& 43, Market
earliest historical evidence we have for this small charming building arises
from Thomas Fawcett’s drawing
dated as 1817. The picture shows a
double-fronted two-storey Brockram and rubble building, then with a central doorway which is now two small
shops, each with its own doorway. The building has a chimney at each end
of the stone flag roof in a row of thatched buildings.
Fawcett says it is the New Inn belonging to I. Bainbridge. Isaac
Bainbridge is listed in historical trade directories in 1829
at the New Inn but not by 1851.
only information we have been able to find for Isaac Bainbridge in the parish
registers is a death in East Ward, Westmorland in 1837.
This might explain why the inn does not appear to have continued after
the 1830’s but it has not been confirmed that this is indeed the same man.
Isaac Bainbridge occupied land in Hartley owned by John Hunter in 1823.
Much later in 1884, an I.
Bainbridge, draper was on the jury for the Candle Factory fire inquest.
Interestingly, Snotterton Hall,
which stood about a mile to the west of Staindrop bears the arms and crest of
Baynbridge over the entrance door. This mansion, possibly previously a fortified
manor house, was of late gothic style. Bainbridge’s are said to have owned the
hall from at least 1469 and sold by George Baynbrigg [sic.] to the Ewbank family in 1607.
The house was pulled down in 1831 but a portion is preserved in the
present Raby Grange farmhouse. In
2007, the house was again called Snotterton Hall in the hands of Bill and Sheila
Thompson. The Thompson family have owned the building for over 150 years.
Further historical records show Bainbridge families in the wider area
including Waitby, Soulby, Smardale and Crosby Garratt and the surname possibly originated from Bainbridge, North
tradition has repeated that after Bainbridge’s time, Lord Lowther used the
building as a private drinking den when entertaining shooting parties in the
area. This description would
fit Hugh Cecil Lowther, 5th Earl of Lonsdale, (25 January 1857 – 13 April
1944), the “Yellow Earl” who is said to have “devoted his wealth to a life
of ostentatious pleasure” which included sports and entertaining royalty.
However, this Lord Lowther inherited in 1888 from Viscount Lowther,
George Henry Lowther, 4th Earl of Lonsdale (4 October 1855 – 8 February 1882),
he in turn inherited in 1876, it is therefore difficult to tie the legend down
to which Lord Lowther.
south side of the building has bricked up openings and a possible coal hatch.
The structure is curved as it follows the alley to allow extra room for
small horse drawn vehicles entering Arcade Royal yard.
The current two small shops are now (2020) occupied by the businesses The
Beauty Rooms and Eden Outdoors
SWAILES Alec and Anne, 1985. Kirkby Stephen, Titus Wilson & Son
Ltd. Page 141-2 (reprint now available)
WHITE William & Co., 1829. History, Directory
& Gazetteer of Cumberland & Westmorland, Edward Baines & Son
PIGOT James & Co., 1834. National
MANNEX & Co., 1851. History & Directory of Westmorland, W.B.
ENGLAND & WALES DEATH RECORDS 1837-2007, East Ward, Westmorland,
HARTLEY, KIRKBY STEPHEN, WESTMORLAND - Names from the Land Tax Assessments,
THE GATEHOUSE RECORD, http://www.gatehouse-gazetteer.info/English%20sites/1016.html
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