Welcome to  Greenhow

North Yorkshire, England 

"Life on the Hill" - A book about Greenhow Hill in photographs and stories
First published 2005 and reprinted 2010


The village lies thirteen miles, as the crow flies, north-west of Harrogate, half-way between Nidderdale and Wharfedale, its height above sea level being about 1,300 feet.

The village consists, in reality, of two villages, Greenhow Hill, situated in the dip between the Greenhow and Coldstone hills and the much older village, Keld or Kell Houses, which consisted of half a dozen houses that clustered round Craven Kell, and running up to the edge of the moor at Craven Cross. The parish boundary, which runs along Kell Dyke, divides the village into two parishes; on the east side the majority of the village is in the Parish of Bewerley, while that on the west is in the Parish of Appletreewick.

In the past, the land hereabouts belonged to Fountains Abbey, which built a small, two-roomed cottage close to Craven Kell, past which the pack track led. Here two monks used to live, whose business was partly to succour wayfarers in this once so wild spot, partly to prevent lead ore-poaching, and probably they also tended the Abbey sheep.

The village is extremely exposed, and the fact that only a few houses have doors facing north and west speaks volumes for the climate.
A list of recent additions, changes or new pages on this site
A short history of the village.
Things to do around Greenhow.
History, Service times etc
Historical maps and aerial photographs with links to modern map pages.
Details of Land Owners and Tenants.
Photographs and details of various houses.
Plans and information etc relating to the now defunct Lead Mining Industry which was responsible for the formation of the village.
Genaeological information and photographs of some of the Greenhow families.
A list of books and manuscript sources relating wholly or in part to Greenhow.
A book written in 1920 by Harald Bruff about the villiage and some of the local people who were his friends. The dialogue "spoken" by the locals is written in phonetic dialect.
Kiplings grandfather was one of the methodist ministers at the chapel and Kipling himself seems to have spent some time here as the characters he writes about are based on actual people
Dialect poems & prose by Thomas Blackah (1828-1895). Thomas was a lead miner who lived and worked at Greenhow, emigrated to America, came back and finally moved to Leeds.
Formed a couple of years ago by local people interested in the history of the village.
How this site came into being.
My email address to enable you to contact me.
To other sites of interest.

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