‘Haunted’ Muker barn identified

A previous post resurrecting a Victorian ghost story about a haunted barn near Muker caught the attention of researcher Karen Griffiths who is working on a Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘Every Barn Tells a Story’.

Her careful follow-up investigation has identified the place-names and the two barns described in the story, which means that walkers in the Muker area can now see for themselves the places where the chilling events were said to have happened.

To read about the awful fate of a much-hated local schoolmaster in 1846, and to link to the historical background and the research findings of the Every Barn Tells a Story project, visit Muker Schoolmaster’s ghostly adventure.


About Will Swales

Amateur historian with a special interest in Swaledale, Yorkshire.
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2 Responses to ‘Haunted’ Muker barn identified

  1. Alan Mills says:

    Hi Will. This chap featured quite prominently in the early correspondence regarding the creation of the Reeth Poor Law Union. Our local project transcribed the correspondence which is now on the National Archives website.
    I suspect he was disliked because it was his job to implement the poor law. Here is an example of the correspondence on the website from 6 May 1835 , ref MH 12/14587/4:
    Folio 13. Letter from Raynard, [William Raynard], Muker Vestry Clerk to the Poor Law Commission requesting independent advice relating to a particular case. Since the operation of the Poor Law Amendment Act Muker parish had taken out an order for bastardy. In order to comply with the act they had incurred considerable expense, as the young man was living some 60 miles away and some 36 miles from where the sessions are held. The parish had called upon the services of a counsel, thus augmenting the expense of six pounds and when the order was obtained the expense amounted to as much as would have supported the child for between two and three years. The parish wanted to know if it was necessary to employ a counsel as no mention is made in the act. They requested an early reply as another case of bastardy was in hand. Poor Law Union Number 555. Counties: Yorkshire North Riding.


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