The Revd Dr Michael Wright

Hensall Book







Hensall Book



Why write a book now?


Partly because the Hensall Times was so well received. Having lived in the village for almost 30 years, I was in the fortunate position of knowing the rhythms of village life and the interests of friends and neighbours. To date, almost 200 people have supported the magazine in one way or another - either as sponsors, advertisers, suppliers of documents, oral histories, images or other artefacts. The development of a village archive is well under way and meetings have been held for people interested in local history.


Hensall village, however, is at an interesting point in its transition from a small-knit agricultural community to a broader, high-tech and mobile population. In the recent past the community included landowners, farm and railway workers, cattlemen and servants. There were dressmakers, shoemakers, farriers and maltsters. Residents could find employment in the village. Goods and produce travelled by water and rail as well as by road. Sport flourished and churchgoing was a prime activity on the Sabbath. Today, the village is transformed. Gone are many of the inter-related, close-knit families along with their farms, the forge and the heavy horses. The motorway network has attracted both commuters and new businesses. Yet despite the changes and the movement in to and out of the village, there remains a nucleus of people who experienced our village life in different times. This mix of old and new – of long-standing and recently arrived residents - brings a rich blend of outlooks, experiences and contributions which are to be acknowledged and welcomed.


 The purpose of the book ‘Hensall Then and Now’ is to record, publish and celebrate the many facets of our village life, both current and historical. It is not about looking back and valuing everything that is old. Rather, it’s about creating a picture of our community as it now is: a colourful tapestry of interwoven threads that’s inclusive, truthful and affirming.


Who can be involved?

Everyone – whether near or far – who has a connection to the village is invited to contribute. I’m interested in collecting stories, memories and pictures that capture an event or moment in time which sticks in the memory. All contribution will be gratefully received and properly acknowledged.


Some areas of interest (images and memories)


Aerial views; Anchor Inn; Anglican Church; Buildings; Builders; Church Organisations (Methodist and Anglican); Clergy; Cottages (including Old Top End); Events; Farming; Farm Houses; Farm Equipment; Fetes and Galas; Malt Shovel; Maps;  Methodist Church; Quarries; Railway; Railway workers; Railway Hotel; Street Scenes; Special Occasions; Sport; Transport; School; School Teachers and Staff; Steam Mill; Maltings; Maltsters; Vehicles; War Years; Weddings; Wood Yard.


Next steps?

If you’d like to be involved, please contact me, either via telephone +44 (0)1977 661900, or through my Facebook page . It will be lovely to hear from you.





The idea of a book charting the way of life in Hensall, a small village of some 350 dwellings and around 800 people in the County of North Yorkshire, arose from work undertaken after the launch of the Hensall Times in 2010. This new magazine, delivered to every address three times a year, was designed to celebrate the life, history, interests and stories of our small but interesting community. The links below give a flavour of the articles and images.


Hensall Times Articles

Breaking New Ground: A magazine about Hensall for the people of Hensall   click here

Bob Triffitt’s Nature Watch Number 1    click here

Revd Edward Bryan: the divisive vicar of Hensall click here

We Will Remember Them    click here

Diary of a Land Girl   click here

Cycle Sport: Living the dream    click here