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1901 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Prestwich in the County of Lancaster.
No 200
When and where married, June 20th 1901

John Potterton FURGUSON | 46 yrs | Widower
Profession, Physician | Residence, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Father's name, David Magill FURGUSON (deceased)
Profession of father, Physician

Rachel Emily WRATHALL | 31 yrs | Spinster
Residence, Arncliffe, Prestwich
Father's name, Thomas WRATHALL (deceased)
Profession of father, Gentleman.

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by Licence, by me CW Cyprian FLOYD (Curate)
This marriage was solemnized between us, John Potterton FURGUSON, Rachel Emily WRATHALL.
In the presence of us, John RYLE, Eli MARTIN.

Bend Gate (Yate)
Note the strangly shaped stone on the outside wall in photo 2. These are in the background of some of the early photos.

Anne BANKART writes "I found that the Bendgate farm has the initials T&J.C over the back door, together with a date of 1835. The present owners of the farm did not know to whom the initials belonged but I reckon that they would have been put there by Thomas Cockshott when he moved with his wife Jane form Deepdale Head.

Photos by Anne BANKART in 2005      

1894 (Presuming Richard Law WRATHALL to be 3 yrs)
Ann BANKART has been to and confirms this building as Bend Yate.
Thomas WRATHALL and his wife Catherine WRATHALL nee ELSWORTH in doorway at Bend Yate with their grandson Richard Law WRATHALL.


1894 (Presuming Richard Law WRATHALL to be 3 yrs, John WRATHALL to be 40 yrs.
Top left window, Annie DELVES nee WRATHALL, Possibly Emily Jane WRATHALL nee WATSON
Catherine WRATHALL nee ELSWORTH elderly lady left of front garden,
John WRATHALL in doorway with his son Richard Law WRATHALL born 26 Feb 1891.

RG12 | Piece 3494 | Folio 13 | Page 1
Bend Yate, Long Preston, Yorkshire

Thomas WRATHALL | Head | 69 yrs | Married | Occupation, Farmer | Neither employer nor employed | Born, Long Preston
Catherine WRATHALL | Wife | Married | 62 yrs | Born, Long Preston
Jane WRATHALL | Daughter | Single | 25 yrs | Born, Long Preston
Rachel E WRATHALL | Daughter | Single | 22 yrs | Born, Long Preston
Catherine M WRATHALL | Daughter | Single | 18 yrs | Born, Long Preston

Birth in the Sub-district of Kirkby Malham
No. 225
Twenty Sixth February 1891, Skellands, Scosthorp R.S.D.

Richard Law | Boy
Name of Father, John WRATHALL
Name of mother, Emily Jane WRATHALL formerly WATSON

Occupation, Farmer
Name of Informant, John WRATHALL Father Skellands, Scosthop.
When registered, Third April 1891
Registrar, Stephen Clark


1873 Death in the District of Long Preston in the County of York
No 491
When and where died, Seventeenth October 1873, Bend Yate, Long Preston.

Mary ELSWORTH | Female | 81 yrs
Occupation, Widow of John ELSWORTH a Farmer
Cause of Death, Exhaustion from old age. No medical Attendant

Description of Informant, Thomas WRATHALL, Present at Death, Bend Yate, Long Preston.
Registered, Twenty First October 1873.
Registrar, William GIFFORD.

RG10 | Piece 4256 | Folio 13 | Page 1
Bend Yate, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

Thomas WRATHALL | Head | Married | 49 yrs | Occupation, Farmer of 112 acres | Born, Giggleswick.
Catherine WRATHALL | Wife | Married | 42 yrs | Occupation, Farmers Wife | Born, Austwick.
John WRATHALL | Son | Unmarried | 17 yrs | Occupation, Farmers Son | Born, Long Preston.
Margaret WRATHALL | Daughter | Unmarried | 15 yrs | Occupation, Farmers Daughter | Born, Long Preston.
Ann WRATHALL | Daughter | Unmarried | 12 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Long Preston.
Mary E WRATHALL | Daughter | 8 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Long Preston.
Jane WRATHALL | Daughter | 5 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Long Preston.
Rachel E WRATHALL | Daughter | 2 yrs | Born, Long Preston.
Elizabeth ROBERTS | Servant | Unmarried | 17 yrs | Occupation, Domestic Servant | Born, Grindleton, Yorkshire.

1864 (Presuming Margaret to be 38 yrs old and Catherine to be 36 years old)
Catherine WRATHALL nee ELSWORTH, born 28 Nov 1828 in Austwick, died 19 Mar 1899 in Long Preston.


1864 (Presuming Catherine to be 36 years old)
Catherine WRATHALL nee ELSWORTH, born 28 Nov 1828 in Austwick, died 19 Mar 1899 in Long Preston.

1864 (Presuming Thomas to be 42 years old)
Thomas WRATHALL born 1822 in Giggleswick died 26 Feb 1897 in Long Preston.
1863 Death in the District of Long Preston in the County of York
No 294
When and where died, Fourteenth October 1863, Long Preston.

John ELSWORTH | Male | 71 yrs
Occupation, Farmer
Cause of Death, Exhaustion from old age. No medical Attendant

Description of Informant, Thomas WRATHALL, Present at Death, Bend Yate, Long Preston.
Registered, Seventeenth October 1863.
Registrar, William GIFFORD.

1863 - Thomas COCKSHOTT Probate
As I understand, in his Will Thomas Cockshott gave:-
  • His wife, the family tupperware and her sisters debts.
  • Catherine Wrathall, his wife and house, "Bend Yate".
  • Margaret Armistead, two farms, "Old Ing" and "Bookhill Gill"
  • His sister Mary Elsworth, the family seat "Foxup".

Memorial Inscription Thomas & Jane COCKSHOTT
Baptist Chapel, Long Preston, Yorkshire
Plot C 1.
In Memory of THOMAS COCKSHOTT of BEND YATE who died Febr 22nd 1863 aged 72 years.
"Mark the perfect man and behold the upright for the end of that man is peace".
Also JANE ANN widow of the above who died March 31st 1874 aged 62 years.
Her end was peace.

1863 Death in the Sub-District of Long Preston in the County of York
No 281
When and where died, Twenty second February 1863, Bend Yate, Long Preston.

Thomas COCKSHOTT | Male | 72 yrs
Occupation, Landed Proprietor

Cause of Death, Disease of the Prostate gland and Bladder 13 months Certified.
Description of Informant, Thomas ARMISTEAD, Present at Death, Long Preston.
Registered, Twenty Fourth February 1863.
Registrar, William Gifford.

1861_Census_Old_Ing.pdf (Farm owned by William and his son Thomas COCKSHOTT, Old Ing was also in the story "Some Incidents in the lives of John & Mary Elsworth")
RG09 | Piece 3178 | Folio 133 | Page 1
Old Ing, High Birkwith, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, Yorkshire

John CRAGG | Head | Unmarried | 50 yrs | Occupation, Hind Of 313 Acres | Born, Horton Yorkshire.
Rose CRAGG | Sister | Unmarried | 41 yrs | Born, Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire.
John CRAGG | Nephew| 5 yrs | Born, Horton, Yorkshire.

RG 9 | Pice 3179 | Page 1
Bend Gate Farm, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

Thomas COCKSHOTT | Head | Married | 70 yrs | Occupation, Yeoman | Born Yorkshire.
Jane A COCKSHOTT | Wife | Married | 49 yrs | Born Yorkshire.
Sarah BAINES | Servant | Unmarried | 18 yrs | Occupation, Domestic Servant | Born Yorkshire.
Margaret HOLGATE | Visitor | Unmarried | 39 yrs | Occupation, ? Maker | Born Yorkshire.

RG 9 | Piece 3179 | Page 9
Long Preston, Yorkshire.

John ELSWORTH | Head | Married | 69 yrs | Occupation, Butcher and farmer of 4 acres | Born, Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire.
Mary ELSWORTH | Wife | Married | 70 yrs | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

RG 9 | 3179 | Page 4
17, ?, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

Thomas WRATHALL | Head | Married | 39 yrs | Occupation, Farmer of 12 acres and Cattle Dealer | Born, Giggleswick, Yorkshire.
Catherine WRATHALL | Wife | Married | 32 yrs | Occupation, Wife | Born, Austwick, Yorkshire.
John WRATHALL | Son | 7 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Margaret WRATHALL | Daughter | 5 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.
Ann WRATHALL | Daughter | 2 yrs | Occupation, Scholar | Born, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

1858 Birth in the District of Long Preston in the County of York
No 498

When and where born, Twenty sixth October 1858, Long Preston.
Name, Ann | Girl

Name of father, Thomas WRATHALL
Name of mother, Catherine WRATHALL formerly ELSWORTH.
Profession of father, Farmer.
Description of Informant, Thomas WRATHALL, Father, Long Preston.

When registered, Sixteenth November 1858.
Registrar, Henry WILDMAN

1855 (Presuming Thomas to be 65 yrs)
Thomas COCKSHOTT Christened 21 Nov 1790 in Long Pereston, Died 22 Feb 1863 at Bend Yate Farm, Long Preston.


1851 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Long Preston in the County of York.
No 149
When Married, August 19th

Thomas WRATHALL | Of full age | Bachelor
Occupation, Farmer
Residence at time of Marriage, Long Preston.
Father's Name, John WRATHALL
Profession of Father, Farmer

Catherine WRATHALL | Of full age | Spinster
Residence at time of Marriage, Long Preston
Father's Name, John ELSWORTH
Profession of Father, Butcher

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by Licence by me, Ralph OLDHAM Curate
This Marriage was solemnized between us, Thomas WRATHALL, Catherine ELSWORTH

In the Presence of us, Robert RUMNEY, Ernie? WHITAKER

1851 (Presuming Catherine to be 23 yrs)
Catherine ELSWORTH bn 28 Nov 1828
I think this maybe too early for such a photo, but have given it this date as she isn't showing a wedding ring.

1851 Ann BANKART Photo
HO107 | Piece 2277 | Folio 412 | Page| 1
Bend Yate, Long Preston, Yorkshire.

Thomas COCKSHOTT | Head | Unmarried | 60 yrs | Occupation, Freeholder occupying 700 acres, employing 2 Labourers | Born, Wigglesworth, Yorkshire.
Catherine ELSWORTH | Niece | Unmarried | 22 yrs | Occupation, Housekeeper | Born, Austwick, Yorkshire.
John ARMISTEAD | Nephew | Unmarried | 1 yrs | Born, Clapham, Yorkshire.

[Bend Yate Farm, Ordnance Survey Landranger grid ref:- 840 571]

1851 Census 'Old Ing' - (Farm owned by William and his son Thomas COCKSHOTT, Old Ing was also in the story "Some Incidents in the lives of John & Mary Elsworth")
HO107 | Piece 2277 | Folio 249 | Page 19
Old Ing, Settle, Yorkshire

John CRAGG | Head | Widower | 73 yrs | Occupation, Hind Bailiff Of 313 Acres | Born, Horton, Yorkshire.
John CRAGG | Son | Unmarried | 40 yrs | Occupation, Hinds Son Ag Lab | Born, Yorkshire.
Rose CRAGG | Daughter | Unmarried | 31 yrs | House Keeper | Born, Yorkshire.
Thomas CRAGG | Son | Married | 35 yrs | Occupation, Ag Labourer | Born, Foxup, Yorkshire.

HO 107 | Piece 2277 | Page 35
Long Preston, Yorkshire.

John ELSWORTH | Head | Married | 58 yrs | Occupation, Butcher | Born, Kirby Malhandale, Yorkshire.
Mary ELSWORTH | Wife | Married | 59 yrs | Occupation, Annuitant | Born, Wigglesworth, Yorkshire.

Registration District Skipton
Death in the Sub-district of Gargrave
No. 28
Twelfth August 1849, Little Stainton Bank Newton

James ELSWORTH | Male | 44 years
Occupation, Farmer.
Cause of Death, 'Erysipelas and Mortification in the right side not certified'

Description of informant, X the mark of Christopher LEECH In attendance Little Stainton Bank Newton
When registered, Thirteenth August 1849
Signiture of registrar, John Summer SKILL

Registration District Skipton
Death in the Sub-district of Gargrave
No. 27
Eleventh August 1849 Little Stainton Bank Newton

Mary ELSWORTH | Female | 81 years
Occupation, Widow of John Elsworth Farmer.
Cause of Death, 'Decay of Nature Erysipelas one week certified'
[Erysipelas – Streptococcal cellulitis of skin, St. Anthony's Fire]

Description of informant, X the mark of Christopher Leech In attendance Little Stainton Bank Newton
When registered, Thirteenth August 1849
Signiture of registrar, John Summer SKILL

Registration District Skipton
Death in the Sub-district of Gargrave
No. 21
Eleventh July 1849, Little Stainton Bank Newton

William ELSWORTH | Male | 54 years
Occupation, Farmer
Cause of Death, 'Gastitis 3 weeks Certified'

Description of informant, Margaret ELSWORTH In attendance Little Stainton Bank Newton
When registered, Sixteenth July 1849
Signiture of registrar, John Summer SKILL

Plot Number A 60
St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Long Preston.
In memory of | John ELSWORTH of Little Stainton who | departed this life on the 27th day of | May 1846 aged 82 years | also of Mary relict of the above said | John ELSWORTH who died August 11th 1849 in | the 81st year of her age | also of William their son who died July 11th | 1849 in the 55th year of his age | also of James their son who died August 12th | 1849 in the 45th year of his age | also of John ELSWORTH who died October 14th 1863 | in the 71st year of his age | also of Mary his wife | who died October 17th 1873 | in the 82nd year of her age.
Registration District Skipton
Death in the Sub-district of Gargrave
No. 370

Twenty Seventh of May 1846, at Banknewton
John ELSWORTH | Male | 82 years
Occupation, Farmer
Cause of Death, 'Appoplexy 26 hours Paralysis certified'

Description of informant, Wm Elsworth In attendance Banknewton
When registered, Twenty ninth of May 1846
Signiture of registrar, John Summer SKILL

Moss, Wigglesworth, Yorkshire
John ELSWORTH | 45 yrs | Profession; Butcher | Born in Yorkshire.
Mary ELSWORTH | 45 yrs | Born in Yorkshire.
Margaret ELSWORTH | 13 yrs | Born in Yorkshire.

William COCKSHOTT Will
The will is signed on the 19th January 1835 and probate dated 7th June 1841.
William COCKSHOTT gives his son Thomas COCKSHOTT and his 'friend and relation' Henry HORNBY of Malhamdale his Farms and cottages at Foxup in Arncliff and 'Old Ing' in the parish of Horton in Ribblesdale. He instructs an annuity of £50 to be paid to his daughter Mary ELSWORTH in half yearly instalments on the 12th May and 22nd November. The annuity is to be chargeable to his ‘Foxup’ estate.
He also gives his son Thomas COCKSHOTT and Henry HORNBY all his 'tenant rights and interest' in his farm at Deepdale Head, owned by the ‘Manor of Newby’.
William gives his two Grand-daughters Catherine & Margaret ELSWORTH his two feather beds and bed furniture when they reach the age of 21yrs. They would have been 8 and 7 years in 1835 when this will was written.
William COCKSHOTT appoints his son Thomas and Henry HORNBY his executors and trustees of the annuity payable to Mary ELSWORTH.

St Mary the Virgin, Long Preston, Yorkshire
Plot Number A 162
Erected | In Memory of | William Cockshott | of Deepdalehead who departed | this life March the 19th 1841 | aged 91 years.

1841 Death in the District of Long Preston in the County of York
No 125
When and where died, Ninteenth of March 1841, at Deepdalehead, Wigglesworth

William COCKSHOTT | Male | 91 yrs
Occupation, Farmer
Cause of Death, Old Age

Description of Informant, Mary ELSWORTH, Daughter, Present at Death, Moss, Wigglesworth
Registered, Twentieth of March 1841

Page 54
Marriages solemnized in the Parish of Long Preston in the County of York.
John ELSWORTH of the Parish of Clapham and Mary COCKSHOTT of this Parish were married in this Church by Licence this twenty sixth day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.
By me John POSTLETHWAITE, Curate
This Marriage was solemnized between us, John ELSWORTH, Mary COCKSHOTT.
In the Presence of James WHITAKER, William ELSWORTH.
No. 162

Deepdale Head, Wigglesworth
Anne BANKART writes "Deepdale Head is the farm referred to in Aunt Emily's story from which the elopement took place. I did once get inside and actually saw the wonderful old stone spiral staircase down which Mary Cockshott is said to have crept to meet John Elsworth.

At the time I got into the house, probably in the 1960's-70's that staircase, which was very precipitous, was the only one and the only way to access the 2 floors above. Also at that time the topmost rooms had wonderful plaster ceilings but I understand that they had to be removed in order to repair the roof."  
  2003 Photos by Anne BANKART - Deepdale Head    

A story written in 1945 by Rachel Emily WRATHALL Born 1869 for her niece (her sister Annie WRATHALL's daughter) Evelyn May Louise ROCHE nee DELVES (aka Babs) born 25th Mar 1897.
About Rachel Emily WRATHALL's grandparents' John ELSWORTH and Mary COCKSHOTT married 26 Feb 1827.
The original copy of this hand-written story is owned by Anne BANKART nee ROCHE of Harrogate whose mother was Evelyn May Louise ROCHE nee DELVES.

Hand-written original owned by Anne BANKART nee ROCHE of Harrogate daughter of 'Babs'. 21, Firs Crescent, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 9HF

Story by Rachel Emily WRATHALL (maiden name) about her grandparents John ELSWORTH and Mary COCKSHOTT.
She wrote the story for her niece Evelyn May Louise DELVES known as 'Babs'.

To E.M.L Roche
Nee Evelyn May Louise (Babs) Delves

"Some Incidents in the lives of John & Mary Elsworth"
*Your great-grandparents

Aunt Rachel Emily
London., New Year's eve. 1945

The first I know of grandmother - then Mary Cockshott, was when she was living with her brother, a bachelor. He was much older than she, and was a tall gaunt, and not very pleasant person. A real old fashioned hard shell Baptist. He made a good deal of money. Farming in those days was paying well - Like all the rest of the farmers in Craven, his great desire was to buy land. Mary was quite different. She was very small and dainty, gay and sweet tempered. These two were looked after by a housekeeper, a sour old spinster, called Ellen. They were living then at a nice old farm called Deepdale head, of course belonging to brother Thomas.
Mary must have been very pretty. She had deep-set, dark grey eyes with long lashes, auburn hair and a lovely skin. She had also tiny feet and hands. She was very proud of her small feet and would always wear black silk stockings. This was an almost unheard of extravagance in those times. The farmer's wives told her that only Queens and Duchesses wore silk stockings. Mary piped up "Yes I know, Queens, Duchesses and Mary Cockshott". She insisted upon wearing black, silk stockings all her life, and they must be of good quality silk with clocks. My first mental picture is of a journey she often told of - when she was old.

When she was quite a girl, they had a very hard winter - and winters were winters in those times, they had a terrible snowstorm lasting for days without ceasing. Thomas began to worry about his sheep on Foxup Farm, away up in the dales. He told Mary he must ride up and see about them, so plucky little Mary said, "I will come too."
"Nowt ut soart." "Impossible, just look out at it". "But I will come" said Mary. So she put her saddle on her Galloway pony, and jumped up. She wore a flowing, green habit, and a green hat with a red feather. (Your mother, Janie and I have all ridden miles on that saddle, it was most comfortable. It had a washleather, non slip seat, with fancy stitching, only one crutch and a little slipper, so much better than the latter day stirrup - We always knew it as Grandma's saddle.)
The two of them started off from Deepdale Head in the early morning, and rode through Long Preston round by the Church and up the moor road, through the thick snow. Further they went up the moors and thicker the snow became but on and up they rode. When they got past Settle, the snow drifts were so high they covered the 6ft stone walls, but up there, the snow was frozen so hard, they gaily rode right over the tops of the walls and hedges.
As far as they could see, there was only snow, snow and more snow, but for here and there a few tops of tall fir trees; and once or twice a lonely shepherd, trying to dig out his sheep. The only sound a curlew's plaintive call as it circled over their heads. How charming little Mary must have looked in her green habit, and green hat with the red feather, her red curls flying and face all pink with the frosty air; the only spot of colour in all that white expanse. Ingleborough is in front, and Pennyghent alongside them. When they get to the top of the dale they see Foxup. Mary turns in her saddle and looks back on beautiful Langstrothdale covered in pure white snow. The sun is setting, looking like a great round ball of fire. Turner never painted a sunset to equal this glory of crimson and gold against the snow. Mary rides on feeling awed by the sheer beauty of the world as God made it for us.
The door of Foxup farm is open, and the glow from the big peat fire can be seen. The farmer and his wife are "fair-capped" at the sight of the riders on such a day. They go in and Mary is put on the red, black oak long settle by the inglenook. Mrs Knowles insists up on taking off the little shoes and when she sees the silk stockings words fail her, but she says "my poor lamb, you mun be fair frozzin".
"To bed at once with a hot bottle and then joy - I'll bring up a nice, hot posset [posset - hot milk curdled as by wine or ale- Nick] with a drop 'o rum in it".
Time marches on. In a year or two half the young men of Craven are courting Mary Cockshott, for besides being lovely, is by way of becoming an heiress for those days, her brother shows no sign of marrying, he has no time for such foolishness. On workdays he is hoarding up his gold. His great ambition is to get enough to buy Bend Yate, a nice little farm near bye. He already has Deepdale Head, Foxup and Old Ing. His Sundays are spent preaching at a makeshift Baptist Chapel at Hellifield. He holds forth for hours on the carnal lusts of the flesh, to punishment by hell fire etc.
Among Mary's suitors is one young John Elsworth of Stainton Cotes. In Mary's eyes he is the handsomest youth in all Craven, he is the finest horseman, the best dancer, he is gay, carefree and very charming. He is very tall, has a fine face and wonderful violet blue eyes; they are both deeply in love with each other. When brother Thomas hears of this he is simply furious "this must be stopped at once," he says. "John Elsworth is nowt but a wastrel, he has no brass and never will have." Poor Mary is practically shut up in her bedroom, and old Ellen is set to watch her.
But as we all know "love laughs at locksmiths".
On one moonlight night, Mary slips off her little sandals, carries them in her hand, creeps down the stairs and out of the front door. She runs round by the garden wall, at the end of the garden, where the gooseberry bushes still grow, she sees the grandest young man in all Craven waiting for her on his blood mare "Blossom". He picks her up in his strong, young arms (she is only a featherweight), he holds her very firmly in front of him and vows that nobody shall ever take her away from him again, as long as his life lasts.
Mary feels a bit frightened "Will he catch us think you John?"
"Catch us?" says John "not the d'eil hisself can catch us when we're on Blossom. She is the swiftest mare in all Yorkshire". Blossom pricks up her ears and with a neigh and a bound flies like the wind.
John has barely a crown in his pouch and Mary - no dower chest for Mary, only her little reticule, which she clutches tightly to her. It contains one pair of black silk stockings (of good quality silk and with clocks) and six silver teaspoons marked 'C'. But they have what all the gold in the world cannot buy-youth, health, good looks, love and each other, also superb courage.
God help them.In the meantime, at Deepdale Head Thomas Cockshott is aroused by the neigh of a horse; he jumps out of bed and rushes onto the landing his nightcap dithering.
He calls out "Ellen do you hear owt? Is Mary alright?" Ellen goes to Mary's room and comes out shaking with fright, and calls out "Shoo's not here, shoo's gone wi' young John Elsworth I'll be bound."
"What" shouts Thomas - "that wastrel, hark to what I say woman, her shadow shall never darken my door again, nor her name spoke." (This vow he keeps all his life.)
The house in the days to come is very quiet. The master counts up his gold and thinks it wont be long now, before he buys Bengate. The old walls miss the gay, young laughter and the patter of little feet on the stone floors.
Time marches on, the scene is changed, we enter a small house in a poor part of Manchester. John Elsworth is still gay and careless. Mary is still sweet, but looks a little careworn.
There are two little daughters, the elder Margaret is a fine girl of about 7, strong and long limbed, with her father's large violet eyes. She is full of life and joy and with a heart of gold, every inch an Elsworth. The younger girl Catherine is about 5. She is quiet and shy. She does not look strong, her cheeks are pale and wan; she has her mother's grey eyes and auburn hair. Mary looks at her wistfully and thinks if only Katie could have some pure Craven air, good new milk and eggs straight from the nest, she would soon be strong and well.
"I wonder," she thinks "dare I? ought I? Yes I must, I will." When John is out, she takes up her pen and writes to her brother (she has not anything from him all these years.)
"To brother Thomas
Honoured Sir
I am sending my younger daughter into your safe keeping, she is somewhat delicate, this Manchester air does not suit her health. I know you are a hard man and unforgiving, but you are also a just man, honourable and a God fearing man. I know you will bring up Catherine to be a good Christian and a virtuous maid.
Your humble and obedient
Sister Mary Elsworth"
I beg you to be kind to my baby for the sake of our childhood days. I doubt me she will be oft sad and lonely.
Catherine is sent to Deepdale Head.
There are lots of lonely evenings for Mary, when John is out and Margaret in bed, she sits by the fire and gazes into the flames, seeing faces and pictures. She fancies she sees again beautiful Langstrothdale in her mantle of pure white snow and the marvel of a sunset, the sun going down like a ball of fire in all the glory of crimson and gold. Sometimes she sees little Katie and longs for her. The fire dies down and the pictures fade away. She is back in this murky, sordid, hateful Manchester. Does gallant little Mary regret? I wonder, I wonder.
  View from Deepdale Head - by Ann Bankart 2003
  View from Deepdale Head
  En route Pennyghent to Foxup.
  En route to Foxup.
  Foxup Farm
    Old Ing

Again time marches on and again the scene is changed. They are now spending their old age in the Church Nook, a cottage belonging to the Elsworth family, close to the gates of the Parish Church at Long Preston. I know nothing of "the years between". John - in the eyes of his wife is still the finest man in Craven, though now quite old he is still quite happy-go-lucky.
He spends his evenings at The Maypole with his old friends. Mary listens for his footsteps coming home round the old lane, she often hears his gay laugh, and snatches of song, though his walk is not always too steady; but she never fails to great him with a smile, never a reproach.
On a lovely spring morning John and Mary Elsworth may be seen standing on their doorstep looking up to the "Everlasting Hills", as the sunrises. They are a delightful old "Derby and Joan" he is still a fine man and his little wife is still, as ever, dainty and sweet, hardly reaching up to his elbow.
Though Stephen McKenna says, "the greatest curse God put on humanity is not death but old age." In this case he is wrong, these two have indeed "grown old gracefully".
I think it must be because they have always had perfect love and trust in each other. All through the sunshine and shadows of a long life together, and often hard times.
How grand Rye Loaf looks, just as though it were keeping guard over the old church and villages. Think of the centuries it has looked down on all the different vicars coming and going, of all the christenings, weddings and funerals of the people from one generation to another
"Yes and one day Rye Loaf will look down on us for the last time." Says Mary
"Well joy." John says. "When we come to our journeys end, we shall still be together."
There comes one Sunday when John Elsworth lies dying, the long limbs quiet at last. Mary sits by the bed holding his hand. There is a knock on the door, an old friend comes in, he calls out "I have news for you".
"Hush, hush", whispers Mary. "My master lies a dying, but what is your news?"
"It is that Thomas Cockshott of Ben Gate died this morn."
This news penetrates to the ears of the dying man and gives him fictitious strength. He sits up and calls out "What did you say? Oud Tommie dead deenah." He jumps out of bed, claps his hands and dances a jig saying "I'm 't better ti ut two yet." Then he falls back on his bed unconscious. Those were the last words he ever spoke.
He was "game to the last".
Six tall farmers carry the huge coffin shoulder high across the road to where "the rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep."
They bury him among his own the Elsworths of Stainton Cotes. His little wife turns away from the grave and whispers, " Goodnight my love I won't be long."
Not very long after she died at Bend Yate where she had been living with her daughter Catherine. Her little coffin is placed beside "her man"; they lie side by side in their last long sleep together.
God rest their souls

Years later, when I was about 12, I opened a drawer in the old Elsworth corner cupboard and found "laid by in lavender," a pair of black silk stockings, with such tiny feet. Also a row of auburn curls, which my mother told me Grandma always wore round her sweet face, within her Victorian poke bonnet. In another drawer were 6 silver teaspoons marked C. I have these spoons before me as I write. If they could only speak and give us their history.
As a tale that is told.


Long Preston Parish Church Records
William COCKSHOTT of this Parish and Margaret FOSTER of the Parish of Horton were married in this Church by a Licence the 24th Day of January 1790