The villages our Barker ancestors mostly came from were Brompton, Rudston, Wykeham, Hutton
they stretch about a mile distant from each other in a
west east line along the southern edge of the Eastern North Yorkshire
Moors, now a National Park. To the north the
gently, broken with small pretty valleys,
towards the North Riding Forest Park. To the south lie the
flat wetlands rather like fenland where, long ago but in
times, there used to be a lake.
The villages, to both north and south, cluster along the ancient
shoreline of this lake. It was not a huge lake, of the order
miles north to south, and 15 miles east to west. Other family
members were born and lived in the villages on the southern shore line,
(If it's blue and underlined it's a link - you can click on
Don't miss that there may be several pages of photos - click
'next' if you see the word top or bottom.)
put links to various mapping programs so that it was easy
to see what the area was like. However, it seems to be pretty
well covered by the website that has the above photos.
Click on any one
of the links above, you get a set of small photos of the area.
Click on any one of the small photos you get a bigger photo.
Below the photo there is a small map. If you want,
click the map, you get a bigger map. But better is
straight to the links below this map. Don't bother with the
set of links, go to the very bottom right and click on More Links (with
red push pin) and down below you'll see mapping websites. ALL
brilliant, there are all sorts of mapping links, all of which centre on
the place where the photo was taken. (As far as Google Earth
it must already be installed on your computer but the others
all work normally.)
You can of
find photos for any place you choose, just click on search
top left, and enter your place name. You may need to add
Yorkshire if it is a common village name. If you get 1000s of
photos you may want to click on 'refine search' and
the upper section look for 'distance to above' and click the drop down
button next to the 10km default and reduce it to say 1km or maybe 2km.
At Hutton Buscel
this is where my
born, where I spent many of my school holidays and this (the white house
is where my Mum was born at Hunmanby.
Their romance was at the start of the worldwide long
courtship. Previously, you generally married someone who
with walking distance. But my Dad had a bike, and now there
connecting the British end of the family with the rest of the world
were some letters
written by Robert Crosby Barker from Marengo in the
later, to his cousins in Sawdon. The letters can be found here.
account of a voyage to Australia in 1849 by Matthew
can be found here.
Soon after arrival he wrote to his brother in England here.
Barker was raising his family in Brompton when in 1853 Sir
of Brompton Hall launched a glider that carried his footman
183 metres, some 50 years before the Wright brothers, making it the
first recorded flight of a man carrying flying machine, sadly it is
not recorded whether our ancestor was involved.
hope they will not become history for a long time yet, but Gary
Barker and his wife Connie from Montana make
music, to download an
mp3 of them playing and singing one of their own compositions
(Depending on your computer set up, you may need to right click the
link, then select save target, or save link.)
The information on the tree was not, in the main,
researched by myself, but by Don Kenny, Jan Booth, Vicki
Donald Barker, Bill
Humby, David Crosby, and many others, all over the course of many years, and further information was supplied
other family members. Don for example I believe has been
for getting on for 40 years.......