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The earliest records of Farndale the Place - ‘vel bestiae commorari vel hommines bestialiter vivere conserverant.’ (The Venerable Bede)  A land fit only for wild beasts, and men who live like wild beasts”.


The earliest mention of Farndale was of a hermit called Edmund who lived at Midelhovet, a clearing to the north of the dale of Farndale.


The first personal name linked to Farndale was Nicholas de Farndale who was born in about 1230.


There was a record of the granting of a free right of passage for cattle through Farndale in 1233.


Peter de Farndale was outlawed for killing a soar in 1238.


Gilbert de Farndale was bailed for poaching in 1279.


Richard de Farndale was excommunicated for stealing in 1316.


In 1328 Hugh de Faulkes of Lebreston joined an expedition against the Scots as a pardon condition for the death of Walter de Farndale.


Farndales, outlaws and the legend of Robin Hood.


The law breakers versus the law makers.


Sir William Farndale was the vicar of Doncaster in 1396.


Nicholas farndaile who was born in about 1512 and later lived in Kirkleatham is the common ancestor to many Farndales can trace our lineage.


In 1564 William Farndale married Margaret Atkinson in the Church where legend suggests Robin Hood and Maid Marion were married.


William ffarnedaill who was born in 1599 is the first Farndale of whom we have more detailed records, including a full date of birth.


The Tale of the Farndale Hob.


John Farndale, 1709 - 1790 sailed with James Cook on colliers from Whitby before the years of the great voyages of Captain James Cook.


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Giles Farndale served as Able Seaman aboard HMS Experiment, and died at sea in the Caribbean around Port Royal in 1741, during the War of Jenkins’ Ear in the Spanish Main.


Artwork by Dominic Serres the Elder, H.M.S. Experiment capturing the French privateer Télèmarque, off Alicante, 19th June, Made of pencil and watercolour


A number of Farndales were buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Whitby, of Dracula repute including Robert Farndale who died in 1827.


John Farndale was 'Old Farndale of Kilton' who told merry tales of smugglers and their daring adventures off the Saltburn coast. During the balancing of the books at Christmas time over a bottle of Hollands gin, the Squire said of him “Johnny, when you are gone, there will never be such another Johnny Farndale”.


William Farndale was appointed a constable in Loftus in 1781 as an early officer of local law enforcement.


William Farndale demolished Kilton Lodge to build a new home and supervised the unloading of rods on Saltburn beach.


John Farndale wrote extensively about Kilton and the surrounding area, who was saved dangling headmost down the draw well and was saved by his buckle in 1805 and celebrated the Victory of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and wrote a song which was sung through the streets of Brotton.

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The grandson of John Farndale who sailed with Captain Cook was John Christopher Farndale the Elder who was a master mariner and captain of the coal Brig, the William and Nancy regularly travelling up and down the east coast of England. His older son William Farndale later captained the same vessel, the William and Nancy and also travelled more widely. The third son, John Christopher Farndale the Younger had an inauspicious start when he was sent for hard labour at Northallerton for abandoning his apprenticeship. But the younger John later captained a number of vessels including the John Stewart, the Caspian, the Marmion, and the Ada and travelled to the Baltic, Estonia and Russia. You can follow the merchant adventures of John Christopher Farndale the Elder, William Farndale and John Christopher Farndale the Younger, including many struggles and severe damage to their vessels in poor weather.


Matthew Farndale emigrated to Australia in 1852. See also The Australian Farndales.


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Two groups of the Ontario Farndales emigrated to Ontario.


The Newfoundland Farndales emigrated to Newfoundland.


The Alberta Farndales emigrated to Alberta.


John Henry Farndale was killed in a fall of iron stone in the Poston Mines, Ormsby on 9 March 1866.


John George Farndale was a soldier in the Crimean War and took part in the battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman and was at the Siege of Sebastopol, from where he wrote letters home. He later emigrated to Ontario.





Three families, the American Farndales, emigrated to USA.


Charles Farndale farmed at Kilton Lodge Farm.

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Joseph Farndale was Chief Constable at Birmingham, with involvement in a Jack the Ripper hoax, and the Ledsam Street Dynamite Conspiracy.


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His nephew, Joseph Farndale CBE KPM was Chief of Police at Margate, York and Bradford. He was the inventor of the police box (and therefore the tardis owes its existence to him).


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Martin Farndale bought Tidkinhow farm, and many of his family emigrated to Canada.


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William George Farndale emigrated to the States in 1907, but died in Yorkshire the following year.


Rev William Edward Farndale was President of the Methodist Council. His wife, Florence, was President of the North Eastern Federation of Suffragettes in 1914.


Farndale, William Edward D.D. (1881-1966)



Samuel (Kirk) Farndale was a second Farndale to emigrate to Ontario and start a line of Farndales.


George Farndale was the last Farndale to live at Kilton Hall Farm.


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John  Martin Farndale (1886-1966) emigrated to Newfoundland in 1910.


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Martin Farndale was the first Farndale to emigrate to Alberta, leading several of his brothers to do the same. There is a story that he was hopelessly lost on the Alberta plains and hammered on the door of a house for help, to find it was his own house.


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Alfred Farndale emigrated to Alberta in 1928, with his wife Peggy. His sons Martin, and Geoffrey, and daughter Anne were born there. Alfred followed his older siblings Martin, George, Kate, and James to Alberta (and William who went to Saskatchewan).


James Farndale emigrated to the United States, and was involved in the building of the Boulder Dam (now the Hoover Dam), and became Senator for Nevada. He wrote a diary of his voyage to Canada the year after the sinking of the Titanic.


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Between 5 and 31 October 1936, John William Farndale was the youngest member of the 185 men who set off on the Jarrow marches. See his webpage for more about the Jarrow marches and John’s involvement.

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George Weighill Farndale joined the British army in Egypt in 1915, was wounded in the first battle of the Somme in 1916, and was killed in action at the Battle of Arras in May 1917.


World War I: Battle of Arras (1917)



Three Farndale brothers joined The American Army; The British Army and  The Canadian Army in the First World War.


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Lieutenant Graham Price was the brother in law of Rev William Edward Farndale. He was a famous racing motor cyclist and a World War 1 flying ace who created a flying record in his squadron but was killed in 1916 in a duel with a German aeroplane at 8,000 feet.


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George Farndale was killed in action in 1917 not long after he had arrived in France.


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William Farndale was wounded in action at Vimy Ridge, and later died from influenza in Saskatchuan.


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Herbert Farndale won the military medal for gallantry in the First World War, and his farm was later destroyed by a German bomb in the Second World War.


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James Farndale worked in animal husbandry and served in both World Wars, tending horses in the First World War.


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Bernard Farndale was an RAF Sergeant who was killed in a bombing raid over Denmark on 30 August 1944. The Germans ordered the bodies to the left, but the Danish civilians recovered the bodies in secret to bury them.


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The travels of Martin and Anne Farndale in the 1950s and 1960s are recorded in A Cluster of Summer Trees.


Now you can pour yourself The Farndale Cocktail.


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A Warning to those who research family history at the entrance to Stokesley Parish Church.