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.
1914 - 1918
In memory of those Greenhow Men and Women who gave their lives in service to their country

Whitehead Busfield
Private 32002, Prince of Wales Own, 16th West Yorkshire Regiment.
Killed in action 13th November 1916 aged 23
Son of Martha Busfield of Low Farside, Greenhow Hill.
Buried at Euston Road Cemetery, Collincamps, France.

Horace Marshall
Private 3718, 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.
Killed in action 16th July 1915 aged 24
Son of Arthur William & Ann Marshall of 3 Waterloo Terrace, Bramley, Leeds.
Buried at Colne Valley Cemetery, Belgium.

William Newbould
Private 19104, 3rd Coldstream Guards.
Killed in action 28th March 1918 aged 25
Native of Pateley Bridge and son of Albert & Polly Newbould of Old Church Lane, Pateley Bridge.
Buried at Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery, France.

Herbert Swales Lance Corporal C/12972, 21st Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
Killed in action 7th October 1915 aged 25
Son of Thomas & Isabel Swales of Mill Yard, Pateley Bridge, and brother of Leonard who also fell.
Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France and on a memorial stone at St Mary’s Church, Greenhow Hill.

Leonard Swales
Private 3638, Prince of Wales 1/5th West Yorkshire Regiment.
Died of wounds 7th August 1916 aged 20
Son of Thomas & Isabel Swales of Bents Farm, Pateley Bridge.
Buried at Pateley Bridge cemetery and on a memorial stone at St Mary’s Church, Greenhow Hill.

Thomas Whitehead
Private 267162, 2/6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.
Killed in action 2nd December 1916 aged 23
Native of Pateley Bridge and son of Mary (widowed 1901) and the late Thomas Newbould of Greenhow Hill.
Buried at Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

AND (Not fallen)

Margaret Ann Newbould R.R.C.
Daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Newbould of Greenhow Hill in the parish of Appletreewick.

William Henry Barrett
Son of Henry & Jane Barrett of Studfold, Lofthouse.

Robert Busfield
Corporal 26497, Grenadier Guards
Age 20 when he enlisted. Of West House, Angrave, Middlesmoor, occupation Shepherd.
Son of William & Martha Busfield of Low Farside, Greenhow Hill and brother of Whitehead who fell in 1916.
Demob 31 March 1920.

John Dunn

Albert France

George Marshall

Eddie Moor

Henry Newbould

Press Newbould
Gunner 166550, Royal Field Artillery
Enlisted 1915 aged 29, occupation Cowman
Son of Richard & Elizabeth Ann Newbould of Holebottom, Greenhow Hill.
Demob 23 February 1919.

Alexander Leonard Pratt
Bombardier L/19377, Royal Field Artillery.

Alfred Simpson

Allan Simpson

Arthur Simpson

Joseph Simpson

Raymond Lonsdale Simpson
Private 41145, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
Son of Alfred & Adah Simpson of Pateley Bridge.

Arthur E Smithson
Son of Joseph & Sarah Jane Smithson of Greenhow Hill.

Stanley Smithson
Son of James & Sarah Ellen Smithson of Greenhow Hill.

James Swales
Son of Thomas & Isabel Swales of Mill Yard, Pateley Bridge, and brother of Herbert and Leonard who fell.

Thomas Swales
Son of Thomas & Isabel Swales of Mill Yard, Pateley Bridge, and brother of Herbert and Leonard who fell.

Herbert Whitehead
Son of John William & Mary Whitehead of Greenhow Hill

John R Whitehead
Son of John William & Mary Whitehead of Greenhow Hill

Nedd Whitehead
Son of Edward & Ellen Whitehead of Greenhow Hill

All commemorated on the Greenhow Hill war memorial. The stone was raised in 1922 by the people of Greenhow Hill Parish and their friends in grateful memory of all who had served their country for God, King and Country in the Great War 1914-1919 for right and freedom.

Compiled with additional information by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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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