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Knedlington has an old hall and brown brick-walled and rich red-pantiled farm buildings.

A long road to Drax Power Station The Old Hall The crossroads

It is famous for Knedlington crossroads, a notorious accident spot. This village is the start of the country road leading to Barmby-on-the-Marsh. Unless you are cycling, it is a three-mile dead end leading to the nature reserve at the River Derwent.

Visitor Comments

Posted by Heather Hird at 03/08/2007 21:58
On discovering my ancesters lived in Knedlington & Barmby, we paid it a visit. Knedlington Hall is where my great great grandfather lived (Edward Thompson) in the mid 1800's. What a lovely, quiet hamlet. It was a Sunday, so nobody was about. he must have met his wife (Anne Twigg) on the Ferry as she lived across the river from Barmby at Scurff Hall. Still researching, but they had quite a few children, one of them being Robert (my great grandfather).
Posted by Betty Webster at 22/11/2008 21:56
Yes, the old hall was a fascinating structure. My ancestors used to live there many years back.
Posted by Diane Baldrick at 19/01/2009 09:46
Yes, the hall is just great!!! My great grandfather laid one of the first stones there. Fact!!
Posted by John Jessop at 15/12/2009 22:05
Knedlington crossroads used to have a magnificent stone edifice with a water trough and a brass drinking fountain. The trough had an inscription over it which used to say "drink weary traveller and give to thy cattle also" This edifice was removed during road alterations and vanished from the face of the earth. I believe there are photographs in the possession of the civic society of the original. What is there on the corner now is a cobbled up poor modern substitute.
No one has mentioned the old Manor at Knedlington which was demolished. Last time I looked the base was still visible and some of the garden walls and an attached cottage which was occupied by Billy Andrews and his family when I was a teenager. There were extensive Rhodedendron bushes which had run amok surrounding a ornate fish pond as well.
The old hall used to be occupied by a Mr Waudby (Jarb) and it was said that somewhere in the hall property there was an opening into the (alleged) tunnel from Howden Church to Wressle Castle. This tunnel was a regular talking point amongst the local children but I never knew anyone who had personally been into it and thinking logically the water table of the area is high which would mean the tunnel would have been almost continually flooded if it really existed at all. Maybe someone can tell me otherwise?
There was an old coaching route (now only a lane) which ran almost parallel to the present road from Knedlington Crossroads to Boothferry Bridge at what was Kemps Cafe (now the Ferryboat Inn). George Kemp had another larger cafe built across the road from the old cafe and it was known as Mayphil cafe after his daughters Mavis and Phylis. The Mayphil thrived before the advent of the motorway took away the passing trade. This is now part of the lorry sales yard. Old Mrs Kemp used to come from the cafe to my Aunts to help with the kitchen duties when we had a pig killing day at Elm Tree. Jack Moore, the Howden butcher, would come and do the killing and cutting up in our shed until around 1955 when we stopped keeping pigs.
Posted by Old Hall Occupier at 10/04/2010 22:37
Knedlington Old Hall in its present form is believed to have been built around 1660-1670.

In 1851 Knedlington Old Hall was occupied by Edward Thompson, farmer of 230 acres, his wife Ann, their six children, three female house servants and two male farm servants. The Thompsons were still there in 1861, but by 1871 the tenancy had been taken by Thomas Fentiman. He and his wife Elizabeth lived at Old Hall with their son John, a young nephew, John Keniwell, a governess, three farm servants and one domestic servant.

By 1891 the Old Hall was lived in by Richard Barker, farmer, his wife Elizabeth, a domestic servant and three farm servants. The Barkers were still living in Knedlington, presumably at the Old Hall, in 1901. A survey of 1910 names Cyrus Howden as tenant of the farm.

Cyril Blea of Asselby worked at the Old Hall Farm from 1940 to 1963, the year before the Old Hall was "modernised" internally in 1964. Cyril Blea recalls that the Old Hall had a bathroom and internal plumbing fitted in 1941. Cyril lived in the Old Hall for some time, I think he married during his occupancy there. The farm manager was William Waudby.

From 1964-2001 the Old Hall was occupied by Ken Everatt. Ken said there was a secret passage somewhere in the house.

Cyrus Howden's wife was a Backhouse - of the same family that had or has a garage at Airmyn - and lived at Prickett Hill Farm between Wressle and Brind, now demolished. Apparently there is a bound book containing a history of Knedlington and the Old Hall and it was in the care of the Backhouse family, possibly the brother of Cyrus Howden's wife, at Prickett Hill. The book was not included in the auction sale of the contents of Prickett Hill Farm when it was about to be demolished and its whereabouts is unknown.

If anyone has any information about this book, or any bits of information about the Old Hall I would be very interested to hear. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who remembers the Old Hall prior to 1964.

Barmby on the Marsh, Asselby, Knedlington
Posted by wendy williamson at 20/04/2010 21:05
On researching my family .. I find that William and Sarah Thompson were my g.g.grandparents and had links to Knedlington Old Hall.... my email address is if anyone would like to contact me regarding my family tree.

Best wishes.
Posted by Robbie Butler at 10/05/2010 18:01
`Ello all, just wondering if anyone can `elp in tracing a long lost friend of mine?

His name is Percy Twelvepencils, and he used to live in Knedlington way back in the sixties.

I used to live in Barmby, but had to leave when the council knocked me shack into the ouse to build that damn barrage!!

I had to leave me dear wife too, as i couldn`t stand the pain of losing me home, bloomin` council eh?

Never mind, i left the country and went to live in monaco, becoming one of the wealthiest land owners in the country, and i`d love to try and catch up with me old mucka Percy, bless him.

If anyone can point me in the right direction as to his whereabouts, i`d love to hear from you.

Thankyou in anticipation, Rob.
Posted by Matt Wales at 30/10/2010 12:02
My grandfather was Billy Andrew (mentioned above) - he was gardener for the Manor House, and married Margaret (who was the cook) - they lived in the Manor Cottage, which apparently used to be the laundry for the old Manor before it was demolished. They lived there for many happy years with their children, Clive and Wendy (my Mum). I still remember Manor Cottage very clearly, as they lived there until I was about 8 years old, I remember the old woods around the property, and the rather spooky 'horse memorial' hidden in the woods, does anyone know if it's still there?
Posted by John Jessop at 13/11/2010 20:28
Hello Matt,
I went to school with your dad Paul and often went to your Knedlington grandparents house. We used to roam around the gardens but I cannot remember a horse memorial. I do remember learning to milk a goat there, a skill I put to use later when we bought a nanny goat of our own.
If my memory serves me correctly Pauls first vehicle was an ex Post Office van and I went with him and your mum on a number of outings, Plumpton rocks springs to mind as one. Please pass my best wishes to mum and dad.
Posted by bernard chatham at 31/01/2011 06:09
The old house was not knocked down it was burnt down i watched it alot of rumours but after 40 plus years i visited knedlington the base and the daffodills are still there
Posted by Matt Wales at 19/03/2012 20:06
Will do John, they moved away to Lincs last year, but both doing well, happily retired!
Posted by Jo - a curious party from Barmby at 07/10/2012 21:25
Does anyone know why Knedlington has so many large houses for such a tiny place and yet Asselby and Barmby don't seem to have one?
Posted by Wendy Robertson at 24/05/2013 22:33
Does anyone know where the Anchor pub was or if it still stands as as a dwelling or building in Knedlington.
The Waterhouse family were the Innkeepers in the mid to late 1800's and I believe it is the same Waterhouse family that also had the pub Black Swan Inn at Asselby 1851-71 census.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 25/05/2013 16:00
Hello Wendy.I have just travelled along the road to Asselby on google. Orchard Cottage is still thereEast of what once was Pinfold lane but now a track. The first dwelling is Newcroft which may have been a farm house Followed by what I belive to be the old Anchor Inn now a private dwelling Large Flagstones are the forecourt and in a prominent position high is a Large White Shield. Perhaps it contained an Anchor at some time? The next dwelling Westward appears to carry the name Yellow Cottage. I hope this helps
Posted by Django Hurst at 03/07/2013 11:58
I find this area amazing in its richness of history.
I knew a family who lived there very well.
There names were Bessie and Henry A Mack and their daughter Ethne.
Henry's father was Joseph Mack and his wife Rebecca lived there with them for many years.
They survived the tough war years with their relatives the Ball family.Most were born in Scunthorpe or Goole.
They have talked about some very interesting times at the old hall and the surrounds.
Posted by Anne Croft at 25/07/2013 16:49
I have in my possession a photo of the drinking trough at Kneddlington crossroads. Standing in front of it is a lady in Edwardian dress and she has 2 large dogs on leads. The photo was found when we were clearing out my grandmother's house some years ago. It is not a snap shot but a proper mounted photo. I have no idea who the lady was and have been trying for some years to find a connection. My grandmother's maiden name was Clarke and I know the Clarkes owned the Manor but I have not found a link. My grandmother was born near Bedale in N Yorks and her father George was born in Thorner. They were not a wealthy family and were employed as tradesmen in the brewing industry. Why she had the photo I do not know. Any help out there?
Posted by Keith at 25/07/2013 18:59
The old drinking trough had the inscription 'Drink Weary Traveller and Give also unto Thy Cattle ' I remember it well before it was replaced with the present one.
Posted by Anne Croft at 04/08/2013 14:02
The drinking fountain at the cross roads has the date 1901 on it and a coat of arms. As well as the inscription "Drink Weary Traveller etc" it says "In Loving Memory THOMAS SINCLAIR CLARKE of Kneddlington Manor" The very prosperous looking lady on my photo is posing in front of the trough and has 2 very large dogs and in her hand a stick with a turned end like a walking stick. I wondered if she was the widow of Thomas Sinclair Clarke.
Can anyone out there throw any light on my professionally taken photo?
Posted by John Jessop at 09/09/2013 06:40
The picture of the old drinking trough might be a far better image to go at the top of the Knedlington section than the moder tin road signs. How about it moderator? Assuming it could scanned and supplied to you of course.
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 09/09/2013 09:15
Hi John - If you send any images to then I'd be happy to add them to the site.

The original images are from the late 90's when I cycled round all the villages taking photos (digital cameras were rare in those days and I'd only borrowed it for one day)
Posted by John Jessop at 11/09/2013 19:55
Sorry, I haven't a copy of the photo of the drinking trough but maybe someone who has can do the honours?
Posted by Janet at 02/02/2015 16:42
Regarding the Old Hall my father lived in the Hall as a farm horseman from the age of 14, He worked on the farm until about
1963, while working on the farm he met and married my mother she worked on the farm as a land girl. His name was Cyril Blee he spoke highly of Mrs Howden there was also Cyrus who was Dads boss. My dad had happy times whilst working on the farm even
though it was hard work walking behind the horses all day. When
They married Mum and Dad lived in the farm cottage for a while.

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