Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby

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Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby
Civil parish
Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby UK parish locator map.svg
Coordinates: 54°26′18″N 0°39′45″W / 54.43833°N 0.66250°W / 54.43833; -0.66250Coordinates: 54°26′18″N 0°39′45″W / 54.43833°N 0.66250°W / 54.43833; -0.66250
Country England
Primary council Scarborough
County North Yorkshire
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Status Parish
 • Type Parish Council
 • UK Parliament Scarborough and Whitby
 • EU Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
Population (2011 census)[1]
 • Total 2,238

Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby is a civil parish in the Scarborough district of North Yorkshire, England, comprising the two villages of Sleights and Ugglebarnby.

A misty day at the Millennium Beacon in Eskdaleside, below Black Brow

According to the 2011 UK census, Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby parish had a population of 2,238,[1] a reduction on the 2001 UK census figure of 2,252.[2]

All Saints Church

The village has a church dedicated to All Saints.[3]

Eskdaleside murder (1841)[edit]

In 1841 the murder of Mrs Jane Robinson (née Wilson 1777) was one of the first cases in which an officer from Scotland Yard was sent to investigate a serious crime in the provinces. A miller, William Hill, had been charged with the murder and acquitted, but Nicholas Pearce traced a Thomas Redhead who had almost certainly committed the offence, but had died of smallpox shortly before Pearce traced him.[4] Jane Robinson (née Wilson) was the daughter of John Wilson of Eskdalegate (1725–1794) and Mary Hall (1743–1832). She was murdered at Eskdalegate.

Venerable Nicholas Postgate's arrest (1679)[edit]

Eskdaleside was host to other events in its history, one being the arrest and later execution in York of an 82-year-old man. His only crime was that of being a Catholic priest.

In 1596[5] the Venerable Nicholas Postgate, a Catholic priest and martyr, was born and lived in a humble home, now called The Hermitage, at Ugthorpe.[6] He studied at Douay College, France, becoming a priest in 1628. He worked secretly as a priest in a wide area of Yorkshire, finally settling back to Ugthorpe in the 1660s.

Although anti-Catholic feeling had subsided a good deal, it flared up again due to the fake Popish Plot of 1678; this followed a false testimony from Titus Oates in which he claimed there was a conspiracy to instal a Catholic king, and he managed to ferment a renewed and fierce persecution of English Catholics. It was to be the last time that Catholics were put to death in England for their faith; one of the last victims - but not the very last - was Nicholas Postgate.

During the panic engineered by Oates, a prominent Protestant magistrate in London, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, was murdered and Oates loudly blamed the Catholics; Sir Edmund's manservant, John Reeves, set out to get his revenge. For reasons which are not clear, he decided to base his actions in the Whitby area, possibly because he knew that priests arrived there from France.

Nicholas Postgate was arrested at Redbarns Farm, Ugglebarnby, where he was to carry out a baptism. Reeves, with a colleague called William Cockerill, raided the house during the ceremony and caught the priest, then aged 82. On 7 August 1679, he was tried for treason in York and then hanged, disembowelled and quartered.[7]

Every year since 1974 an open-air service has been held – alternatively in Egton Bridge and Ugthorpe – in honour of Fr Postgate.[8]