Village History

History Links

Just a compilation of links about the village – just to get you started. Note that these are ordered by resource not chronology. You can also browse some Images of Ebberston complied from a mix of old postcards as well as villagers’ own photos. Lots of ‘then and now’ images.

Also check out a few of our history blog posts : https://ebberstonvillage.wordpress.com/category/history/

Why Ebberston?

Now called Ebberston, the village name has been spelt in a variety of ways over the centuries. Edbriztun(e) (1086), E-, JEdbri(c)hteston (1163), Edbriston (1185-95), Edbreston (1254), Ebreston(a) (1114-9), Ebriston(e) (1202).

The earliest recorded name is from the Domesday book (dated 1086) : “Edbriztune” meaning the farmstead (tun) of a man called Eadbriht/Eadbeorht (a common Old English name)

(Source: A.H. Smith 1979 The Place-names of the North Riding of Yorkshire, English Place Name Society)

External Links

British History Online entry for Ebberston

The Ebberston bomb!

Ebberston Hall (Historic England listing)

Ebberston listing in the GENUKI genealogy pages

Ebberston with Allerston, Yorkshire Genealogy

Embanked pit alignments, linear earthworks, round barrows and cairns on Ebberston Low Moor (Historic England listing)

Forge Valley railway

Search for Ebberston in the Heritage Gateway – listings and scheduled monument information

Hinderwell’s 1798 account of Ebberston

Medieval settlement to the south of Ebberston Hall (Historic England listing)

Pictures of England – Ebberston

Saxon Battle

St Marys Church (Historic England listing)

Notable residents

Claude Martin Bradley – Yorkshire’s “secret” Sideshow Artist

Frank Henry Mason (artist)

‘Squire’ Osbaldeston (sportsman). Also has his own Wikipedia entry. There is a portrait and history of him here too.

Margaret de Wend-Fenton and West de Wend-Fenton – his obituary also has some colourful village history (but need to register to be able to view)