Elvington History




John Bull (London) Saturday 2nd August 1862 Issue 2173 & The Lady’s Newspaper Saturday 2nd Aug 1862 Issue 814
A shocking event occurred at Elvington in the East Riding last week; some labourers on Mr Richardson’s farm were engaged on the clover harvest when a thunderstorm came on. A man named Johnson was struck down by a flash of lightning, which also struck another man named Wills knocking him off the load of hay and setting fire to the hay and cart, the horses were also knocked down, but were soon up and away with the burning load, Johnson also soon recovered and found his companion Wills a blackened corpse.
The poor man had been struck on the head which was split open and the flesh torn from one arm and a portion off one foot. His clothes & boots were completely burnt up.

The York Herald & General Advertiser Saturday December 22nd 1849 Issue 4028
On Wednesday at the house of Mr Moiser, the sign of the Grey Horse Elvington on the body of Robert Wise, the son of a waggoner residing there. The deceased was only 3 weeks old and had been convulsed 2 or 3 times a day since he was born.
He died in convulsions about half past 4 o’clock on Tuesday morning.
Verdict-Died by the visitation of God

York Herald Saturday May 5th 1855 Issue 4304
Runaway farm servant William Wood was charged with having absented himself from the service of his master, Mr William Goodrick, farmer of Elvington on the 28th March. The defendant had stayed out 2 or 3 nights and on the above day ran away altogether, nor had he since returned, except to apply for his wages. In defence, he said that bad living was the cause of him leaving his situation.
The bench however that he had no just cause of complaint and as a warning to others they committed him to Beverley House of Correction for a month of hard labour

York Herald Saturday October 4th 1856 Issue 4378
Obstructing the high road
Joseph Gray, coal hawker of this city was summoned by Heaton, the police constable of Elvington for having wilfully obstructed the highway at that place by allowing a horse and cart on it for an hour and 20 minutes. The officer stated that the defendant left his cart standing in front of a public house, while he went and indulged himself inside. He afterwards came out drunk and refused to give his name. Defendant was told to be cautious in future and was directed to pay the costs amounting to 10s 6d

York Herald Saturday October 29th 1859 Issue 4539
The parish houses at Elvington to be sold by auction. It appears that there are 11 of them, that they are in a dilapidated condition and that they are only partly tenanted. Mr Horsley remained that they are complete nuisances

The York Chronicle Weekly Advertiser Friday 18th December 1772/3
To be sold by auction together or in several lots hereafter mentioned at the house of Mr Sutton Daniel, Innholder, Elvington on Wednesday 4th day of August next between the hours of 2 & 5 in the afternoon (unless previously disposed of by private contract of which notice will be given in this paper) subject to the conditions then and there to be produced.


The Hull Packet & East Riding Times
25th July 1856 Issue 3733

A glorious reception has been given at Elvington Rectory, 7 miles from York, to Capt Roxby, of the 55th Regiment, on his return from the Crimea. We understand that Captain (then lieutenant) Roxby joined the army in the Crimea, from Varna, immediately after the battle of Inkermann; subsequently to which he was constantly with his regiment, which acquired the honorable title of “the fighting 55th”, in every toil and danger- in the trenches, and in the sorties; in the former 10 months. Then came the fearful storming of the Redan, in which Captain Roxby, as appears by the published records of that tremendous assault, bore a distinguished part- having maintained his position with his decimated company, on the parapet for nearly 2 hours, against the cracking fire of an overwhelming force. But the story of that affair, carrying desolution into so many families has now become history. Captain Roxby is a Yorkshireman by birth, having been born at Farnham, near Knaresborough, in the house (then the residence of his father), now occupied by Mrs Saltmarshe, of Saltmarshe. His father is a beneficed clergyman in the metropolis; and the rector of Elvington (the Rev Thomas Maude), with whom he is now on a short visit, is his uncle.

The York Herald & General Advertiser
Saturday 16th March 1850 Issue 4040
- On Monday last, an inquest, was held at Elvington, on view of the body of Mr Thomas Penty, farmer, who was about 35 years of age. On Saturday forenoon, the deceased requested his servant to get him some water to wash himself with, as he said he was going to York. He, however, immediately left the house saying he would be back directly, but not having returned on Sunday afternoon, Mr Burniston, farmer, and some other persons, at 5 o’clock commenced searching for him at the landing near the above village, by the river Derwent. They at length observed the footsteps of some person leading directly into the river, which was searched, and the body of the deceased was discovered. It was proved that the deceased had previously very low spirited, and only on the Tuesday night preceding he said he had a good mind to hang himself. The jury returned a verdict that “ The deceased drowned himself, being at the time insane”