Sunday 28 July 2013

William Sheffield of Roughborough Farm - More Historical Queries!

Peter Stanhope of Haxby writes to ask if we have any information on William Sheffield, Farmer, Dealer and 'Chapman' of Rusbrough, Huttons Ambo, N. Yorkshire in the 1700's, second half of the 18th century.

If you have any information, (I assume that Rusbough is now Roughborough Farm, Huttons Ambo), please drop me a line via the web site contact form or the usual address and I can put you in touch with Peter.


All material © Philip Stone 2013

Thursday 25 July 2013

Produce Show 2013 - Donations for the Raffle

Produce Show Raffle

Any donations for prizes for the Produce Show Raffle would be greatly appreciated.
Donations can be left with Noel Savage
or with Herbie at the Shop

Many Thanks For Your Help & Support

Noel Savage

North Yorkshire LEADER Programme - Huttons Ambo Parish Council

In 2011 Huttons Ambo Parish Council was successful with a bid for LEADER funding to enable us to have extra work done to improve the condition of our footpaths.

There have been many pleasing comments about the improvement that this work has brought about.

Unfortunately, this funding is coming to an end in September 2013 but we hope that the improvements will  still be visible when the extra work is no longer taking place (we have no moss on the footpaths and far fewer weeds and overhanging growth).

It is unlikely that we will be able to afford to fund this work from the precept(*) but we would be pleased to receive suggestions as to how we might be able to maintain the improvements.

by Andy Dorman

* Editor's note: the precept is the portion of your Council Tax which is allocated for funding your Parish Council.

Find out more about the LEADER programme here.

Monday 15 July 2013

Rennison/Renneson/Rennoldson Family History - Can you Help?

Can you help Allan Taylor trace his family history?

Allan, who lives in New Zealand, sent me an email asking for any information on the Rennison family.

If you can help, drop me a line on and I'll pass any information on to Allan.

Philip Stone


My distant ancestor, Henry Rennison lived in Hutton's Ambo where he was a blacksmith - as was his son Thomas. I have set out what little I know of Henry in the attached notes.

I do not know whether there are any Rennison descendants still in the parish or whether there is any evidence of the blacksmith premises - or even any evidence of Henry and his family for that matter.

However, your subscribers may be interested that there are descendants of a former parish family now living 12,000 miles away here In New Zealand and should anyone wish to contact me I would be very pleased to hear from them.

Many thanks for the delightful web site and pictures of the villages.


Allan Taylor



Henry RENNISON (various spellings) was the father of seven children christened: 

Elizabeth 22/1/1757 (Catton near York), Wilm. 14/9/1758 (Askham Richard), John (REYNOLDS) 21/9/1761, Henry 20/2/1763, Mary 2/12/1764 (all Birdsall), Thomas (RENNOLDSON) 31/8/1766, Sarah (RENESON) 20/8/1776 (both Huttons Ambo).

William’s christening from ARPR was:

1758 Baptiz'd Wil Son of Henv Rennison Sep - 14 
Henry had a brother Thomas christened 4/10/1747 who may be he of the following Parish of Catton near York events:

RENNISON, Thos M Eliz. MOOR 21/10/1767
RENNISON, Mary C Thos. RENNISON 21/5/1768

Henry may have left Askham Richard ten or more years before his father’s death which may indicate the limited availability of work and no immediate prospect of inheriting family land or other assets. He was a blacksmith and maintained a connection with his Askham Richard family as a 1787 document from a paper of the PALMES family of Naburn shows. His father, John, died in 1781 and his mother, Ann, lived until 1790. The land was in Naburn and may have been John’s entitlement to vote in 1741:

19 - 20 September 1787: Lease and Release: for £84: Henry Rennison of Hutton Ambo blacksmith (heir of John Rennison) and Ann Rennison of Askham Richard widow of J.R. to John Hay of York merchant

The Henry RENNISON family remained in Huttons Ambo as the following events imply:

RENESON, Elizabeth M Benjamin HOCKS 27/2/1777 Huttons Ambo
RENNISN, Mary M Robert CHAMBERLAIN 2/5/1784 Ravenstonedale
RENISON, Henry M Judith CARLETON 20/2/1797 Huttons Ambo
RENNISON, Thomas M Christiania WINKUP 6/12/1802 Leeds

The 1777 Elizabeth was probably the Elizabeth christened in Catton near York Parish. The 1784 Mary married in Ravenstonedale, Westmoreland – see below. The 1797 Henry was probably the Henry christened in Birdsall Parish. Although Thomas married in the Parish of Leeds, Saint Peter, it is evident that he lived in Huttons Ambo Parish from early in his marriage – see RENNISON – PULFERD and RENNISON – THACKERAY.

In 1801 the population of Huttons Ambo was 390 and in 1823 445. White’s Directory of Professions and Trades of 1840 lists Thos Rennison as a smith i.e. a blacksmith - also the occupation of his father Henry RENNISON and of Joseph RENNISON in Great Driffield.

No Henry RENNISON marriage has been found prior to a first child christened 22/1/1757.  Henry RAWLINSON and Tamar BYWATER married in 1756 in the Parish of St. Peter, Leeds and may have been of the parents of the 1757 to 1766 or 1776 children. Leeds is about 15 miles south-west of Askham Richard. RAWLINSON is phonetically close to RENNISON and no children of Henry RAWLINSON (and Tamar) have been found. 

St Peter, Leeds, Marriage 1756 Oct.10. Henry Rawlinson & Tamar Bywater. Witns. Jas Heartley, John Hall. 
St. Peter's Church (the Parish Church), Leeds and the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Hunslet
A researcher states that Tamar was of Birstall, about 6 miles south-west of the centre of Leeds. As Tamar ROPER she married Joshua BYWATER 19 September, 1748 in St. Peter, Leeds Parish where Joshua had earlier married Eliz. CALVERLEY 19/6/1743. Joshua was buried at Hunslet Chapelry, Leeds 16/2/1755 - a researcher recorded his wife as Tamar ROPER. His father was a Yeoman.

Joshua christened 5/6/1745 in Hunslet Chapelry, Leeds, was the son of Jos. BYWATER. Joshua junior probably married in 1765 in the Parish of Kirkby Wharf (about 30 miles south of Huttons Ambo). Children christened in Kirkby Wharf Parish were Mary 11/5/1766, Sarah 14/9/1768, Tamar 27/2/1771, Joshua 29/4/1775; the latter two clearly named after their step-grandmother and grandfather.

Mary Renison was born 2 December 1764 at Birdsall, Yorkshire, daughter of Henry Renison. Mary married Robert Chamberlain and a daughter Elizabeth Chamberlain was born 21 Oct 1792 at Ravenstonedale, Westmorland.

Elizabeth married John Robinson and a daughter Elizabeth Robinson was born 1823, died 28 Feb 1896. Elizabeth Robinson married James Boyle, son of James Boyle and Olive Platt. She was a servant in her future husband's household.

Taizé Meeting - July

Taizé Meeting

There will be a Taize Meeting in the church at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 23rd July. You are very welcome to join us in our peaceful Lady Chapel for sung prayer and short periods of meditation.

If you would like to sit, listen and reflect you do not have to sing, just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.

Taizé meetings are open to all in the benefice, not just residents of Huttons Ambo. Find out more about Taizé.

Anita Topp

Sunday 14 July 2013

2013 Produce Show - Help Wanted

Dear All – it’s that time again……………..

Volunteers are required for following roles and time slots:

Friday 9th August
Helpers to set up tables in Village Hall

Saturday 10th August
Helpers to receive and set out entries

Helpers to steward and support judges
Helpers to support tea & refreshment team

Sunday 11th August
10.00-1130 Helpers to clean and reset Village Hall

Please can you spread the word and if you or anyone you know can help us then please get in touch via email or on 07968 981296 as soon as possible. Many thanks

Please also note there will be a post show public meeting on Monday 12th August at 1930 in the small room of the Village Hall for feedback and forward planning – ALL WELCOME

Thanks again
Liz Ellis

Saturday 13 July 2013


Himalayan balsam is on the move again! 

This beautiful but domineering plant is re-appearing in many of the spots in and around Huttons Ambo where it flowered last year. If you were one of the many volunteers who pulled balsam last year, I hope that you notice that there’s not as much showing now!

However, please don’t rest on your laurels – it takes a few years of pulling in the same place before no more seedlings come back. Now is an ideal time to start pulling again (or for the first time!), because it’s starting to come into flower but isn't setting seed yet. Here are a few points to remember.

  •       Check the land manager doesn’t mind. The Huttons Ambo Estate has said it’s happy for people to pull balsam along rights of way. 
  •       Make sure that you can pull the plant up safely You will make more progress if you choose a small isolated patch 
  •       Pull along the edge (or edges) of a patch, in particular where it will push the plants back from their most likely route of spread (e.g. watercourse, road or other right of way)
  •       Persist with a particular patch, rather than dipping into different areas each time
  •       Follow the guidance in the box below.

You will make more progress if you:
  •            Choose a small isolated patch
  •            Pull along the edge (or edges) of a patch, in particular where it will push the plants back from their most likely route of spread (e.g. watercourse, road or other right of way)
  •             Persist with a particular patch, rather than dipping into different areas each time
  •             Follow the guidance in the box below.

For further guidance, see

Sunday 7 July 2013

Don't Forget - Huttons Ambo Produce Show on Saturday 10th August

Don't forget - it's the Huttons Ambo produce show next month

If you'd like to help on the day  - volunteer stewards
and helpers on the day would be really welcome.

Contact Liz on 07968 981296

Thursday 4 July 2013

A Summer Evening Stroll

It's been while since we've had a picture post on the Huttons Ambo website so I thought I'd share some pictures from a short evening's stroll.

Incidentally if you'd like to share any of your own pictures on the website, just email them in to . You don't need a fancy camera, some of the pictures posted on the site this year were taken with a smart phone camera and I challenge you to figure out which ones they are.

Don't forget that you can click on any of these pictures to see a bigger version.

Wild honeysuckle in the hedgerow  (click to enlarge)
I think there are some notable differences in the wild flowers this year. Although 2013 seems to have been an excellent year for tree blossom, I don't think the cow parsley has been as prolific as last year.

Back lit cow parsley (click to enlarge)

Also noticeable last year were elder flowers, the hedgerows were smothered in flowers, but this year they are quite a bit sparser.
Elder flowers on Rake Lane  (click to enlarge)

Ash tree,a study in light and shade (click to enlarge)

Back in May, we looked at the business of potato sowing seed potatoes in Planting By Numbers. I took a little detour to check on the progress of the plants and here is the result, a sea of potato plants from St Andrew's Fields down to Grange Farm.
Scientifically planted potatoes (click to enlarge) 

You don't need sweeping vistas or exotic plants to make a decent picture, these humble nettles are turned into glowing spires by a beam of evening sunlight on Rake Lane
Glowing nettles, Rake Lane (click to enlarge)

Near Grange Farm there is an entrance to a field that I've always found appealing, it has lovely rustic look that I've yet to successfully capture with the camera.
Entrance to field, Grange Farm (click to enlarge)

It seems an age ago, but in April, in Field of Beans we saw Richard Wainwright planting beans by night. Here is the result, wall to wall bean plants in Coach Fields, already in flower.
Field of beans (click to enlarge)

We've seen wild flowers and cultivated crops,so we'll end with some garden plants allowed to run wild, with wonderful results: Valerian growing out of a wall.

Valerian, High Hutton (click to enlarge)
I hope you've enjoyed this little collection of snapshots and they'll inspire you to get your camera out and take some pictures. And if you do, why not send them in? We'd love to see them!

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Huttons Ambo Book Club

July's Book Club book is 'The Cellist of Sarajevo' by Stephen Galloway. If you would like to join the book club, ring Sara Swindells on 01653 690767 or Alison Hewitt on 01653 692918.

All material © Philip Stone 2013

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Network Rail to Lock Low Hutton Level Crossing Gates

For many years there has been a 'User Worked' Level Crossing allowing vehicles and pedestrians to cross the main York-Scarborough railway line from the fields on the hillside at Low Hutton on to the banks of the River Derwent.

A Transpennine Express passenger train approaches the Low Hutton level crossing (click to enlarge)
However Network Rail has safety concerns about the crossing - there is restricted visibility for train drivers - and so they have decided that the crossing will no longer be available for vehicle or public pedestrian access.

Low Hutton level crossing gates (click to enlarge)
At this stage we're not sure if the gates will simply be locked or if they will be replaced by pedestrian-only gates usable only by key-holders.

If you have any questions or concerns about this they should be directed to Network Rail:

National Rail Online Contact Form

Information on User Worked Crossings

National Rail Helpline: 08457 11 41 41

All material © Philip Stone 2013