Ravenstonedale Parish History Group

Recent visitors


We’ve been pleased to welcome several visitors to the archive who are undertaking family history research recently, including a brother and sister descended from Thomas Carver. They had contacted us as a result of a newspaper report of Val’s talk on the Carver family and their connections to the village, and we were able to show them, among other things, the family gravestone in High Chapel burial ground (which incidentally is duplicated in St Oswald’s Churchyard). Thomas Carver and his brother John were both trustees of High Chapel, and in the 1890’s were responsible for renovating the Chapel, the upstairs Schoolroom and the Manse and for enlarging the burial ground in memory of their mother Elizabeth Airey. This is recorded on a wall plaque in the main part of High Chapel which the visitors were able to photograph. We have subsequently sent them some photographs, including one of their ancestor Elizabeth Airey. We thank them for their kind donation to the History Group.


  1. I am a descendent from the Aldersons of Ravenstonedale (previously Muker in Swaledale). My line dating from the last Alderson is;

    Simon Alderson (1839-1919)
    Isabella Alderson (1864-1942) m Thomas Kendal Tinkler
    Ethel Mary Tinkler (1895-1975) m Frederick Dobinson
    Anne Isabel Dobinson (1934-2002) m Anthony Hodgson
    Stephen Anthony Hodgson (me)

    I have located a bit of information off the Ancestry website, but would be interested in sharing any information

  2. Thanks for contacting us Stephen. We will check the information we have on the Aldersons and let you know by email.

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