You do not have to travel far in the valleys of the Wharfe, Swale or Ure before you come across the Calverts, Ibbotsons, Clarkes, Fawcetts, Coates and Ripleys, though sadly now not represented in ‘our’ study area.
However, difficulties lies not just with the present day absence of names, but in attempting to tie the family name to a patch of land from twelve or more generations ago – it is interesting to know that the ‘brewing farme’ of Robert Constantine held five outhouses – but where in the Kettlewell area?
If we are to attempt to identify the remnants of the ‘1605 outhouses’ then the desktop research would be most beneficial if, in some cases, it confirmed or refuted the observations and conclusions of the field work and the standing ‘evidence’ of today.
A further little complication is when the Crown Survey details that within the 579 acres of meadow and arable land, amid the 53 tenants and their 81 outhouses, Humfry Snell was in this year holding a ˝ house and a ˝ out-house, one can only hope that Edmd. Caytham, with a similar listing, held the missing pieces….