Portrait Gallery

Ellen Graham

Eleanor (Ellen) Graham was the only daughter of James Watson Graham and Hannah Turnbull. She was born at the Brightonflatt, Scaleby on 15th March, 1864. She married Thomas Hope, a stone mason, and they had 6 daughters: Hannah, Jane Ann, Ellen, Clara, Ada and Nora. Ellen died at the Brownrigg, Kirklinton on 25th October, 1937, aged 73 years and is buried in Kirklinton Churchyard. In this photograph Ellen, seated, is with her daughter Clara Hope, and her granddaughter, Mary Hope Scott.

Young Ellen

"Last time we were home we went to Kirklinton Churchyard. We took our grandchildren, and pointed out their great great grandmother and grandfather's grave. As my grandfather, Daddy Tom as we called him, was a stone mason, my grandmother, Munny as we called her, had the biggest grave-stone in the yard, so it was easy to find. ---At Red House in Smithfield on the side wall there are about three gargoyles done by my grandfather. My two brothers and I were born in that house.

My grandmother Eleanor Graham I don't remember too well, except when she was ill and lying in bed in the parlour. I also remember when she died and was laid out in the far bedroom at the end of the upstairs passage. All the grandchildren were there, and slept in the middle room on shakey downs. Remember them! We were all put to bed and it was dark. No electicity in those days! As we laid there we saw a little ball of fire go past the door. We all saw it, and to this day we speak of it. One of us whispered, "What was that?", and the reply from my older brother, who was all of eight at the time, and knew everything there was to know, was "It was Munny's spirit". I think we all closed our eyes, and didn't open them again that night.

I also remember seeing from afar the cortege of the funeral with black horses, which had plumes on their heads, and a very ornate type hearse. I think that would have been my grandmother's funeral. I am not sure, but the funeral was from the Brownrigg."

Contributed by Ellenor Scott (Partridge), Sydney, Australia.

Walter Graham

Walter Graham was born in Carlisle, the son of James Watson Graham and Hannah Turnbull. He married Annie Broadfoot in 1896 at Scaleby Parish Church, and they farmed successively at: the Brightonflatt, Scaleby; Banks Hill, Burtholme; Brocklewath, Cumwhitton and Wall Farm, Plumpton. They had 4 children: Hannah (1896-1983), Margaret Winifred (1899-1899), William (1902-1973), and Nora Annie (1905-1994). Margaret Winifred died as an infant of "acute entintis, exhaustion". Walter was very interested in social questions and politics, and was a member of the Penrith Labour Party. He died at Wall Farm on 5th May, 1929 and is buried in Plumpton Churchyard.

George Graham

George Graham (left) was born in August 1868, son of James Watson Graham and Hannah Turnbull. He married Lydia Bell and they farmed at the Brightonflatt. They had one daughter, Ethel (b.1900). Ethel married Tom Harding. Ethel died in 1949 aged 47, and George died on 2nd August, 1954, and was buried on 5th August in Scaleby Churchyard. Graham Harding (below),b.1922, George's only grandchild, continued to farm at the Brightonflatt until his death.

"I used to go down to the Brighton Flatts with mam when I was very young (about 4 or 5), and I always remember seeing a painting, Ethel had done, which was in the barn of all places. To this day I remember it being of brown and white heifers, with so much expression in their eyes. I often wonder what happened to that painting. I used to hear Auntie Ellie, Norah, Ada, Jane and Mam talking about Ethel --- Apparently Auntie Ellie went to school with her, and she came top in every subject."

Ellenor Scott (Partridge), Sydney, NSW.

Richard Graham

Richard Graham (left) was born at the Brightonflatt, Scaleby. He was the youngest son of James Watson Graham and Hannah Turnbull. Richard was very interested in politics, and became a keen supported of the Labour Party. He married Hannah Little and had 6 children, one of which died as an infant and is buried at Lanercost. The remaining 5 children married. They are (1)William who married Nellie Murray & had 2 sons (Murray & Robin). (2)Sarah Jane who married Percy Graham & had 2 sons & 1 daughter (Eric, Allen & Ena). (3)Hannah married Jack Stevenson, and had 2 daughters (Hannah & Audrey). (4)Richard Albert married Maud Violet Graham, and had 2 sons & 1 daughter (Richard Norman, Marion & William James). Maud Violet died young, and Richard Albert remarried. (5)James (Jim of Bat House) married Loveday - & had 3 sons (Richard, James & Andrew).

Richard Graham's daughter, Hannah, pictured here with Lilian, the wife of Richard Norman and their son, Malcolm Norman. There were many Hannahs in the Graham family, and because of her small stature she was known as "Little Hannah".

"Little Hannah" again, this time with her daughter Audrey and her nephew Richard Norman.

Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham was born on 23rd August, 1896 at Church House Scaleby, the daughter of Walter Graham and Annie Graham (formerly Broadfoot). She married William Isaac Robley. They first met when her father was farming at Brocklewath and William was living in Cumwhitton village. They had 3 children: Marian b. 1932, Walter Graham b. 1933 and Anne Noreen Jane b. 1937. Anne died in 1940. Hannah died of cancer in January 1983 and was buried in Cumwhitton Churchyard on 10th January.

Hannah Graham, right, with her best friend Bella Elliot. They met at Great Corby School, as young children, and remained friends all their lives. Hannah was also very close to her cousins, the Hope sisters, daughters of her Aunt Ellen. They met in Carlisle on Saturday mornings for tea and cakes, and always had a 'grand crack'. Most of them were great talkers, and were especially interested in the Grahams and had many stories to tell about them.

William Graham

William Graham was born on the 15th January, 1902 at Banks Hill, Burtholme, the son of Walter and Annie Graham. Walter sent him to Armstrong College, Newcastle to study agriculture and after his death William took over Wall Farm. He married Anne Waiting at Penrith in 1940 and they had 3 children: Mary (?b.1941), William (b.1944) and Roger (b.1950). Soon after Mary's birth, Wall Farm was sold and William and his family moved to a rented farm at Holmwrangle. William retired to Clitheroe, and died there in 1973.

Wall Farm

When I first knew Uncle Willie, he was living at Wall Farm, Plumpton. After my grandfather [Walter Graham] died, which was before I was born, his wife Annie continued to live at Wall Farm with Uncle Willie, who at that time was unmarried. Willie was tall and thin, with blue eyes, red hair and a jolly manner. Annie was lonely, after the death of Walter, so she used to come over to Cumwhitton and take me, and she kept me for long periods. My parents never seemed to oppose this arrangement, so much of my early childhood was spent at Wall Farm with grandma and Uncle Willie.

Uncle William had a fund of jokes. When he met me wandering around the farm he would say, "Why did the chicken cross the road?". "Wrong!". (Whatever answer I gave was wrong). "To get to the other side". Meeting me a few minutes later, he continued, "Why did the chicken walk over the road?". I would venture, "To get to the other side". "Wrong! Because it couldn't walk through it".

He played the fiddle and the piana, and sang the popular songs of the day such as, 'Yes we have no bananas', 'I am standing at the lamp-post at the corner of the street' and 'Show me the way to go home'. When he was milking the cows, and I came near he squirted me with milk. Grandma was always complaining about the state of my clothes, and the waste of milk.

When I think of Wall Farm, it seems like a magic place. I remember the scent of the marigolds in the front garden, and the overwhelming red of the poppies growing among the corn. There was green grass, fields to run in, and the river Petteril flowed past the bottom of the meadow. I used to watch Uncle Willie fishing, and accompany him on shooting expeditions. He liked fishing and shooting, but was no farmer. Uncle Willie had very severe asthma, and had frightening attacks almost every day.

Marian Robley Foster, Cambridge, UK, November, 2001.

Nora Annie Graham

Nora Annie Graham was born on 25th April 1905, the youngest daughter of Walter Graham and Annie Broadfoot. Nora was considered to be a local beauty when she was young. She married Thomas Andrew Beattie on 25th February 1933 and they farmed at Scratchmere Scar, which is on the road between Plumpton and Lazonby.

They had 3 children: Norma (b.1934), Gordon Thomas (b.1935) and (Dorothy) Alma (b.1944). Nora died on 16th May 1994 at the Blackwell Vale Nursing Home, Durdar Road, Carlisle.

Norma, Gordon and Alma, children of Nora Annie Graham and Thomas Andrew Beattie. All three were pupils at Plumpton School, and then at Penrith Grammar School