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Video planned about some of our seven Alehouses - Click here for details
A reminder about our presentation of this website on Sunday 16th Feb 2pm at the Hall.  Everyone is invited to enjoy some memories which might then spark suggestions and further information and help. Please bring any memorabilia 
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  • Latest Updates

    February 13th - Listed Buildings
    February 10th - Parish History - Butterfield
    February 8th - Pubs, mainly Lamb & Flag and early Churches
    February 2nd - various Historical Events (war) and a School photo from 1961
    January 31st - Colin's talk Report and 2008 Village Appraisals & Plans
    January 29th - a little on People
    January 22nd - Colour System and Pub ownerships
    January 18th - a major update of several recent events
    January 7th - Improved some links and layouts
    December 18th - Amazing drone photos of the Archbishop's Palace
    December 7th - Plans for movie about some of our pubs
    November 23rd - Page width and realignment of pictures and text
    November 22nd - Organisations - Cricket mainly and others
    November 18th - School pre/post WW2
    November 5th - Restructured categories, Church + Freedom's Mill & Mechanics (in Buildings)
    November 1st - Anchor Inn
    For earlier updates click on 'Latest Updates'

  • Summerfield

    'My grandfather, Jack Keighley, bought Summerfield in summer 1937. The family owned the right hand side and the Simpsons owned the left.  Grandfather renamed it Summerfield after the house my grandmother grew up in. That was in Stanningley.
    My father said that Mr Simpson had a draper’s business which would tie in with your description. However the roof lines on the neighbouring properties have changed so it doesn’t look quite the same (perhaps they were modified to raise the roof height in the bedrooms).
    To the side of my grandfather’s house were some stone steps. Above these were two lofts and a cobbler's business had been run in one of them. 


  • Main Street

    Main Street used to be called Skittergate

In 2008 both Harrogate Borough Council  and Bishop Monkton residents independently produced substantial reports relating to the Parish - a little history, quite a lot of the present and then looking forwards to the future.  Also the 1958 Book about Bishop Monkton by Butterfield. These can be seen by clicking on -


for the HBC Appraisal      and for the Parish Plan       and for the Butterfield Book


On Sunday afternoon February 16th in the Village Hall we held a Website Update & Community Open Day for those interested in the village history and to show how we are starting to display it.  The audience was taken through what has already been loaded onto the website and, while there is no internet/broadband facility in the Hall (yet), we were able display and work through the website just as though we were online.  

Hopefully it sparked off some memories and realisation that many residents and former residents and families probably have a multitude of photos, documents, names, event details, items or just recollections of past happenings that would be of great interest to others and form part of our village history.  All were encouraged to bring along such things so that they could be scanned and gradually included on the website  Anything included will handled with care and will remain your property .

Please contact Chris Bagnall (  07860664611) if you have anything that would be of interest


What a fascinating and informative presentation given by Colin Philpott entitled "Secret Wartime Britain", based around his recent book by that name.  From huge buildings in Leeds (with 17,000 working there, producing nearly 700 Lancaster bombers) to large Cold Storage units near the A59 by Goldsborough (stocked in case supplies from USA were cut) all of which the great British public appeared to manage to keep secret.  The level of duplication of sites and facilities, the duplication and more of other site, including Bletchley, the levels of camouflage and dummies were amazing and ingenious.  A full house of 90, on Thursday 16th Jan, was absorbed and impressed by the accounts of events and stories of those involved, whether directly or though parents. 

 Colin, congratulations.    For a fuller report please click here


We hope that everyone found the meeting about the Archbishops Palace on Thursday 9th January as interesting as we did. The presentations from Chris Bagnall, Tony Hunt of the British Council for Archaeology and Dave Went of English Heritage can be seen here

To see the Archbishop's Palace Page for the amazing drone photos - Click here



Welcome to Bishop Monktons' History

Welcome to the Bishop Monkton Local History Group Website. We are compiling pictures, maps, personal stories & all kinds of memorabilia about this historic village & you are very welcome to add to the resource if you can.

Bishop Monkton dates back beyond the Viking era but starts to become important just after the Norman Conquest. Archbishop Thurstan had a manor house here and in 1132 monks from St Marys Abbey in York stayed there over Christmas on their way to founding Fountains Abbey. Even then the Manor of Monkton, known as Munchetone, was a parcel of ancient possessions of the Archbishop of York.

But the site is not just about ancient history, there are pictures, records & many items about the everyday life of the village over the past 150 years. Please come in & see what you can find, who knows you might meet your ancestors.

We are a group of locals who are building up a record of life in our beautiful village, These's been lots of work done finding out about the way we used to live here & you'll find people, documents, photos and maps here.

We'd really like to encourage everyone who has any connection with the village from whatever part of the world to look into their own records & contribute anything they believe would be interesting; photos & documents certainly, but personal histories & memories would be really welcome. This is not an official document but should be able to show what life was like here to generations to come.

So please, get searching the attics & photo albums or persuade your relatives to give us their personal stories.

Happy Hunting


See 1943 RAF Log Book of a villager

on the Bishop Monkton Today website - by clicking here

If you have any information for us use the contact page or the guestbook of this website or email me directly on