By: Stanley Merridew
along with most Wharfedale villages was visited by travelling Methodist
preachers from the middle of the eighteenth century.
Grimshaw, Colbeck, Maskew and John Wesley
all preached in the village. One of
those converted at the time was Thomas Lee. Born in Silsden, he served an apprenticeship
in Addingham and became one of Wesley’s travelling band of preachers.
When you have exhausted the
resources of civil registration, census, parish registers and wills it is
worthwhile looking deeper into available parish sources to flesh out the bones
of your ancestors lives. The parish
chest, the historical resting place for parochial documents, normally kept in
either the church itself or the vestry room, contains the administrative papers
of the parish. These include vestry
minute books, overseer’s records, churchwarden’s accounts and a variety of
other records relating to the running of the parish and its inhabitants.
The Band of Hope was started
Its purpose was to discourage, particularly the young, from