An agricultural labourer, then a mine labourer in Loftus area (ironstone miner)(Margrove Park) and later a farm labourer and gardener


William Farndale
30 June 1817 (Baptised) to (after 1901)

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William Farndale, son of George & Mary Farndale (FAR00215) of Easby, farmer, baptised Stokesley Baptised 30 Jun 1817. Resided at Easby.

(Stokesley PR & IGI)


Married before 1861 – perhaps 1855


Jane Richardson.


There was a William Farndale who married at Stokesley in 1846, so this could have been him. But a different William (FAR00283) married Jane Campbell that year, and this could just be a reference to that other marriage.


There was a William Farndale who married at Stokesley in 1855, so for present purposes I assume this was him.





Census 1861 – Hilton, Stokesley

William Farndale, head; marr; age 43; agricultural labourer; born Nunthorpe (about 1818). Nunthorpe is at SE edge of modern Middlesbrough. Stokesley is only 2km SW from Nunthorpe. Easby is about 3km SE from Nunthorpe.

Jane Farndale, wife; age 44; born Hartlepool (1817) (nee Richardson?).

Isabella Richardson, wife’s sister; age 21; u/m; dressmaker; born Ayton



[Census 1871, 1 Station Road, Filey


There is a William Farndale, 53, a railway labourer, born Easby living with his wife Margrett Farndale, a laundress and grandchildren, but this doesn’t reconcile with the rest?]




Married between 1862 and 1881 – perhaps 1878


Annie ? Born about 1847, so much younger.


There was a William Farndale who married at Stokesley in the first Quarter of 1878, so for present purposes I assume this was him.






Census 1881, Margrave Park, Stanghow


William Farndale, 62, labourer, in mines, born Nunthorpe (born about 1819)


Annie Farndale, wife, 34, born Sedgefield, Durham


Joseph Farndale, son, 6, scholar, born Eston (Egton) (ie born 1875)  (FAR00524). William was 56 at the time of his birth, but his second wife would have been 28

Miggil/Maggie Farndale, daughter, 4 born Broughton (ie born 1877) (FAR00550).


Jane Burgess, 17 a general servant from Bedford.

Family 1


Joseph (aged 6 at 1881 census and therefore born about 1875) (FAR00524)

Maggie (aged 4 at 1881 census and therefore born about 1877) (FAR00550)







Census 1901 – Broughton


William Farndale, head aged 90, farm labourer and gardener, born Nunthorpe. Although this gives a birth date of 1811, this makes sense given birth place and family. So he was still alive at 90.


Ann Farndale, his wife, aged 57. Born Durham Sedgefield.


William Farndale, son, aged 9, born Broughton (ie born 1892). The record says this was their son - William who would have been 73 by then and Ann would have been 45.


Joseph Farndale, son aged 28, a bricklayer and labourer, born at Eston (FAR00524)







There was a William Farndale who died at Bridlington in 1891, but this doesn’t make sense either by lace nor by the 1901 census.


There is an Ann Farndale who died in 1934 at age 86 (ie born 1848), and buried at St Peter, Brotton, so this may be her. There may be a clue on the gravestone about William.



This is not William, but an image of an ironstone mine worker


Margrove Park Mine -1900



This is an early image of Margrove Park Mine or Magra as it is still known locally. In front of the wooden headgear over the downcast shaft you can see the top of the upcast shaft with the smoke coming from the fire at its base to induce ventilation in the mine. This shaft top was later heightened and a pulley wheel installed on the top; this is now the structure which still survives on the site. The mine closed about 1924; it stood on the site of the present day Caravan Park and connected to the Boosbeck to Middlesbrough railway via a single track which crossed the road from Charltons to Boosbeck with a gated crossing.  The village of Margrove Park; known as  Magra Park – after the deer park which was here originally – was built in a large rectangle, one side of which was the local shops – all of which were demolished due to mining subsidence (after the mine had closed and they fell into disuse).  The only remaining example of a shop (the Co-operative) is the pre-fab building on the opposite side of the road to the village garden. Bob Clements tells us: ”The railway crossing at Magra was a gated crossing. The gates were still there when I was a lad at Magra. That was in the 1940s. I can’t remember when they finally disappeared.” Helen commented: “I have just been walking around this area and found a cordoned off mine shafts in the woods behind the caravan park, but couldn’t tell my younger sister if it was a mine shaft or not!”


Thanks to Simon Chapman for comments and corrections, also Bob Clements for the update on the gates and Helen regarding the former shafts.