The Stokesley Heritage Project

What is it?

(Click to discover the background to the project and the set of leaflets which resulted)

How to Use this Web Site

(Click to view hints on finding topics on this site)



New on this Site (February, 2016)

Thomas Elstob - a newly discovered Stokesley hero?

We thought we had completed our tribute to Stokesley's Fallen some months ago, but it now appears that we may have been mistaken. We have just recently received the image shown on the right from Adam Harland of Harland's Military Antiques. It shows a bronze plaque (sometimes known as a 'Dead Penny') inscribed with the name of Thomas Elstob. Plaques such as these were issued after the end of the Great War, together with a commemorative scroll, to the next-of-kin of the men who had fallen in war zones in the service of their country Adam has a personal interest in militaria of local significance and has also provided us with the information that Thomas Elstob and his mother were residents of Oaklands Terrace in Stokesley. We have therefore now added Thomas Elstob's story to the section on Stokesley's Fallen. See his story by clicking on Elstob T

Thanks also to Adam, we have photos of the actual medals awarded to some of Stokesley's soldiers. You can find more about Adam's business if you click on http://www.harlandmilitaryantiques.com/


Sister Rachel Grainger

We have posted the edited story of Sister Rachel Crosby Grainger and her work at the Manor House hospital during World War 1. See Sister Rachel Granger

We heartily thank Vicky Tomlinson, a grand-daughter of Rachel, who provided us with much additional material including some excellent photos, (as well as correcting our errors in the previous version!)

We are also in the process of creating a new section on the hospital itself and would welcome input from visitors to the site - photos especially welcomed

All information supplied will be credited to the provider!

Henry Farrow Mudd

Last May we said we would be most grateful if readers who can supplement our information would contact us by email at moc.loa|gatirehyelsekots#moc.loa|gatirehyelsekots.

As a result we were contacted by Anthony Wilson, grand-nephew of Henry Farrow Mudd (The Fallen). See the photos and 1918 letter he provided for us at Mudd H F!

And there is more! See Henry Farrow Mudd - Pioneer of Recorded Church Music Thanks Tony!


The Preston Grammar School

The book that went around the world

Right - John Schubert of Victoria, Australia with a book given as a prize in 1871 at the Preston Grammar School (Stokesley)
Click on Edmund Barker's Prize to learn more about this incredible story.


Left - Portrait of Lady Mary Ingilby from Ripley Castle - Copyright Sir Thomas Ingleby

We thank Sir Thomas for sending us this photograph showing the lady whose marriage into the Ingilby line brought about a family link with the Preston family. Read more about her (and the way the link affected the school) at The Preston Grammar School and John Preston senior

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