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Embsay-with-Eastby History Group

Documentary Research with the Embsay-with-Eastby History Group

The Embsay-with-Eastby History Group is a small but dedicated team of UWHG members (some of who live in Embsay) who have set themselves the immense task of researching the history of the township of Embsay-with-Eastby. This “microhistory” project grew out of UWHG’s Whitfield Syke project of 2010-12. The group had been initially formed to investigate documentary sources for the history of the mill whose remains now stand on the northern shore of Embsay Reservoir, near Skipton, and extend onto the fringes of Embsay Moor above. 

Although the UWHG formal report on the Whitfield Syke Mill has now been published, the search for the history of Whitfield Syke Mill proved addictive, and turned up so many interesting historical sources that it was decided the documentary research team should continue their work.


The Embsay-with-Eastby History Group operates within the auspices of the UWHG, and are steadily collecting a wide range of sources on all aspects of the township’s history. The ultimate aim is to investigate a very broad range of topics, but the team is small, so we are focusing on a selection of topics.

If you would like to learn more about documentary research, this is your opportunity. Please contact Jane Lunnon at chrisandjanelunnon@gmail.com.

Survey Field Walls with the Embsay-with-Eastby History Group
Do you wish you knew more about the different types of field walls, gateposts and other boundary features?  The Embsay-with-Eastby History Group are surveying the field walls in Embsay and Eastby and linking them to old maps and other records.  For a flavour of their activities look at their blog. This is outdoor work but not strenuous, and involves gentle strolls recording and photographing walls and similar features. More help would be very welcome. Please contact Jane Lunnon at chrisandjanelunnon@gmail.com.

Annie Erskine’s story

The Great Fire of Embsay

John and Elizabeth Parkinson, Whitfield Sike Mill

Navvy Mission Society

Embsay and World War 1