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Ravenstonedale Tales

Volume Two

Val Fermer


In the first Tale in the second volume: The Tale of the Manchester Migrants, Val shares the stories of the sons and daughters of Ravenstonedale who embarked upon the economic migration to the first indusrial city – Manchester – and beyond. From 1801 to 1851 the population of Manchester increased from 88,577 to 339, 483, and by the 1900s this had increased again to around 700,000. Val explores the historical and social perspective of this economic migration while at the same time revealing fascinating aspects of local Ravenstonedale history. The second Tale entitled The Tale of the G and T’s tells the story of a bankrupt, a marriage of convenience and surprising connections to gin, cricket at Lord’s and horseracing and is the story behind the auction in the early 1900s of over 40 properties in Ravenstonedale and Kirkby Stephen which all belonged to two local families – a story revealed when Val began researching a Sales Prospectus held in the Parish History Group archives.

The third Tale introduces local survivors of the fighting in the First World War – what happened to them during their military service and what happened when they returned to the Parish.


Bank House Press



Publication Date:


250mm x 170mm paperback




Colour and B and W illustrations

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