What’s in the Archive?

The Washburn Heritage Centre Archive is a collection of over 12,000 items, including:

A large number of photos
Original and copied documents, including newspaper cuttings
Other memorabilia and ephemera relevant to the Washburn Valley
Film, video and sound recordings including an extensive oral history project
Paper and electronic copies of numerous temporary exhibitions
The findings of on-site archaeological investigation
References to relevant reference books, some owned by members, some not
References to relevant websites
References to heritage items held by private individuals who may be willing to make them available for borrowing or photographing- for example wartime memorabilia and old farm implements

We welcome requests for information from our extensive Archive for personal use.  We ask that an enquirer pay a set-up fee of £5 and become a member (£10 per annum) after which they may order material from our Archive handlist for a 12-month period.  The minimum charge is £5.  Each scanned image or scanned page is priced at £2.50 each.  Please complete the form.  

Commercial use

If the enquirer is requesting material for use other than personal, then permission is required and the enquirer should complete the Commercial Supply Form which indicates the scale of charges.  The set-up fee is £30 and each item requested is priced at £5.  On receipt of the completed form and payment, the Heritage Centre will issue a licence for the commercial use of the material.  

A plan of the Graveyard is available to view here Fewston Graveyard Plan.

Please note, the Archive is a ‘live’ resource and is updated monthly by a team of volunteers, therefore it is recommended that enquirers regularly check the downloadable handlist on the website. 

For Archive enquiries please email archive@washburnvalley.org 


There are several open sources available to those interested in local genealogy and the history of the Washburn Valley.  Some of these open sources are listed below.   Click on the link to access the information.


Lists of Monumental Inscriptions of people buried in
Fewston Graveyard -at the “Wayback Machine” at www.archive.org

The introductory page is here https://web.archive.org/web/20041208015746/http://www.tealfamily.co.uk:80/fewstonmi.htm


The transcriptions of the Gravestones is here https://web.archive.org/web/20041206225005/http://www.tealfamily.co.uk:80/fewstoninsc.htm

A plan of the Graveyard is available to view here Fewston Graveyard Plan.

The Calverley website has transcripts of births deaths and marriages in the area http://www.calverley.info/church_menu_coe.htm



There are also a few online books about the Fewston area which can be download that you may find useful. Lays and Leaves of the Forest of Knaresborough by

Reverend Thomas Parkinson https://archive.org/details/laysleavesoffore00parkiala/page/n8

History and Topography of Harrogate and the Forest of Knaresborough by William Grainge https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sMFPAAAAcAAJ&pg=PP14&dq=Knaresborough+forest+history+enclosures&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6j_OYppviAhVnA2MBHd-wBpEQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

The History and Topography of the Townships of Little Timble, Great Timble and Snowden by William Grainge https://archive.org/details/historytopograp00graigoog/page/n14

A picturesque history of Yorkshire by Fletcher and Smith https://archive.org/details/picturesquehisto02flet/page/n7

Nidderdale, from Nun Monkton to Whernside by Harry Speight https://archive.org/details/nidderdalefromnu00spei/page/n4

Higher Wharfeland: The Dale of Romance by Edmund Bogg  https://archive.org/details/higherwharfeland00boggiala/page/n3

Nidderdale and the garden of the Nidd: a Yorkshire Rhineland by Harry Speight https://archive.org/details/nidderdaleandga00speigoog/page/n6



            Part of the parish of Fewston was in the Forest of Knaresborough. You can find Wills and administrations from the Knaresborough court rolls published by the Surtees Society on www.archive.org

Volume one Tudor wills and administrations https://archive.org/details/willsadministra02hongoog/page/n8

Volume two wills and administrations from 1603-1660 https://archive.org/details/willsadministrat02knaruoft/page/n8

4.      MAPS


For maps of the local area we suggest you use the National Library of Scotland’s
online maps: The link to the area is here https://maps.nls.uk/geo/find/#zoom=14&lat=53.9954&lon=-1.7255&layers=102&b=1&point=0,0 Or you can use the Find by Place link here https://maps.nls.uk/geo/find/#zoom=5&lat=56.0000&lon=-4.0000&layers=102&b=1&point=0,0



           You can search the Yorkshire County Record Offices collections online:

County Record Office at Northallerton online catalogue

West Yorkshire Archive Services online catalogue. https://www.catalogue.wyjs.org.uk/calmview/

East Yorkshire online catalogue can be searched here



The Washburn valley was in the Diocese of York. You can search the Borthwick catalogue at the University of York here https://borthcat.york.ac.uk/

The British Newspaper Archive, which includes some Yorkshire newspapers, can be searched here https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/


The National Archives can be searched
here https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

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