November 21, 2017

Claxton and Sand Hutton Heritage Group

Report on Field Walking Trip in Claxton CLICK HERE (link opens in new window)

The Claxton and Sand Hutton Local Heritage Group came into being under the auspices of the Parish Plan, prepared and adopted in 2008. This small embryonic group has produced a Local Heritage Trail, much of it centred on the history of the Walker family of the 19th century Sand Hutton Estate and Hall. 

A Local Heritage Open Day at the Village Hall in June 2009 was very well attended, and many memories were shared! A major attraction was a unique scale model of the Sand Hutton and Claxton goods and passenger light railway, in operation in the 1920’s and long since gone (click here for details)

On October 21st 2009, local author Edward Waterson gave an illustrated talk on the Walker family, Sand Hutton Hall and other lost houses of East Yorkshire.

In January 2010, we were treated to a fascinating account of the renovation and innovations at nearby Howsham Mill.

This was followed by an Annual Heritage day in May 2010; this provided another opportunity for local residents and guests to walk the Heritage Trail, with an accompanying audio visual presentation in the Village Hall.

During the afternoon, guided visits were made to :

St Leonard’s Ruin, Sand Hutton

Claxton brickponds


Remains of the flue of the Hoffman Barrel Arch brick kiln and wind pump

The Group feels strongly that every opportunity should be taken to increase local knowledge through the reminiscences of long time residents. To this end, Brian and Dot Mills, Alan Kerridge and Jenny Whitely shared their memories with us at a ’Down Memory Lane’ gathering in the village hall on Wednesday 14th July 2010. A warm hearted and memorable evening was had by all!

In November 2010, a film evening was hosted by the Yorkshire Film Archive, providing us with some poignant and memorable reminiscences of Yorkshire life generally in the 50’s and 60’s.

Early in 2011, the Group invited community archaeologist Jon Kenny to talk about projects being undertaken by other local history groups. He gave us some valuable ideas on how we might develop our interests, such as planning a field walking session with villagers.

Discussions are being  held  on how we might begin to use the extensive research material acquired from local historical maps, census surveys and trade directories. Using this information, the group hopes to be able to compile a development plan of the villages back to the 19th century.

A Coffee, Chat and Copy morning was held on Saturday 10th September 2011 to encourage villagers to bring in plans, photographs of their houses and gardens  before and after renovation:

A red hot photocopier! …….  

Manor Farm, Claxton 1963…

Several artefacts of historical interest were also on display

A second ‘Down Memory Lane’ evening was held in the Village Hall on Friday 7th October 2011, with Michael Dryland, Harry Hall and Jenny Whitely reminiscing in the’ parlour’:

Many amusing anecdotes were told of life in and around the villages and of the last days of Sand Hutton Hall!  

This was accompanied by Bill Heath’s presentation of historical photographs  from the archive, including some ghostly images of past estate workers  reappearing in the grounds of the Hall! 

The Group continues to prepare an  archive of oral histories through an ongoing programme of  interviewing present and former residents of the villages, and is  currently planning future events for 2012, including a repeat Yorkshire Film Archive evening.

Our Group  contributes news of its activities to the Timeline York Plus network of local history groups and is represented at local Timeline and archaeological meetings.

The Group continues to prepare an  archive of oral histories through an ongoing programme of  interviewing present and former residents of the villages.

Another highly successful Yorkshire Film Archive meeting was held on Wednesday 14th March 2012. Some  19th Century footage was shown followed by  a chronological sequence  of town, country and school life through to the 1960’s and 70’s, including footage of the last scheduled  mainline steam service on the Pickering –Whitby line, and  appropriately, the Coronation celebrations of 1953.

Tuesday 29th May 2012: Sir Robert Walker’s minature railway engine -Synolda – arrived in  Sand Hutton

The 15inch gauge minature railway engine, ‘Synolda’, purchased by Sir Robert Walker in 1912,  came home to Sand Hutton School , on route to the National Railway Museum major ‘Railfest’ event

full story at

http://www.nrm.org.uk/AboutUs/PressOffice/PressReleases/2012/May/Synoldabirthday.aspx

More  photos of Synolda at

http://photoreflections.co.uk/heritage-group/synolda-visit-s-sand-hutton/

Contacts

Our Group  contributes news of its activities to the Timeline York Plus network of local history groups and is represented at local Timeline and archaeological meetings.

Much of our local history is documented in the millennium publication ’Claxton and Sand Hutton-Reflections’. For further information about the Group and its activities, please contact Anne White 468550

For detailed information on the material gathered by the group, please access Bill Heath’s website: http://www.lawnswood.co.uk/introduction-1.html

On Monday 14th July 2014, the Claxton and Sand Hutton Heritage Group joined forces with Class 3 of Sand Hutton School and their teachers to commemorate the start of World War One. Pupils  placed a  wooden cross in each of fourteen pots of poppies placed around the Village War Memorial  in remembrance  of the fallen from the two villages. Pupils made a special dedication to a former headmaster of their school, David Joy, Sergeant 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment,  who was killed in action in 1915, aged 35 years.