Scaleby Hall

There is an inscription over the doorway which reads WG & IG 1681 (William & Jane Graham). Scaleby Hall was sold in the early 1830s, and Henry Farrar built the present Scaleby Hall on the land, and renamed the old Hall, Scaleby Hall Farmhouse. It is a rambling building, and the suggestion has been made that it was built in three stages.

Only the Brightonflatt remained from the Graham heritage, and according to the 1871 census it was quite small. The then owner, William Graham, is described as, "a landowner and farmer of 50 acres employing one man". This man was his nephew, James Watson Graham, who lived there with his wife, the former Hannah Turnbull, and his young children. James inherited the Brightonflatt at William's death.

Isaac Scott, pictured with his wife Clara Hope.

"We as a family lived there for a while, and my Dad [Isaac Scott] had a weird experience in that house. One Saturday morning, whilst having breakfast, he heard the sound of a horse's hooves on the cobblestones of the yard. There was a tap at the door, which was made with the crop, and Dad went to the door and nobody was there. The following Saturday the same noise was heard, and Dad went again to the door, and this time it was someone to tell him that his brother [Joseph] had died. Joseph died in the 'flu epidemic of 1918."

contributed by Ellenor Partridge, Sydney, NSW


This is where William Graham, son of Walter Graham, and grandson of James Watson Graham, lived in the 1940s and 50s. His 2 younger children, William and Roger, were born here and his eldest daughter, Mary, died at Holmewrangle.

When Wall Farm was sold, I lost my second home but I still visited Holmewrangle because it was only a few miles away from Cumwhitton. I loved to play with my cousin Mary who was just beginning to walk. No one was sure whether she should be doing this, because Mary was a "blue baby". She was seriously ill, and not expected to live long. She knew nothing of death, however, and she laughed a lot when we praised her and told her how clever she was to be walking already

When I was young messages were delivered by the local bus driver, and one day when I was at home at Cumwhitton, he stopped the bus at our gate, and came up the path and told us that Mary had died. I knew she was sick, but it was still a shock when what could happen changed into what had happened. She was one year and ten months.

Mary was buried in Cumwhitton Churchyard beside my little sister. Grandma said she liked to think of them lying together

Anne's name is on the same gravestone as my parents - Anne Noreen Jane Robley. Mary's grave is unmarked. I must be one of the few people who remember Mary Elspeth Graham.

Mary Elspeth Graham lies in an unmarked grave next to Anne Noreen Jane Robley.

Contributed by Marian Robley Foster

Little Corby Farm

Richard Graham moved to Little Corby Farm from Brocklewath, where he was farming with his brother, Walter. He rented it and his son, Richard Albert, later bought it. Richard Norman, the son of Richard Albert sold the farm in 1959 and moved to his present farm at Hetherside, Kirklinton with his wife Lilian Conelly Graham. The house is now a private home, and no longer a farm.

There is a ghost in that house. In my father's day (Richard Albert) we had a housekeeper called Dot Watson, and a farm man named William Hall. They got on well together, and in time they married. One night everyone was asleep in bed, and Willie & Dot were in their room at the top of the stairs, on the right. They woke to hear heavy footsteps coming up the stairs. Dot was very frightened and began to cry. Will got up and the commotion woke my father. Together they began to search the house. They looked everywhere, including the cellars, but found no one. Dot & Willie said it was not their imagination. The footsteps were clear and loud.

All that we could conclude was that we had a ghost.

Contributed by Richard Norman Graham, Hetherside, Kirklinton, May, 2002.

Banks Foot

It is not known exactly when Walter and Richard Graham moved to the Banks, but they were both there at the time of the 1901 census. Richard lived at Banks Foot. He is described as a farmer, aged 29 living with his wife Hannah (28), his son William (3) and his daughter Sarah J(ane) (1). Walter's residence is not named, but he too is described as a farmer, aged 34, living with his wife Annie (28), and daughter Hannah (4). There was also a servant (ploughman), William (Graham?), at the same address. Walter and Annie were to have a son, William, born 15th January, 1902 and Walter, when registering the birth, gave his address as Banks Hill, Burtholme.