Embsay Edwardian

Country: England

Region (County/State/Province): North Yorkshire

Website: theembsayeastbypost.com/category/history/

Contact: Jane Lunnon

Study Description 

Embsay-with-Eastby, near Skipton in the Craven area, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, became an industrial village in the late 18th Century, but by the end of the Victorian period the local economy had reverted to be mainly agricultural. It is now an expanding commuter settlement, although the heart of the two villages still retain their traditional character. Started in 2009, this study is the work of a small group of 6 people undertaking a history of the two townships in the parish, working with a wide range of documentary resources, as well as some landscape studies. Currently the main areas we are focusing upon are the churchyard memorials, an extensive archive of 19th Century papers and diaries from a local family, and parish/field boundaries. A village genealogy is being compiled (using Family Tree Maker software)- this now has over 13,000 names, and we are steadily researching the lives of a random selection in as much detail as we can, with a view to illustrating the social and economic history of the parish, with particular reference to the mills, the Church and 4 Non-conformist chapels, the sanatorium, social change, and women of the parish.


From medieval period to early 20th Century.


1881 = 1,162 inhabitants.

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