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  Malhamdale Hearse
Posted by: MikeG - 10-02-2018, 08:53 PM - Forum: MLHG FORUM - No Replies

Many years ago, there existed a horse drawn hearse which was kept in the Hearse House on the north side of Kirkby Malham church. It was featured in two paintings by William Shackleton of the funerals of John Chester and Bernard Swinbank in 1916. Two engraved glass panes reputed to have come from the hearse when it was broken up, have recently been donated to the Museum of North Craven Life (see attached photos).
Does anyone have any information about the hearse?

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  History of the Croft, Airton
Posted by: MikeG - 05-30-2018, 10:03 PM - Forum: MLHG FORUM - No Replies

The terrace of 7 houses on the Croft in Airton was built in 1896 by William Illingworth of Newfield Hall who also provided the land on which the new Methodist Chapel was built in the same year. The terrace was built on the site of Croft House sometimes called Airton House which before it was demolished, had been occupied in 1891 by William Varley, a stone mason and his wife Grace. William died in 1892. The attached plan of the proposed new Chapel also shows Croft house before it was pulled down.

Has anyone more information about Croft House or its occupants prior to 1891?

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