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Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 198
 Date Entered 19/05/2011
 Updated on 03/04/2012
 Recorded by Stephen Eastmead (admin)
 Category Vernacular Record
 Record Type Mining
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Location Slei Gill
 Civil Parish Arkengarthdale
 Brit. National Grid NZ 019 028
 Altitude 300 M Approx.
 Record Name Miner's Graffiti
 Record Description Images supplied by Mike Kightly from Northampton. Images and supplied information added by S Eastmead. Mike Kightly Email: I have attached photos I took while out walking, the ones on large rock on stream side are about half way up Slei Gill, think there were some on water side as well, other with framed name of Siddle, is a bit further up the gill on side of path, job to see at first, I think there was someone called Siddle up at Booze in the mining days, but not sure.

Information supplied by Alan Mills(SWAAG): I looked at this stone some time ago and tried to identify J Siddle(Image 1 and 2). The only candidate I could find in the 1901 census is: Joseph Siddle, age 16, born Arkengarthdale, working as an Agricultural Labourer in Booze. In 1891 he was living with his grandmother Ann Siddle, widow, 53, at High Green. It seems likely that this is him. Locally, it is said that these stones were carved by those about to leave the dale, due to the lack of work as the lead mining declined. See Census and Family Tree data in images below: Joseph Siddle married Martha Longstaff, Q2, 1920, Reeth Reg'n District. He married at 35, she at 47

Further information from Christine at Joseph was the illegitimate son of Isabella Siddle, and Jonathan Raisbeck (who appears to be living next door in 1891). Joseph was born 11 Jan 1885 and bapt the same day at St. Mary's.
 Additional Notes SWAAG recently received this email:

Hi! Just want to say thanks for the graffiti of Joseph Siddle discussion.
His Uncle Joseph emmigrated to NZ and we are his descendents. Thanks for the little bit of history.
Shireen Schofield Woodville New Zealand.
snsscho 'at'
 Image 1 ID 679         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description J Siddle graffiti
 Image 2 ID 681         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description J Siddle graffiti - negative image
 Image 3 ID 680         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description RHK 1874
 Image 4 ID 686         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description 1911 Census record (
 Image 5 ID 687         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description 1891 Census record (
 Image 6 ID 685         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Family Tree record from
 Image 7 ID 2574         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Image submitted by Tommy Thompson.
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