Places to Visit in the Lastingham Area

As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, Mom, Dad, and I will be staying in Lastingham, England in 2017.  Lastingham is a village on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors.  We will be using it as a base as we explore the surrounding villages and towns.  Certain branches of Grandad P’s family have been born within a ten mile radius of Lastingham for generations.


Raymond Pearson’s ancestors, with those born within a 10 miles of Lastingham highlighted.  It is quite likely that many more of his great great grandparents were born in the area as well, but I haven’t yet ascertained their birthplaces.

Here is a list of some of the places we hope to visit that have significance to our family:

Lastingham: Ruth Fletcher (Grandad P.’s paternal grandmother) was born in Lastingham in 1853.  At the time of Ruth’s birth, her parents, Robert Fletcher and Mary Jane Pickering, had just arrived in the village having previously lived in Hartoft.  Robert and Mary Jane (Grandad P.’s great grandparents) subsequently settled down in Lastingham and appear to have lived there for almost five decades until Mary Jane’s death in 1901.  Even after his wife’s death, Robert continued to live in Lastingham and, at age 81, he was even still gainfully employed in the area, working as a road contractor.


The village of Lastingham

Spaunton (1 mile from Lastingham) – In 1871, Ruth Fletcher (Grandad P’s paternal grandmother) was working as a domestic servant at Low Askew farm in Spaunton. The farm was quite a large one (180 acres) and, altogether, it employed four farm servants and two domestic servants.

Appleton-le-Moors (1.7 miles from Lastingham) – Sidney Pearson and Annie Frank (Grandad P.’s parents) were married at Christ Church in this village on June 17, 1916.  In addition, at the outbreak of World War II, when the 1939 Register was conducted, Sidney and Annie were living in Appleton-le-Moors.  Their address is listed as Orchard House; however, there are several other families also listed as living at Orchard House and Sidney’s occupation is head gardener, so it is possible that, rather than living in Orchard House itself, Sidney and Annie lived in a smaller residence on the Orchard House property.


Orchard House, Appleton-le-Moors

Hutton-le-Hole  (1.8 miles from Lastingham) – William Frank (Grandad P.’s great grandfather) was born in Hutton-le-Hole in 1817.  At the time of the 1841 census, 20-year-old William was still living in Hutton-le-Hole in a house with his parents and four of his brothers.  By the time of the 1851 census though, William was married and had moved away from Hutton-le-Hole.  However, by 1871, William was back in Hutton-le-Hole living with his housekeeper and 14-year-old son, Thomas (Granddad P.’s maternal grandfather).  William appears to have lived in Hutton-le-Hole from that point onwards until his death in 1893.  Exact addresses are very rarely provided in the Hutton-le-Hole censuses; however it can be said with certainty that William was living on Back Lane End in 1881.  And, in 1891, he was living in the vicinity of the school room (either beside it or across from it).

Cropton (2.5 miles from Lastingham) – Sidney Pearson (Grandad P.’s father) was born in Cropton on February 27, 1889.  Sidney lived in Cropton for his entire childhood.  In 1891, for example, Sidney was living with his parents, four siblings, and his cousin in a four room house on Morley Terrace.  Sidney’s parents, William Pearson and Ruth Fletcher (Grandad P.’s paternal grandparents), weren’t originally from Cropton, but, after raising their family there, William and Ruth continued to live in Cropton until their deaths in 1923 (Ruth) and 1944 (William).  Both William and Ruth are buried in the Cropton Cemetery.


The 1939 Register shows William Pearson and his daughter Henrietta living in Cropton.

Esther Monkman (Grandad P.’s maternal grandmother) was also born and raised in Cropton.  In 1871, at the age of three, she was living, with her mother and siblings, at Hen Flats Farm in Cropton.  Nowadays, Hen Flats Farm is a caravan camping site.  By the time the 1881 census occurred, Esther and her parents and siblings had moved into Cropton village itself.


Hen Flats Farm (photo courtesy of A. Matson).

As an interesting aside, Esther Monkman (Grandad P.’s maternal grandmother), Sidney Pearson (Grandad P.’s father) and many other relatives all attended Cropton Undenominational School.  For those of you who watch “Escape to the Country,” keep your eye out for that school.  It was featured as one of the properties for sale in Season 15 of the series!  The school and the rest of the village are plotted out on this map.

Kirkbymoorside (5 miles from Lastingham)At the time of the 1881 census, Thomas Frank (Grandad P.’s maternal grandfather) was working as a farm servant at the 137 acre Cartoft Farm in Kirkbymoorside. Today, the farm seems to be broken into several smaller properties, so it is difficult to ascertain exactly where Thomas worked, but the farm looks to have been situated on Malton Road.

Hartoft (7 miles from Lastingham) – Jane Harland (Grandad P’s great great grandmother) was born there on January 20, 1799. She married Jeremiah Pickering from the parish of Fylingdales on December 9, 1819.  The newlyweds settled down on a farm in Hartoft, and raised at least eight children there. Their eldest daughter, Mary Jane Pickering (Grandad P’s great grandmother), was still living in Hartoft when she married Robert Fletcher in 1851.  Her fiance was also living in Hartoft at the time of their marriage.  A year later, Mary Jane and Robert’s son, William, was born in Hartoft.  However, by the time their next child, Ruth (Grandad P’s grandmother), was born in 1853, Mary Jane and Robert had relocated their family to Lastingham.

Aislaby (7 miles from Lastingham) – Sidney Pearson (Grandad P.’s father) was working as a wagoneer on John Hodgson’s farm in Aislaby in 1911.  His future wife, Annie Frank, spent part of her childhood in Aislaby, so it is possible that he first met her there.

Our family sure does have multiple connections to the Lastingham area, eh?!  Here’s hoping we have plenty of time to explore!




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