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John Farndale
24 December 1877 to 29 April 1970

The Tidkinhow Line 










Miner and farmer of Kilton and Tidkinhow. The last Farndale at Tidkinhow.



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John Farndale was born 24 December 1877 (1939 Register), the son of Martin and Catherine Jane Farndale of Kilton Thorpe, (FAR00364) farmer (BR, PR and DR). He was baptised at Brotton on 17 February 1878. The birth of John Farndale was registered at Guisborough District in the first quarter of 1878 (GRO Vol 9d page 475).


Martin and Catherine were still living at Kilton Thorpe when their eldest son, John, was born on Christmas Eve 1877.



The 1881 Census for 2 Kilton Thorpe, Kilton listed Martin Farndale, head, married, 34, an ironstone miner; John Farndale, 3, born Kilton 1878; Elizabeth Farndale, 1, born Kilton 1880.




Sometime in the next two years the family moved to Tranmire Farm near Whitby, a farm some ten miles along the road to Whitby - a moor farm near Ugthorpe situated on Roxby Moor.


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Tranmire Farm, near Ugthorpe - Martin and Catherine moved here in 1885 from Kilton Thorpe


John must have moved to Tranmire with his parents in about 1881 and then to Tidkinhow in about 1883, where he was brought up. He almost certainly went to school at Charltons and then at Boosbeck.




John recalled driving sheep from Tranmire to Tidkinhow when seven years old; this would mean 1884. He appears to have worked in the mines locally and was involved in an accident which damaged his leg for life. He then worked locally on farms. He used to say that he remembered driving sheep from Tranmire to Tidkinhow.




The 1891 Census for Red Lion Howe, Stanghow listed Martin Farndale, 46, farmer and ironstone miner; Catherine Farndale, 35; John Farndale, 12; Elizabeth Farndale, 11, born 1880 at Kilton; Martin Farndale, 9, born 1882 at Kilton; George Farndale, 8, born 1883 at Kilton; Catherine J Farndale, 6, born 1885 at Ugthorpe; James Farndale, 5, born 1886, Stanghow; Mary F Farndale, 2, born 1889, Stanghow; and William Farndale, 0, born 1891, Stanghow.




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The boys of Tidkinhow in about 1910 - John, James, Alfred, William, George and inset Martin




The 1911 Census for Tidkinhow Farm, Boosbeck, Stanghow listed Martin Farndale, 65, farmer, head, born Charlton; John Farndale, 33; Catherine Jane Farndale, 26; William Farndale, 20, butcher; Grace Alice Farndale, 17; and Alfred Farndale, 13.


George and James followed their brother Martin to Alberta in 1911 (Martin had been the first pioneer in 1905). James would spend his late life in the United States.


Johnís mother, Catherine, died in July 1911.




The 1921 Census listed Martin Farndale, 75, a widower, farming, employed on his own account, and living at home; John Farndale, his son, 43, single; Dorothy Farndale, his daughter, 25, single; Alfred Farndale, 23, single, his son, farming; William Barker, whose father had died, 14 years old, full time at school.


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Johnís father, Martin at Tidkinhow Farm about 1925.



John Farndale, married Elsie Maude Hammond at Ripon the second quarter of 1928 (MR).They had no family.

John married Elsie Maude Hammond in June 1928 and in January 1928, he took over Tidkinhow Farm when his father died.




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John Farndale (right) with his sister Dorothy Farndale and Alfred Ross her husband in about 1929†††††††††††††††† John and his wife Elsie (right) in about 1929 at the reservoir in Bethel




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John and Elsie at Tidkinhow in about 1937




The 1939 Register for Stranghow, Skelton and Brotton listed John Farndale, farmer, married, born 24 December 1877; and Elsie M Farndale, unpaid domestic duties, born 16 December 1893.




He farmed at Tidkinhow until he retired in the 1960s. His wife, Elsie, became ill soon after they moved to 14 Walton Terrace at Guisborough. She died shortly afterwards. John lived at Guisborough and was looked after by relatives. For a period of time John went to live at a bungalow near Tancred Grange and was looked after by the family of his sister Lynn (Family discussions).


He spent his last few years in a cottage near Stapleton where he was nearer to relatives, particularly Margaret Shields, eldest daughter of his sister Lynn.


Johnís house in Guisborough in about 1960:


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With his niece Margot††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† With his brother Alfred†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Grace Farndale, John, Elsie Farndale, Alfred and Dorothy Ross


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Margot, John, Elsie, Alfred and Dorothy




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John Farndale in 1967, the last Farndale of Tidkinhow





John Farndale died, aged 93, on 29 April 1970 and was cremated in Darlington crematorium. His wife, Elsie, had been cremated at Stockton crematorium.