Waitgate Farm is near Richmond, Yorkshire, England
Photo courtesy of David E. Brown
was born to John Brown and
Ann Dodds on 20 March 1777 at Waitgate Farm near Richmond, Yorkshire,
England. In the old parish records Joseph spelled his home hamlet
"Wedgate". The Church of England warden who transcribed
the Kirkby-Ravensworth parish register in 1777 spelled it "Wadegate".
Waitgate farm doesn't appear
on modern maps, but can be found on very old maps. The farm is on
top of the North Yorkshire moors and is on land owned by the UK
Ministry of Defence. It is used by the army as a practice range.
Bear in mind the area is comprised of many square miles of moorlands
and if a red flag is displayed in a particular part, you don't go
there unless you want to possibly get shot. There is a single track
road over the moors and you can go miles without seeing a farm or
house, just soldiers on maneuvers.
Finally the farm ruins will appear. The farmer
who last farmed there left the farm in 1940 when the army compulsory
purchased the land for army use. At that time there was another
farm house just a few yards from the remaining building but that
was demolished in 1950. The original building was probably built
around about 1720. It is probable that the early tenants or owners
would have lived in the original building and that the other farm
house was built at a later date.
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The road to Waitgate farm.
Waitgate farm on the horizon.
The old Waitgate farm house.
Brown and family visiting Waitgate farm.
Godfrey Ellis knocking on the door.
The Knarled old oak lintel.
The view from the farm of the moors.