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Sylvia Dowgill
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 19:56
History of Daisy Place
We are trying to put together a history of our property on Daisy Place. We have some deeds dating back to 1900 and have traced the Davy family living here during World War 1, however tracing back further using the census is proving difficult as Daisy place doesnt seem to exist but we have been told the houses probably date back to the 1700s. Was it called something different does anyone have any old maps of the village / top end of the High Street ? Was it called Bridge Fold?
Any information would be helpful ..thank you
Robin Longbottom
Friday, October 19, 2012 08:51
There was a row of three dwellings in Daisy Place, with a barn attached, when I was growing up in the village in the 1950's and 60's. I recall that when the barn was converted into a house a pole axe head had been found (a pole axe for slaughtering animals) and that part of it had been a slaughter house once. I don't know, but it was probably used by Willie Riley (who was well known in the village for making mechanical garden windmills during the late 60's and early 70's, and for chewing twist) who had run a butchers shop from a timber building on the High Street side of Fall Bridge (opposite Towngate Bungalow). In the 1900's the first house was occupied by Wilson Davy, known as Wils, who was a blacksmith in the village, three of his sons, Leonard, Herman and Evelyn lived in Low Fold up to the 1970's. The 1911 census shows Thomas Green, a warp dresser, living in the middle house and James Brigg, farmer, at the house adjoining the barn.

The 1840 Tithe Map shows the whole block in the occupation of Joseph Walton and family, he farmed a total of 26 acres. When he died in 1861, aged about 78, his wife Sarah took over the farm together with her youngest son, also called Joseph. A elder son, Benjamin, was a worsted handloom weaver (presumably a dobby loom) at the proerty, he was most likely an outworker for Bairstows, Sutton Mill. The Waltons appear to have remained at the property into the 1890's.

The Waltons were tenants of William Spencer, who owned large parts of the village and lands. His family owned Malsis Hall prior to it passing to James Lund of Keighley. The Spencers can be traced back to Tudor times and may well have owned the property for many generations.

If you wish to do further research I would suggest the West Riding Registry of Deeds, now part of the West Yorkshire Archive Service at Wakefield and the register of wills at the Borthwick Institute, now part of York Universty, York.

I hope the above has been helpful.

Andrew Monkhouse
Hanoi, Vietnam
Friday, October 19, 2012 10:34
Hi Sylvia, in addition to what Robin has already mentioned, Wilson and Phyllis Davy's eldest son John Davy also lived at No 2, Daisy Place at the time of the 1911 UK census.

John was Killed in Action on 27th May 1918, the first day of the Third Battle of Aisne in the final months of the Great War. Pte John Davy is one of the 40 names remembered on the Sutton-in-Craven war memorial.
Sylvia Dowgill
Sunday, October 21, 2012 21:04
Thank you both, very interesting Robin..I think you know my husband Chris from YEB ! We have some old deeds and are ploughing our way through them, left to us with the house, showing some old plans and info relating to JW Hartley and others
Robin Longbottom
Monday, October 22, 2012 19:46
Hi Sylvia

Glad the information was of interest. Give my best wishes to Chris, I've been watching with interest the rebuild on the Haworth Primary to Silsden Primary 33kv line, brings back good memories of the old days.

Best wishes, Robin

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