• Latest Updates

    November 23rd - Page width and realignment of pictures and text
    November 22nd - Organisations - Cricket mainly and others
    November 18th - School pre/post WW2
    November 5th - Restructured categories, Church + Freedom's Mill & Mechanics (in Buildings)
    November 1st - Anchor Inn
    October 31st - School (pre WW2) & Events
    October 11th - Dove Inn + School photos
    October 2nd - News and Recent Activities
    September 29th - Some School Photos
    September 5th - Starr Inn, after 2nd train-in
    August 28th - more pub pictures after 1st train-in
    August 8th - some pictures of the pubs added

    For earlier updates click on 'Latest Updates'

  • Summerfield

    'My grandfather, Jack Keighley, bought Summerfield in summer 1937. The family owned the right hand side and the Simpsons owned the left.  Grandfather renamed it Summerfield after the house my grandmother grew up in. That was in Stanningley.
    My father said that Mr Simpson had a draper’s business which would tie in with your description. However the roof lines on the neighbouring properties have changed so it doesn’t look quite the same (perhaps they were modified to raise the roof height in the bedrooms).
    To the side of my grandfather’s house were some stone steps. Above these were two lofts and a cobbler's business had been run in one of them. 


  • Main Street

    Main Street used to be called Skittergate

Welcome to Bishop Monktons' History.

Welcome to the Bishop Monkton Local History Group Website. We are compiling pictures, maps, personal stories & all kinds of memorabilia about this historic village & you are very welcome to add to the resource if you can.

Bishop Monkton dates back beyond the Viking era but starts to become important just after the Norman Conquest. Archbishop Thurstan had a manor house here and in 1132 monks from St Marys Abbey in York stayed there over Christmas on their way to founding Fountains Abbey. Even then the Manor of Monkton, known as Munchetone, was a parcel of ancient possessions of the Archbishop of York.

But the site is not just about ancient history, there are pictures, records & many items about the everyday life of the village over the past 150 years. Please come in & see what you can find, who knows you might meet your ancestors.

We are a group of locals who are building up a record of life in our beautiful village, These's been lots of work done finding out about the way we used to live here & you'll find people, documents, photos and maps here.

We'd really like to encourage everyone who has any connection with the village from whatever part of the world to look into their own records & contribute anything they believe would be interesting; photos & documents certainly, but personal histories & memories would be really welcome. This is not an official document but should be able to show what life was like here to generations to come.

So please, get searching the attics & photo albums or persuade your relatives to give us their personal stories.

Happy Hunting


See 1943 RAF Log Book of a villager

on the Bishop Monkton Today website - by clicking here

If you have any information for us use the contact page or the guestbook of this website or email me directly on BishopMonktonYesterday@gmail.com