Melbecks in 1840

From: History, Gazetteer and Directory of the East and North Ridings of Yorkshire, (1840), by William White.

Melbecks, noted for its knit hosiery manufacture and its extensive lead mines, is a large moorland township on the north side of Swaledale, containing 1,455 inhabitants and 9,994 acres of land, of which 6,913 acres are wild uncultivated fells and moors. The hamlets of Melbecks extend along the romantic dale from 3 to 6 miles W. of Reeth, and are as follows, Kearton, Low Row, Feetham, Blaides, Barf-end, Gunnerside, Lodge Green and Wintering-Garths. They are all in the manor of Healaugh, of which Thomas Smith Esq is lord, but the Knowles and many other resident families have estates here. There is a Wesleyan Chapel at Gunnerside and a Presbyterian Chapel at Low Row, built in 1809 in lieu of the old one, which was founded by Philip, Duke of Wharton, who endowed it with about £83 per annum from land in Westmorland. Feetham School was built by subscription in 1806, aided by a legacy of £50 left by the Rev David Simpson. The master has £2 5s a year as the rent of two rooms over the school, and teaches three or four free scholars. Directory:

Storey Thomas, boot & shoe maker
Bell John
Harker James
Harker Solomon
Hird Anty., Park Hall
Law Thos., Birk Park
Metcalfe Thos.
Newton James (yeoman)
White Henry (yeoman)
Low Row
Boyd Rev. John, Independent Min.
Birkbeck John, gentleman
Knowles E. A., hosiery manufactr.
Knowles Jno. & Co. worsted spinners & hosiery manufacturers
Urwin Thomas, carrier to Richmond
Wilson George, book-keeper
Parkin William, blacksmith
Hunter Thos., joiner
Musgrave Wm., joiner
Bearpark Eliz., shopkeeper
Harker Wm. shopkeeper
Brown James, stonemason
Brown John, stonemason
Bearpark Wm., tailor
Coates Edmund, vict. Miners’ Arms
Parkin Wm., carrier to Richmond
Raw Thomas, vict. Board
Raw Chpr., tallow chandler
Spensley Harker, schoolmaster
Spence George, beer house keeper
Parkin John, blacksmith
Coates James, boot & shoe maker
Chapman James, butcher
Pratt Wm., joiner
Sunter Joseph, mining agent
Pratt Mary, shopkeeper
Sunter Metcalfe, shopkeeper
Kipling Leonard, tailor
Birkbeck Thos.
Clarkson John, yeoman
Clarkson Michl., yeoman
Hugill Thomas, yeoman
Peacock Mark, yeoman
Pedley John, yeoman
Simpson Nathl.
Spensley James, yeoman

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Pearson William, foreman
Chapman Edw., boot & shoe maker
Bell William
Brunskill James
Cantrell Ralph
Lawes Jno., mining agent
Calvert David, vict. King’s Arms
Close Joseph, clog & patten maker
Neesam Wm., vict. Miners’ Arms
Peacock James, corn miller
Sunter Thomas, lead dresser
Allen Reuben, beer house keeper
Harker Wm., beer house keeper
Calvert John, blacksmith
Wensley John, blacksmith
Fawcett John, boot & shoe maker
Peacock Charles, boot & shoe maker
Sunter Chpr., butcher
Sunter George, butcher
Calvert John, joiner
Calvert John, joiner
Coates Thomas, joiner
Coates William, joiner
Shields Joseph, joiner
Calvert James, shopkeeper
Harker Thomas, shopkeeper
Waggett Thos., shopkeeper
Brown Joseph, stonemason
Bell Michael, tailor
Johnson Wm., tailor
Woodward Wm.
Wintering Garths
Coates John, blacksmith
Birkbeck Rt., yeoman
Calvert George
Harker Ann
Hutchinson Thomas
Rutter Ralph, yeoman
Spensley James, yeoman