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Girlington Family Ownership of Thurland

The Castle 1899, Thurland Castle
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Nicholas Girlington of Hackforth and Calton, Yorkshire (my 9th great grandfather) traded Sir Francis Tunstall the manor and lands of Hutton Longvillers, Yorkshire for Thurland in 1598. In 1612, Nicholas registered a pedigree of Girlington of Thurland with the Norroy of Arms. Nicholas was buried in Tunstall on 01 Mar 1627. While the Tunstall family retained ownership of the Hutton Longvillers estate for a little over another 200 years, it would not be so for Thurland and the Girlington family. Being staunch loyalists, the family and castle were in the cross hairs of the armies of Cromwell. The castle was sieged by cannon and mortar fire for over two weeks before it was finally taken. For the most part, Thurland was left in ruins. Sir John Girlington (my 7th great grandfather) restored the medieval portions of the castle referred to now as the Hall, Study and remaining portions of the outer wing to living quarters (referred to as apartments at the time). In 1698, Sir John sold the castle to... Read more

My Ancestors Are Said to Have Originated From The Walls of Thurland Castle.

The Castle 1899, Thurland Castle
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Around 1706, my Ancestors are said to have originated from the walls of Thurland Castle. if you would like to contact me.

Memories of Lancashire

Gibsons of Melling

I worked at Gibsons at Melling in the early 1960s, does anyone out there remember me> I remember Bob, Len and Mike Gibson, they were agricultual engineers. I think they gave over a few years ago now. Has anyone got any info?

Cowan Bridge Smithy

c1955, Cowan Bridge
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To the left hand side of the A65 opposite the Village Shop stands the Smithy - this is significant to me as my grandfather Thomas Glover was the village Blacksmith until his retirement. The Smithy was demolished after he retired and my parents later had a bungalow built for themselves behind where it had originally stood. Their house opposite Bronte Cottages (Bronte Cottage) had been subject to compulsory purchase and demolition for the road widening and building of the new roadbridge in the 1960's.

Bronte Cottage

Charlotte Bronte School 1908, Cowan Bridge
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The house on the right of this photo was my home - Bronte Cottage. I have been told that it was once used as the coach house for the school and certainly I remember stone flagged floors to the largest room on the ground floor. To our great sadness the house was demolished in the early 1960s for the road improvements which took place at that time. I remember that I lived close to the old bridge end but this photo made me realise how close!

My Childhood in Ireby

I was born in Ireby in 1955. I had two sisters and a brother, Linda Val and Paul. My mum was born in Ireby and her dad John Coates (my grandad) lived around the corner in the cottages in the middle of Ireby. I went to Leck School and then to Hornby Secondary School. Dad was born in Barrow in Furness and met Mum when she worked at the Copper Kettle Cafe in Cowan Bridge. It was the best childhood and my children like to go and visit the area. We never knew Grandma as she died when Mum was 16. I loved the village and I had lots of places iIused to go off to play in. We knew everybody in the village. We always looked forward to the shop van coming round. We had lovely picnics on the fells. We could not afford to go on holiday but we would go to Morecambe to Happy Mount Park once a year. We used to go to Ingleton and Kirkby... Read more


I am interested in Woodend Farm at Low Biggins, my husband's Garnett ancesters farmed there. They came from Wray, and there are still many descendents in the area. Any information or memory relating to the farm or the family would be useful. Many thanks, Chris

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