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Summertime at Overdale Cottage
I have happy childhood memories of a summer my brother and I spent in Burtersett. We, along with our mother had travelled from our home in Canada and were visiting our grandparents William and Ethel Lawson, and our aunt Joan at Overdale Cottage. The four hundred plus year old cottage, was across the lane from the Thwaite Farm and I remember that kind family providing great company and new experiences. We watched the birthing of a calf, and participated in the 'haymaking' which, for us lucky kids, consisted of riding the wagon - perched high up on the bails of hay as they were brought to their rightful place in a barn. I remember hiking the dale to a lake for afternoon swims (Semerwater I believe it is called), and walking a path through the fields to Hawes on Market Day. The only store in Burtersett was also a source of entertainment; the shopkeeper always appearing happy to see us. I also remember antagonizing a bull in the fields for... Read more
Winnville opposite Askrigg Post Office was the residence of George Winn and his wife Elizabeth. George was born in 1808 in Nappa Hall Askrigg along with his brothers Richard Metcalfe Winn and John Winn who became the vicar of St Andrews Church in Aysgarth. George followed the family tradition and became a solicitor.
His son William Edmund Metcalfe Winn was born in Winnville in 1845 and followed his father and became a solicitor also. George, as was his father, was one of the four men of Askrigg (a local councillor). Winnville is now the White Rose Hotel.
My great-great-great-grandad was a blacksmith at Countersett - and I am thinking of coming over from Lincoln to see if there are any Metcalfes buried in the churchyard. He was born in 1805, and married Elizabeth Armstrong who was born 1811.
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