Originally called Mount Farm, built around 1859
1861 Samson French from Harrogate, his wife
& farm lad from Shipley.
1871 Mary Ann Thornton niece of Israel Thornton is living there with
one domestic servant & two farm servants.
Taken from familychest.co.uk
Israel Thornton of Bradford, Yorkshire. Contractor Samuel PEEL of
Broadhead, Keighley, Yorkshire, Farmer. Subject. Samuel Peel agrees to
buy property near Keighley, Yorkshire for £320 from Israel Thornton.
We are told that Israel Thornton bought the property in 1871 and is
now selling it on while reserving the shooting rights for himself. The
property consists of a house and lands called White Hill, near
Keighley. A schedule lists various closes by name specifying the
acreage of each. The total area is 19 acres.
A great deal of information on Israel Thornton can be found by
searching on Google.
The tower went up in 1875 and the name changed to Tewitt Hall.
Bill O'th' Hoylus End in his book
tells us that Pie Leach would often ride up to the hall in his gig and
that he had in mind to buy the place.
|Samuel Peel came
from Wibsey & in 1871 we find him at Broadhead, Oakworth, he was
there in 1881, but by 1891 he was in Barnby Moor.
William Edward Peel returns to Oakworth and we find him farming at
Tewitt Hall in 1911. Samuel's daughter Mary Elizabeth married Peter
Emmott, and after they are married they are farming at Broadhead.
Peter was born in Cowling, prior to his marriage the family are living
at Newsholme, the marriage record describes Peter as a wheelwright
& his father a farmer.
1910 Emmott renting off Peel
William Edward Peel at Tewitt Hall 1911
The coach house
1881 census showing Israel Thornton farming 218
acres & employing 5
advertised for sale in the Leeds Mercury
1884 advert for a steam crane
While wondering around Utley
cemetery we came across a grave which told us that this was the abode
of Hugh Ellison in 1899. Hugh Ellison, son of Thomas Ellison Inn
Keeper of the Crown Hotel, Colne. Hugh a butcher, married Sarah Town,
she was the daughter of Nathan Town, butcher of Church Street,
Keighley. Nathan had six son's who were all butchers.
Sale catalogue 1947
for the Atkinson Jowett Estate
plan of house, ground floor left first floor right. Pink
areas show the sections racked with damp, to be demolished in
Yard, coach house to the right
Taken from yorkshirepost.co.uk
Jonathan is the third generation of his family to run Tewitt Hall.
Frank Sharp, his grandfather and a dairy farmer from Airton near
Malham, bought the farm in 1947. At that time, where the farmhouse is
now, was Tewitt Hall.
Built in 1859, the hall had a 50ft tower and Jonathanís records
show it was built by a couple named Israel Thornton and his wife,
Rose, who employed two servants, farmed some 218 acres on what had
been moorland before they vacated the site in 1881. From the
photographs Jonathan shows me, the original hall was an impressive
sight. Sadly in 1977, racked with damp, most of the hall was
demolished. In the years that followed and with a young Jonathan and
his parents Peter and NoŽline then living there, parts of the hall
were slowly restored and added to with new buildings. With his parents
running the farm, the family kept a small dairy herd. When Jonathan
left school the family was milking 90 cows and he joined his father
working on the farm. The pair still work together and next up on the
agenda is automating the milking process by investing in robotic