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Little Ouseburn maps

Historic maps of Little Ouseburn and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Little Ouseburn maps

Little Ouseburn photos

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Great Ouseburn| Green Hammerton| Linton On Ouse| Kirk Hammerton| Newton On Ouse| Aldborough| Boroughbridge| Helperby| Kirby Hill| Knaresborough| Skelton-On-Ure| Easingwold| Spofforth

Little Ouseburn area books

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Memories of Little Ouseburn

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Millennium Stone

Village Green c1965, Great Ouseburn
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The large stone in the photograph was used as part of the millennium seat, which is now situated on the village green.

The building to the left of the picture is 'The Forge' - the Swann family have lived here for over 80 years.

The Three Horseshoes

Main Street c1965, Great Ouseburn
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The photo shows the public house 'The Three Horseshoes'. It was one of three pubs in Great Ouseburn, the other two been 'The Bay Horse' & 'The Crown Inn', the latter is the only one remaining as a public house.  

Early Memories

Village Green c1965, Great Ouseburn
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Two of the trees either side of the footpath were planted by me in, I believe, 1953. My family lived in the village and surrounding villages for many years. My Grandparents and subsequently my Aunt & Uncle lived and operated the Toll Gates at Aldwark Bridge, just outside the village. My mother lived on Carr Side in her early life. I moved to the village in 1951, leaving in 1961 but my parents lived there until my mother's death in 1997. They are both buried in the local Churchyard. I attended the village school before going on to King James's Grammar School in Knaresborough in 1953. My two brothers also went to the same schools . My Mother went to King James's many years earlier.

The Langton Family at The Three Horseshoes

Village Green c1965, Great Ouseburn
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My great-great-grandfather, Robert Langton, was born in 1791. He was innkeeper, farrier and farmer (owning 50 acres). It is said he made the first iron plough in Yorkshire. He was gifted with horses. He employed apprentices and journeymen in his business, which we think operated from the Horseshoes. He operated with strict principles and no one was alllowed more than two drinks! His son, Thomas, was one of 7 children born at the Inn. There is a book written about Thomas, known as the Yorkshire Evangelist, and from this I have gleaned much information. Unfortunately, Robert stood surety for a man he trusted and became responsible for a debt so large that he had to sell the business and he and his wife went to live with their son in Kepwick.

Bonfire Night Perils

Guy Fawkes Night could be quite hazardous, although I remember no one ever been seriously hurt, it was certainly a close run thing. Keith Bradley although not from farming parents had many relations whom were involved in farming and so had ready access to certain farming apparatus, binder twine and the like. One particular Bon Fire Night in the late 50's early 60's he had got hold of a long string of small explosive charges used for bird scaring. These were nothing more than a large number of bangers joined by varying lengths of fuse so as to make the bangs occur at irregular intervals, once lit. These turned out to be very poor as the fuses were far to long to be used as bangers and the final bang not very loud, so in disgust he throw the whole string, 30 or more charges onto the fire. 30 times a small bang is quite impressive especially when in a fire making ash, cinder and assorted burning rubbish fly... Read more


The Post Office c1960, Green Hammerton
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My mother and family were evacuated to Green Hammerton and lived in the Post Office!

War Years

Church of St Thomas c1965, Green Hammerton
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The Tucker family were evacuated to Green Hammerton from 1940 - 1942. My brother John lived with Mr & Mrs Blackburn and my sister lived with Mrs Wray at the post office. They are both alive and still keep in contact with one of the village residents whom I shall be visiting this September.

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