens are a perfect example of a mini-estate with much of the original layout of the grounds and walks remaining as detailed in Burroughs map of the mid 18th Century."
The Building is of "red brick with painted stone dressings. Centre
block under a wide pediment and 2 low angle wings terminating in
small square pavilions to form forecourt. Centre block of 3 storeys,
5 windows wide. Ground floor faced in rusticated stone. Centre door
has vermiculated rustication to architrave and other member, plain
consoles, pulvinate frieze, 3 key blocks, cornice with bad mould broken
over consoles, 8-panel door and fanlight. 2 elaborate contemporary wrought
iron lamp brackets. 1st floor moulded cill string with balusters inset
under each window. Centre window has stone architrave broadening out
at base and resting on stone plinths to form a composition with the doorway
beneath. It is crowned by pulvinate frieze and cornice. Other 1st floor
windows have gauged brick arches surmounted by light stone cornices.
2nd floor windows have stone cills and gauged arches. Block bracketed
crowning cornice in wood. Full width triangular pediment contains a cartouche
framing a bull's eye. From this pediment husks trail down to the cornice.
3 plinths to pediment, possibly originally supporting urns now missing.
I side wing has been completely rebuilt, the other to the west of 1
storey has 2 windows facing south and east respectively, set in arched
recesses. Stone string and moulded cope to parapet, with balusters inset
over the windows, stone base. Terminal pavilion of 2 storeys has Venetian
window in stone set in recessed arch facing east into the forecourt.
1 plain window in arched recess faces south. Stone string and base. Roof
hipped to centre is slated and has been raised 3 feet with little disfigurement.
Garden front is a simpler version of south front with wood cornice, fine
stone doorcase and an elaborate glazed door. Library block of about. 1825,
built for William Beverley, the fittings being of Grecian style. Interior:
possesses a fine staircase with carved tread ends, and some notable stucco
work and Chimneypieces. The Drawing Room has an important Rococo ceiling
based on Colon Campbell's design for a ceiling for Compton Place, Eastbourne.
Palladian' overdoor and marble mantel with stucco overmantel containing
a composition of cherubs' heads. The stucco work is in the style of Joseph
Page of Hull. The doorcases are derived from a plate in Kent's 'Designs
of Inigo Jones'. A remarkable house of modest dimensions.
BEVERLEY, NORWOOD, (north-west side)
Gates, gate piers and railings to Norwood House 2 pairs of stone gate piers of c .1780, rusticated and with square crowning blocks, oval modillions inset, and supporting enriched balls on moulded bases, ball finials to eastern piers missing at time of resurvey. Good wrought iron railings and 2 pairs of gates.
Residents of Norwood House
1765 - 1778 Jonathan Midgley, Attorney, Alderman and Mayor of Beverley 1752, 1766 and 1774.
1778 - 1791 Mary Midgley (widow of Jonathan)
1791 - 1794 Mr. Jones (tenant)
1795 - 1834 William Beverley (father was related to George Washington, first president of the United States of America, by marriage) J.P., Mayor of Beverley
1806 - 07 and Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding.
1834 - Sold to Henry Broadley, MP for the East Riding.
1838 - 1851 Sophia Broadley (sister to Henry)
1851 - 1867 Charles Reynard - Second son of the Reynards of Sunderlandwick Hall, Driffield (Landowner and Gentleman)
1867 - 1879 William Young, Corn Merchant of Bedale, North Yorkshire.
1879 - 1889 Captain Edward Hill, Merchant and Shipowner.
1889 - 1904 Charles Newbald, Shipping Manager for Wilson Shipping Co.
1905 - 1906 Countess of Ravensworth (of the Denman Family)
1907 - 2002 Norwood House and its 12 acres of gardens became vacant in 1906 and was purchased from Col. Harrison Broadley for £5,000 on 13th April,
1907 - by East Riding County Council. On the
23rd September, 1908 at 8:50am Norwood House was opened as Beverley
High School for Girls.
In 2002 a campaign was begun to raise £2m to save Norwood House.
Norwood "belongs to the age of the Prince Regent, Brighton Pavilion
and masked balls". But after being vacated by Beverley High School
the Grade 1 listed building faced an uncertain future as it rapidly
Jonathan Midgley Esq. of Beverley also purchased Lissett containing 1,150
acres of land along with Ribston Hall. This along with Norwood
House later passed by marriage into the Beverley family who in 1836
conveyed Lissett to Joseph Dent Esq.
BEVERLEY CORPORATION MINUTE BOOK 1707 - 1835
10 October 1720 (M. Jonathan Midgley) The Archbishop of York to be asked to appoint a time when “some of this Body” may wait upon him.
21 August 1721 “Mrs Mayoress” (Mrs Jonathan Midgley) desired to take upon herself the trouble of managing and providing “against Thursday sevenight” the ten pounds given by Sir Michael Warton to the Chamber for a treat.
23 October 1723 The M., R., and three others desired to wait on Mr Moyser to consider the dispute between York and Beverley about tolls; Mr Midgley appointed the attorney in the cause and to have leave to inspect the charters.
5 December 1737 At the request of Alderman Midgley, it is conceded that Jonathan Midgley, one of the Attorneys of the Court of Common Pleas at Westminster, shall be admitted one of the Attorneys of the Court of Record held before the M. and A., vice his father.
3 December 1750 Lease of the Trinities to Ald. Midgley for 21 years at £4 10s p.a., the tenant to keep the pest house in repair.
15 July 1751 Ald. Midgley to acquaint Mr Constable that the Corporation cannot comply with the terms of his letter re the repairs of Hull Bridge Road.
7 January 1754 (D.M. Jonathan Midgley) The Corporation Arms to be fixed in front of the Shambles and executed by Jeremiah Hargraves, “the carver,” who agrees to do the work for seven guineas.
16 March 1761 Certain Aldermen named to have leave to take the town charters to lay before Mr Emmanuel Jefferson of Howden with respect to Beverley burgesses’ freedom from toll, and recording that a lawsuit is now pending with Jefferson in respect of tolls demanded from Beverley burgess at Howden market and fair; further ordered that Ald. Midgley, appointed attorney in the cause, be empowered to effect a compromise if necessary, on Jefferson executing a proper instrument paying his own costs and recognising Beverley freemen’s right of exemption from tolls.
19 January 1764 The M. to have permission to take the seal to his own house for the C.S. to be affixed to a petition on the turnpike roads mentioned above.
Notwithstanding the order relative thereto, Ald. Midgley authorised to make the best terms he can between Atkinson, the Vicar of Hollym, and the parishioners.
13 October 1766 (M. Jonathan Midgley, D.M. Wm Waines) Reciting
that any sheep “belonging to neighbouring towns” and depastured
on Westwood or Hurn to be impounded at 3d per head (half to the P.M.s
and half to the person bringing in the sheep).
A Richard Midgley is recorded as having a son, Richard, ch.at Sheriff Hutton on the11th April 17343 He had a son, Richard, christened 20th February 1769 who married Hannah Nicols and moved to Kirby Grindalythe where they had ten children, Richard was the parish clerk. Another Richard Midgley married an Elizabeth Luddrington at Sheriff Hutton in 1772 and had four children who were born at Foston by Malton. One of these was also called Richard and he married Jane Watson at Middleton on the Wolds. They had seven children, the last being born a few months after his death in Strensall where they had lived for a few years judging by the birth places of the children.
1. William Watson Midgley, born 19th February 1809 in Market Weighton. He became a smith and farrier at Sheriff Hutton.
2. William Midgley and Jane_______
who married and had two children:
i) Wilson Midgley ch. 19th December 1852 at Sheriff Hutton.
ii) William Thomas Midgley ch. 6th August 1848 at Sheriff Hutton.
3. Mark Midgley b. 15th June 1813 at Strensall,
he became a tailor. He had four sons born in Pocklington:
i) John who became a house painter,
iii) Mark who became a photographer in York
iv) Charles who worked as a stone mason.
4. Samuel Midgley b. 1814 at Strensall ch.
6th October 1814, d. 1900 at Normanton.
bur. Masbrough near Sheffield. His wife was Sarah Wright who also came from Strensall but they were married at Linton-on-Ouse. Samuel and Sarah had six children:
William Midgley, the eldest, born 1st April
1839 at Kelfield, [north of Selby] East Riding.
He became a police superintendant for the West Riding Police Division. Superintendant Midgley lived at 1,Grove Street, Dewsbury in 1898. He is recorded in the 1881 census as an Inspector of Police at Normanton. He had a number of postings throughout Yorkshire [from the 1881 census of the childrens birthplaces]
He married Elizabeth Lee about 1869 . Elizabeth was born abt. 1839 at Weldale They had three children:
|i) [Capt.] Frederick William
Lee Midgley b. 29th November 1876, Wetherby, d. 15th June 1955
at 43 Bramcote Gardens, Bromborough, Cheshire. Married Mary Lucy
Scott on the 22nd March 1904 in Church of St. Phillip [?], Sheffield6.
Mary was the daughter of Robert Scott and Mary_______. Mary was born
abt. 1875 in Sheffield, Yorkshire and died abt. 1963.
Frederick was an apprentice between 1898 and 1899, then second mate Alcedo Square Rig, 2309 tons, No. 99331. On the 16th June 1899 he lived at 29, Upper Pitt St., Liverpool, possibly in lodgings. He was an apprentice for a Master's Certificate6.
Other information: Dark complxion, brown eyes, tatoo on his left forearm.
Occupation at 19th November 1900, Masters Cert. No. 034281 issued6.
Frederick and Mary had two children:
a] Nora Lucy Midgley b. 21st December 1908, 32, Rosedale St., Tranmere, d. 3rd Nov. 1998, Wirral, Cheshire.
b] Ronald Midgley, b. abt. 1905.
ii) Samuel Roger Midgley b. abt. 1870.
iii) Theresa Gertrude Midgley b. abt. 1871, married Dr. Dudley Garrett [of West Town, Dewsbury] on the 14th February 1901 at Cowley, Keighley. At Theresa's wedding Florence Mary Midgley is mentioned as a wedding guest, also Miss Annie Garrett of Leicester and Mr. T. Smart of Leicester.[Florence M. Midgley born abt. 1883 is also mentioned as a household guest in the 1881 census, also at the household were Samuel Roger Midgley born abt. 1870 at Rotherham, Theresa J. Midgley born 1871 at Otley, and Frederick, William Midgley born abt. 1886, Wetherby].
iv) Charles Augustus. Midgley, born either
abt. 1890 or 18782, Charles joined the Royal Navy. He
married Marguerite Emily Simpson [of Niddville, Knaresborough] on
23rd June 1906 [or York abt. 1879]6
v) Harold Edward Midgley b. abt. 1880. In the 1901 census he was living at 1, Grove St., Dewsbury.
iii). [Rev]. J. N. Midgley. Appears to have changed his surname to "Lee" which was his mothers maiden name.
5. Jane who lived at Easingwold
7. Mary who was born postumously and christened 7th July 1820. [Richard being buried 2nd April 1820]
8. James Midgley. Five years after Richard's death, Jane [Watson] Midgley gave birth to James Midgley at Appleton-le-moors, near Lastingham [christened 18th Jan 1825] then moved back to Strensall and later managed the Crown and Cushion public house in Sheriff Hutton.
James worked on farms at Strensall and Sheriff Hutton and then became a tenant farmer at Birks Farm, Buttercrambe [near Stamford Bridge]. There used to be a castle with moat at Buttercrambe but only the motte survives.
James married Ruth Lockwood. Ruth's mother was Hannah Midgley who lived at Kirby Grindalythe in the Yorkshire Wolds, on part of the Sledmere Estate and was daughter of Richard Midgley, the parish clerk. James and Ruth had 13 children:
xii)Caroline, Carrie of Birk's Farm [now called Birk House], Buttercrambe.
xiii)George- took over Birk's Farm on James, his father's death.
For a photograph of the Midgley's of East Yorkshire at a 1910 wedding
contact Kath Bonson.
The photograph is dated by Kath from her great aunt Marjorie (born 1906) who was one of the bridesmaids and her brothers who are sat at the front. Kath's great grandfather and grandmother are also there:
1 = Marjorie Humphries Midgley (great aunt) born 1906
2 = George Midgley (great grandfather) born 1873 a farmer at Birks farm, Buttercrambe
3 = Harold Midgley (great uncle) born 1901
4 = Elizabeth Rose Midgely (nee Humphries - great grandmother) born 1867
5 = Oswald Midgley (great uncle) born in 1899
6 = Hubert Midgley (great uncle) born in 1903
Threshing Day at Birks Farm, 1890's
nee Midgley has recently written a book about the Midgleys'
Farming in East Yorkshire from which the above photograph has been
See the full story from the "Yorkshire Post" dated 21st June 2003 kindly sent by Joseph Stocks
Kath Bonson managed to get a publisher for her book on her Grandmother, Daisy Midgley.
It has information about their family including lots of photographs & family trees going back to her grandparents and great grandparents as well as life on the farm at Buttercrambe in the 1920's. 116 pages. 190 photos + other illustrations. Copies are available for £3.75 plus postage. Contact: Kath Bonson for more details.
Ian Powers also has relatives
going back to this area.
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Christopher Mi[t]chelson /Midgeley
bap. Hutton's Ambo 1758. He was known by the names of Midgley
and Mitchelson between 1796 and 1817 before the Midgley name became
entrenched. He married firstly Anne Midgeley [d. 11th December
1796 at Huttons Ambo]. Anne appears to have died early in the marriage.
Christopher may have assumed, from his wife, the name Midgley4.
Secondly he married Mary Layton of Acklam by licence on 8th October 1798.
Hutton's Ambo may have been undergoing enclosure in 1805 so it appears as a result of this that Christopher and Mary moved to Acklam [six miles south of Malton]. David Midgley thinks many of the Acklam and Duggleby census entries were their descendants. Christopher and Mary had at least ten children:
|i) John born 1798/9 died
ii) Elizabeth ["Midgelay"] born 1800 bap. 26th December,
1805.died in infancy
iii) Thomas Born 1802 died in infancy.
iv) Henry born 1805 Hutton's Ambo
v) Thomas born 1807 Acklam [see below]*
vi) Robert born 1810 Acklam
vii) Elizabeth born 1813 Acklam
viii) Jonathon born 1815 Acklam
ix) John born 1818 Acklam
From Hutton's Ambo Parish Register
It may be that the John Midgeley, son of Christopher,
was buried at Acklam in November 1798 at Hutton's Ambo.
Christopher Mitchelson was buried as a Midgeley on the 3rd March 1825, his widow was named Mary Midgeley on the 1841 Acklam census and her death certificate.
There is a record of a Christopher Midgley ch. 23rd August 1851, father Thomas Midgley, mother Ann at Acklam by Malton3.
Thomas Midgley* born Acklam 4th July 1807,
married Ann Pudsey of Thorpe Basssett at St. John's Parish Church,
Acklam 16th August 1829. They were well into their 80's in the
Thomas and Ann had at least ten children all born at Acklam:
|Harriott bap. 1829 died
Mattew born abt. 1833
John born abt. 1835/6 [see below]#
Samuel bap. 1838
Harriott bap. 1840
Hannah born abt. 1842
Jonathan born abt. 1845
Robert born abt. 1848
Christopher born abt. 1851
3. John Midgley# was born at Acklam abt.
1835, the fourth child of Thomas and Ann Midgley. John married Ann Rawling
6th August 1859 at Kirby Grindalythe Parish Church. They settled at Ann's
home village of Duggleby.
|i) Thomas born at Acklam,
and the remaining children were all born at
Duggleby and baptised at the Parish Church of Kirby Grindalythe:
ii) Edith Hannah bap. 1861
iii) Frank bap. 1863
iv) Emma bap.1865
v) Robert Midgley was born in Duggleby 24th November 1868 the fifth child of John and Ann Midgley. Farm Manager. Married Fanny Mook 3rd August 1892 at Bulmer they produced six children, Olive, Stan Cecil, Ida, Donald and Sydney. Robert died in Scarborough.
See David Midgley's web site for more details
vi) Elizabeth born 1871
vii) John William born abt. 1874
viii) Wilson born about 1875
ix) Agnes born abt. 1878
x) Rawling born abt. 1880.
A George Midgley was born Duggleby
1854/5 . George rented land at Langton and Acklam Wold. Married Louis Amy
Nutbrown at Kirkburn 27th March 1885, died 4th March 1912.
|i) Richard born 1886
ii) Albert born 1889
iii) George Wilfrid born 1891
iv) Lois May born 1893
v) Mark born 1900
vi) Eve born 1902
vii) Gladys born 1904
viii) Eva Emily b. 1906
ix) Tom born 25th May 1908 a farmer, who retired at age 88 in 1997. Tom had two books written about him, he spent his life farming in the Yorkshire Wolds.
For 1892 a Francis Midgley is described as a farmer and valuer in West Hutton5.
See David Midgley's web site for more details
David Patterson, brought
up in Norton, Malton & now living in Leeds is the son of Anne
Patterson, whose mother was the sister of Flora Midgley of Acklam,
David's great great aunt. David's mother
supplied pictures for Tom Midgley's two books on Wolds Farming
Does anyone know anything of the brothers of Flora Midgley, especially about one who went under mysterious circumstances to Canada , enlisted in the Canadian Army and unfortunately was killed on the Somme.
Contact: David Patterson, Leeds. [sorry David, I've misplaced your email address]
From the I.G.I. he was christened 6th August 1876 at St. Leonard's, New Malton, father: Mark Midgley Mother: Mary.
From the 1881 census:
Dwelling: Unitarian Chapel Yard
Census Place: New Malton, York, England
Source: FHL Film 1342161 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4812 Folio 15 Page 21
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Mark MIDGLEY M 29 M Duggleby, York, England
Occ: Ag Labr
Mary H. MIDGLEY M 27 F Malton, York, England
Thomas MIDGLEY 4 M Malton, York, England
This appears to be the same family as in the IGI,
note the age of 4 given by his parents for Thomas could make
his birth 1876 or 1877 depending on which half or end of the year
he was born in. The IGI gives his christening as 6 August 1876, the
1881 census was on 31st March thus if his christening was as given he
would have been 4 years and 8 months, his parents probably wrote his
last birthday on the census form i.e. 4 years of age.
Thomas attended Milne School. His father married Mary Wilson who owned a Singer Sewing Machine shop. He ran away to Edinburgh with a friend and joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders serving in the Sudan Campaign of 1898.
He then married Elizabeth Purvey in August 1901 and in later years was a Branch Secretary of the British Legion in Reading.
Contact: Des Rowe
Sue Gabriel has added information to the family of Mark Midgley born at Duggleby in 1852. As mentioned above he married Mary H. Wilson who is a predecessor of the branch of Wilson which produced Harold Wilson, Britain's Labour Prime Minister in the 1960's, later Lord Rievaulx. His son Thomas was christened at St. Leonards, New Malton in 1876.. Thomas was married at Cairo, parish of Alexander, Illinois, U.S.A. to an extraordinarily beautiful American Indian lady [perhaps Elisabeth] who was tall and had blue-black hair.
Sue's elder sibling's knew her as an 'Indian princess'. Thomas met the 'princess' whilst working to help the Illinois Indians at a Jesuit mission. One of Thomas's daughters also married a Canadian Indian who operated from the U.K. during WWII with the Canadian Airforce. Sue is researching Mark's parents.
Contact: Sue Gabriel
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|i) James Edward b. 1909 d. 1989. Married Edith
Annie Mary Wareham. They had six children of whom the eldest two
are fraternal twins.
ii) George b. 1903 d. 1976
iii) Clarence b. 1905 d. 1940
iv) Leonard b. 1907 d. 1992
v) Doris b. 1911 d. 1998
vi) Percy b.1916
vii) Stan b. 1916 [identical twin to Percy]
viii) Emily b.1918 d.1920?
ix) Nora Annie b. 1919
x) Gordon, William
xi) Jack [John?]
Contact: Karen Millar
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Contact: Allen Midgley
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iv) Thomas Arthur m. Irene. Farmed at Hensall and now
lives at Hillam
vi) Robin, still farms at Wigginton.
2) George born 1865 Acaster Malbis [1881- indoor
3) Elizabeth born 1876, Huntington2.
Contact: Thomas Stuart Midgley
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7. Ralph Thoresby. Ducatus Leodiensis, 1715.
8. The Registers of the Parish Church of Adel, in the County of York, from 1606 to 1812, p. 111.
1. Dave Midgley has a detailed website on Midgley's of Hutton's Ambo, Acklam & Duggleby.
3. Wharram Percy
4. The Yorkshire Detective