Ramsgill Farm, Ilkley.


INDEX and NOTES to 1847 map of RAMSGILL

This is derived mostly from information kindly supplied by a Workers' Educational Study Group in Ilkley.
The name "Ramsgill" evidently means the small valley [ghyll] of the Ramsons, i.e. Rams or Wild Garlic.


30        Ramsgill house, barn and premises
31         Ramsgill cottage and garden
10        Low pasture
15         Road
16         High meadow
32        New field
38        Intake
39         Intake


1. Beyond low pasture (on the north side of the main road) there was also part of a small wood which belonged to the farm.

2. Ramsgill house (alongside Ramsgill beck) has evidently since been demolished, and the barn is now a house called Oak tree barn.

3. Ramsgill cottage remains but has been extended on the east side. This probably belonged to "Woodhouse" rather than "Ramsgill".

4. William Greenwood owned Netherwood House (26) and fields 17, 17a, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27a, 27, 28a, 28, 29 (plantation), 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37.

5. William Bolling Trustees (overseas) owned fields 12, 18, 19, 25 (pig croft), 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, and the lane (47).

6. The portion of Ramsgill farm land in Ilkley Parish on the east side of Ramsgill beck was 27 acres whereas the entire farm, which included land in Addingham Parish on the west side of Ramsgill beck, totalled 45 acres. The farmland was evidently all grassland apart from the small wood.

7. The Rushworth's are known from Ilkley Parish Church records to have farmed Ramsgill for at least 3 generations:
        i. Thomas Rushworth (or Rishworth) (1704-1771) [my great5grandfather] was a yeoman (i.e. farm owner) and carrier of Ramsgill and Little or Lower Woodhouse. He was churchwarden in 1735 and an overseer in 1749. He voted in 1741 as a landowner in Ilkley.
        ii. Thomas's son, John Rushworth (1734-1820) was a yeoman farmer and grazier of Ramsgill, Woodhouse and/or Crayshaw.
        iii. John's son, Thomas Rushworth (1779-1869) was a yeoman farmer of Ramsgill and/or Crayshaw. In 1838 White's Yorkshire Directory listed him as "of Ramsgill" amongst other "resident gentelmen and yeomen" including William Greenwood of Nether Woodhouse. In the 1851 census John Rushworth described himself as "proprietor of 45 acres", in contrast to the 1861 census where he described himself as "farmer of 42 acres" with the occupation of "labourer". It is interesting to note that Thomas's daughter-in-law was Isabella Holmes, and one wonders if she was a descendant of the John Holmes who first established Ramsgill from waste land in 1598.

8. According to Collyer and Turner in "Ilkley:Ancient and Modern" (1885), Woodhouse was sometimes called Crawshay after Richard Crawshay (?-1676) of Woodhouse. His son Richard (?-1721) was yeoman of Nether Woodhouse, and his son John (?-1716) was yeoman of Woodhouse. Are Crawshay or Crayshaw, Ramsgill, Nether (or Little or Lower) Woodhouse and Woodhouse different farm houses in essentially the one complex and sometimes referred to differently? Kate Mason says that the present big house at Nether Woodhouse was built in about 1780 by William Middleton.
Incidentally "Ilkley Ancient and Modern" gives a family tree of the RUSHWORTHs at page 235, but the Ramsgill Title Deeds show this to be wrong.

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