Our resident magician, John Dunning, has pulled another red-hot ember out of the fire to warm the cockles of those interested in the history of the village (apologies for the mix of metaphors).  He gave me the other night a little red book - not by Chairman Mao but by the Reverend John Edleston Farrar. He was never vicar here but seems to have officiated at many services in the village. His wife (Mary Hannah) and two children ( Hilary Edleston and Grace Dorothy) are buried in the churchyard; she died in 1941 and the children in the 1970's. I think the family came to Beverley from Durham between 1901 and 1906, and may have lived in Molescroft.

His red notebook is a set of notes about the people of the village, what they did and where they lived. It tends to focus on the influential members of the community but not exclusievly so; it contains details of farm transfers, deaths and births and so on. In some ways, it's the kind of notebook a salesman would keep. The notebook is packed with trivia such as the house plans, amounts of wills, the number of chimneys in people's houses, children's travels abroad, names and types of dogs kept. The notebook is written into a diary for 1921 but in fact covers events up to 1932; The Reverend's hand-writing is very neat but absolutely miniscule in places.

I am working out how we can transcribe the notebook. But in the meantime does anyone have any information about the Revd. Farrar or better still, memories of him or his family? If you do, please contact me on 01964 550255 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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