Matthew Farndale
25 June 1850 to 27 February 1927 























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Matthew Farndale, son of Martin and Elizabeth Farndale, formerly Taylor (FAR00264) (made her mark) of Fogga baptised 24 July 1850, Skelton, born at Skelton 25 Jun 1850.

(Skelton PR & IGI)

Matthew Farndale registered Guisbro District Jul - Sep 1850

(GRO Vol 24 page 455 - 1837 online)


Matthew Farndale, married Mary A Liverseed Jun 1884 at Stockton District.




Martin Farndale's (FAR00364) two brothers lived nearby; John the next lived at Loftus and worked on the LNER and Matthew farmed at Craggs Hall near Brotton. There is a story that, while living at Tranmire (or possibly before, in August 1879, according to one record), Martin asked Matthew to go and take Craggs Hall for him. On his return Matthew said that he had taken it, but for himself! It was said that when Matthew came back and told Martin what he had done, they both walked back to Kilton Thorpe without saying a word. Martin however always spoke highly of his brother who helped him to get to Tidkinhow, a farm on Wharton estate. It is said that Matthew later lent Martin some money to acquire Tidkinhow Farm and that Martin took this in part as repayment of his previous 'loan' and for the rest, Matthew used to come to Tidkinhow each year for many years to claim the three best lambs as part repayment.





Robert Farndale, born Craggs Hall Farm 20 Aug 1885 (FAR00606).

Ruth Farndale, born Craggs Hall Farm 14 Dec1886 (FAR00619).

Earnest Farndale, born Craggs Hall Farm Mar 1889 (FAR00633)

Herbert Farndale, born Craggs Hall Farm 30 Mar 1892 (FAR00652).

William Farndale, born Craggs Hall Farm 14 Jul 1894 (FAR00665).

(Brotton PR)





Matthew Farndale of Craggs Hall aged about 30, 1880



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Matthew Farndale and his wife Mary Ann (nee Liverseed) at Craggs Hall in abot 1900



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Matthew and Ann Farndale and their family at Craggs Hall in about 1900


William             Robert                                                      Ruth



                         Matthew           Herbert              Ann           Ernest









Matthew Farndale, age 76 at Guisborough District Mar 1927.

(Brotton PR)(DR)



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Gravestone Brotton Old Churchyard;

‘In loving memory of Ernest, beloved son of Matthew and Mary A Farndale of Craggs Hall who died 30 November 1913 aged 24 years. Also the above named Matthew who died 27th February 1927 aged 76 years. Also the above named Mary Ann who died 4th November 1933 aged 77 years. (Therefore Matthew born, 1850/1).

(Mon R)








Cragg Hall Farm is a Farmhouse, probably late C17 with adaptations and alterations through the C18 and C19. Sandstone, mainly laid to courses, with pan tile roof and brick stacks. Plan: derived from longhouse tradition, now referred to as 'false longhouse'. One and a half storey to the west forming the house with washhouse at the western end, single storey to the east containing the cross passage and gable entry byre. The house part of the range has two cells, each with its own stairs to rooms above. Blocked doorways show that the upper rooms of the house, washhouse and cross passage attic were formally interconnected. Exterior, North façade: Two bay house with horizontal sliding sashes at first floor. Ground floor has horizontal sliding sash to right and a three over three vertical sliding sash to left with small fixed light fire window to far left. Left gable wall with stone flagged coping and main stack. Second stack to centre, for inner room. Horizontal building break at ground floor lintel height with slightly better quality masonry above. Single bay outbuilding to right of a building break with single, reduced, ground floor window. Stone flagged coping to left gable wall with low brick stack. Cross passage to left of house covered by single storey outshut with a single window. Byre to left with stone buttress and stone flagged coping to gable. Exterior,South façade: House part of the range has only one opening on the south side: a single small fixed light for the inner room. To the left, at the foot of the inner room stairs, there is a low blocked doorway. To the left of this is the doorway to the washhouse with a small outshut to its left. Entry to the house is via the cross passage to the right of the house. The external door to the cross passage is C20. To the right there is a small four light window. Vertical building breaks between the cross passage and both the byre and house. Building break between the house and washhouse less clear. No apparent horizontal building break to the house to correspond to that on the north façade. Exterior, east gable end (byre): Stable door to left of centreline, unglazed attic window to centre. Exterior, west gable end (washhouse): Small blocked window at attic level to left of central stack. Small C20 fixed light set in blocked doorway to outshut on the right. Building break between outshut and washhouse. Interior, cross passage: Concrete floor. Exposed ceiling joists, of which at least one appears riven, supporting broad planks with rolled edge moulding. Planked doors to both outshut and house, that to the house using narrow planks with bevelled edges. Interior, fore room: Stone flagged floor, exposed ceiling joists with alternate joists riven and sawn, the sawn joists being chamfered. Broad floor boards above with rolled edge detail. Similar broad planks with rolled edge detail used for the screen between the hearth and the door to the cross passage, and for the timber partition with doors for the staircase. Hearth with small cast iron range. Salt box to left. Interior, Inner parlour: Raised timber floor. Exposed ceiling joists, some roughly chamfered supporting narrow floor boards with rolled edge mouldings. Timber partition for staircase with narrow planks with bevelled edge, (similar to those used for the door between the cross passage and fore room). Door between inner parlour and foot of fore room stairs is also planked but uses narrow planks with rolled edge moulding. Interior, washhouse: Brick and concrete surround for a solid fuelled copper built in front of earlier hearth. Interior, byre: Cobble floor. Remains of timber stalls. 

SOURCE: For comparative examples see: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1987 "Houses of the North York Moors".

HISTORY: Construction of yeomen farmsteads following and developing the medieval longhouse tradition (where animals and people shared the roof of a linear building range) continued on the North York Moors up until about the mid 18th century. From the late 17th century, existing and new longhouses developed piecemeal, improving the standard of accommodation for the farmer and increasing the degree of separation from the animals. False longhouses were those examples which were built with separate entrances for people and animals, rather than being adapted from those where the entrance to the byre was originally from the cross passage. Longhouse farmsteads were frequently adapted as the needs and the wealth of the farmers changed over time. House parts were often raised and extended. Outbuildings could come into domestic occupation or be returned to auxiliary use. Accommodation was frequently subdivided to provide for widows or joint heirs (as North York Moors yeomen frequently did not employ primogeniture inheritance), and then recombined at a later date

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Cragg Hall Farm is an example of the continuation of the North York Moors vernacular tradition of longhouse construction. The series of modifications that are still identifiable by the various building breaks in the masonry, blocked openings and styles of internal timberwork, all eloquently demonstrate the evolutionary nature of longhouses through the 17th to 19th centuries. It is this succession of alterations which make Cragg Hall Farm of particular special architectural and historical interest, showing how adaptable the longhouse tradition was to changing tastes and circumstances


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Ann Farndale in front of Craggs Hall in about 1920



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Matthew Farndale, Ann Farndale, Robert Farndale and Ruth Farndale, in front of Craggs Hall, about 1920