Reeth in 1840

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

Reeth, a small market town, picturesquely seated at the southern foot of the lofty moors of Arkengarth-dale, on the small river Arkle near its confluence with the Swale, 8 miles N.W. of Leyburn, and 10 miles W. of Richmond, has in its township 1,456 inhabitants and 5,491 acres of land, including the hamlets of Fremington 1 mile E., and Healaugh 2 miles W. of the town; also many scattered houses, and about 2,000 acres of open moors, which rise abruptly on the north side of the town to a considerable altitude; abounding in lead ore and commanding extensive and highly diversified prospects. The lead mines of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale serve to enrich the town and neighbourhood, and give employment to a considerable number of the inhabitants. Thos. Smith Esq. is lord of the manor of Healaugh, which comprises Reeth, Melbecks, and part of Grinton, but a greater part of the soil is held by copyholders, subject to small certain fines. Reeth market is held every Friday, and the cattle fairs are on the first Friday in May, and on Nov. 3rd. Fairs for merchandise are held on the Fridays before the following days, viz., Palm Sunday, Old May-day, July 6th, Sept. 5th, Nov. 23rd, and Dec. 21st. The cattle fairs were formerly held at Grinton, where the parish church is situated; the only places of worship in Reeth being the Independent and Wesleyan Chapels, the former built in 1783 and the latter in 1796; and the Quaker’s Meeting House in the Friends’ School built in 1778 by George and John Raw, who in 1814 endowed it with £2,000, of which £200 was paid for the legacy duty. The master teaches 30 free scholars, and the charity is not confined to the children of members of the Society of Friends. Fremington School was built by James Hutchinson, who in 1643 endowed it with two small gardens; 2 acres called Langley croft; an estate at Gate Fulford now let for £52; and with a yearly rent charge of £10 out of his estate at Fremington. An allotment of 5 acres was awarded to the school at the enclosure, so that its yearly income now amounts to about £73, for which the master teaches about 80 free scholars on the Madras system. To the west of Healaugh, in a field called Hallgarth, are vestiges of a house said to have belonged to the renowned John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, who was lord of the manor. Healaugh village is situated between the lofty hills of Harker and Calver, on the former of which are traces of an entrenchment called Maiden Castle, 100 yards square, and from this a line of other entrenchments may be traced across the valley. These earth works are supposed to have been thrown up by the Romans. The Dispensary for the benefit of the poor of Grinton and Marrick parishes is endowed with £30 a year from Hutton’s charity and is open on Tuesday and Friday. Mr J. R. McCulloh is the dispenser and surgeon. Post Office at Mr. Thos. Coates’s. Letters arrive from Richmond &c. at 9 morning; and despatched at ½ past 2 in the afternoon. Directory:

Reeth
Alderson Mrs. Dinah
Boothroyd James, watch & clock mkr.
Close George, gardener
Croft Chpr., painter and glazier
Dent Jonth. & Dawson Rt., yeomen
Hackett Rev. Wm., Independent min.
Hutchinson John, baker & flour dlr.
Kendal George, cooper
Langhorn John & Sherlock Jas., gent.
Metcalfe Rt., miller, & Wm., gent.
Peacock James, hair dresser
Tennant John, maltster
Thompson Henry A., gent.
Thompson James, corn miller
Inns and Taverns
Thistlethwaite John, Black Bull
Reed Chpr., Buck (excise office)
Gill John, Half Moon
Musgrave Francis, King’s Head
Bellerby William, Red Lion
Thwaites Mary, Shoulder of Mutton
Academics
Harper Wm., clerk to Savings Bank
Jackson John
Thompson Thos., Friends School
Blacksmiths
Bowes George
Littlefair Wm.
Boot & Shoemakers
Coates Thomas
Dixon Thomas
Jackson John
Peacock Chpr.
Peacock James
Peacock John
Peacock Thomas
Peacock Wm.
Tunstall Francis
Butchers
Alderson James
Alderson Thomas
Bradbury Henry
Hird James
Hird John
Peacock Thomas
Ward Thomas
Carriers
Close John, to Leeds, Sat.
Close Edward, to Richmond, Sat.
Cloggers &c.
Bradbury John
Jackson John
Moore James
Smith Thos. (auctioneer)
Drapers
Bradbury John
Coates George
Fothergill Joseph
McCulloh Mary
Peacock Michael
Spensley Wm.
Farmers
Alderson Thomas
Allison Wm.
Blenkiron George
Blenkiron James
Blenkiron Joseph
Brunskill Samuel
Fowler William
Harland George
Harman Thomas
Hird Ann
Littlefair John
Peacock Anthony
Peacock George
Peacock James
Raw Francis
Richardson Rd.
Smith Ralph
Tiplady Edmund
Grocers &c.
McCulloh & Clarkson (&drugts. & spirit merchts.)
McCulloh Mary
Spensley William

Links to the other townships:
Grinton
Melbecks
Muker
Arkengarthdale
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Life in the 1840s

Joiners
Blenkiron Thos.
Cleasby Joseph
Fothergill Ralph
Peacock John
Raine John
Tennant John T.
Urwin John
Lead Mine Agents
Blenkiron Thos.
Dolphin John
Gile Francis
Kendal Francis
Raw Francis
Spensley Wm.
Sadlers
Bell John
Metcalfe Wm.
Shopkeepers
Bell Thomas
Bradbury John
Close James
Deacon Wm.
Fothergill Joseph
Guy Elizabeth
Knowles Jno. Wm.
Liddle John
Stone Masons
Allison Robert
Dinsdale John
Smith James
Smith Joseph
Smith Ralph
Tunstall John (quarry owner)
Surgeons
Corson John
McCulloh Jno. Rd. (& registrar)
Tailors
Bradbury John
Langstaff Thos.
Fremington
Robinson Thos., academic
Ward Wm. H., academic
Bowes Thos. & R., blacksmith
Kendal Chpr., butcher
Alderson David, carrier to Barnard Castle, Wed.
Farmers
Clementson Rt.
Greathead Peter, Whitelock
Littlefair John
Kendal Chpr.
Nelson Matthew (and carrier)
Nelson Thomas
Siddel Thomas
Walker John
Marsh John, joiner
Littlefair James, lead-mine agent
Petty James, shopkeeper
Allison Wm., stone mason
Healaugh
Barker John Esq.
Hopkinson Joseph, excise officer
Bell Matthew, innkeeper, Board
Simpson James, academic
Galloway James, blacksmith
Martin Edward, butcher
Farmers
Alderson John
Dowson Robert
Dolphin John
Hird Edw.
Pedley John
Place Francis
White Henry
Thwaite Joseph, joiner
Shopkeepers
Metcalfe Thos.
Metcalfe Wm.
Pedley Wm.
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