Old newspapers are full of interesting snippets about our past. You can find so much about ordinary people, local places and events . From time to time I will post up articles from newspapers that have caught my eye.

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Aysgarth Falls

The York Herald and General Advertiser 6 October 1827

Fortunate escape. On Sunday last Mr Meadows of Covent Garden Theatre , in company with Mr Butler, manager of the Sheffield Theatre, went from Richmond in Yorkshire to Wensleydale, a most romantic spot, about 16 miles from the above town. Mr M was admiring the splendid waterfall called Aysgarth Force, and for the purpose of enjoying the enchanting scene, stood upon a shelving rock immediately below the upper fall, and above the lower, he was endeavouring to ascertain the depth of the hole or basin that receives the water below, when his foot slipped and he was precipitated into the abyss. Fortunately Mr Butler was near the bank, and at the imminent risk of his life, plunged into the water, which is of great depth, but in which it is impossible to swim, in consequence of the force with which the water from above falls into it. Mr Butler , however, by grasping some shrubs growing upon the bank, succeeded in rendering that assistance to his friend, which enabled him to tread on terra firma in safety, and with no other inconvenience than a sound ducking.

St Mary's parish church, Richmond

The York Herald 30 January 1858

The Marriage of the Princess Royal - Local Celebrations …… Richmond. The bells of the parish church of Richmond , on Monday last, rung a merry peal and continued at intervals during the day. The North Yorkshire Rifle Regiment of Militia perambulated the streets and played “Haste to the wedding” and other pieces. A subscription had been made by the inhabitants to provide an entertainment of tea and cakes for the poor women of the town, of whom about 600 were bountifully regaled in the Market House, which was lighted with gas and decorated with evergreens for the occasion. Many gentlemen and ladies attended, and vocal and instrumental music was provided to entertain the party, who seemed to enjoy the evening greatly. A tradesman’s ball took place in the Town hall, which was numerously attended. At twelve -o-clock , upwards of forty couples sat down to a supper that reflected great credit on Mrs Jackson. Dancing was afterwards resumed, and kept up with spirit unto an early hour. The orchestra was occupied with Mr Foster’s quadrille band.

London Gazette 28 May 1754

To be Sold pursuant to a Decree and subsequent order of the High Court in Chancery … at his Chambers in Chancery Lane ….. the undermentioned estates late of Francis Smales Esq deceased, situate in the County of York, at the following days and times viz : On Thursday the 4th July next between five and six o’clock in the afternoon Lot no 2 being two undivided third parts of an estate at Wath Coat; the whole being of the yearly value of £140, consisting of a good farm house and upwards of 330 acres of land.

And on Friday 5th of July next between five and six o’clock in the afternoon Lot No 7 being an estate at Fremington of the yearly value of £115 consisting of a Capital Messuage or Mansion House called Fremington Hall, with barns, stables and other conveniences and upwards of 130 acres of land.

To be Sold ….. At his Chambers in Chancery Lane … on Wednesday 3rd July next the undermentioned estate situate within the County of York, late of Francis Smales Esq deceased, viz Lot no 1 consisting of a Freehold estate at Melsonby near Richmond of the yearly value of £79 and upwards ….