When you live in an old house – and you have more time, you do begin to wonder who lived here, or, who walked in the garden, where I spend a lot of my time.‘Who lived here’ was made easier by a Trotter family tree given to us by a previous owner, and online access to Census records from 1841 onwards; but that is only the beginning as anyone who has delved into local history will know – one thing leads to another…
These pages remember some people that have interested me, not all born here but certainly with a connection to this place…
Thomas Wright 1711 -1786 ’native of Byers Green natural philosopher ‘ may be the most famous - astronomer, designer, landscaper. inventor, mathematician, teacher returned here to Byers Green in 1762 to build a house and garden where he was born when he could have settled in so many other places. His view is very much the one from Hall Farm Cottage.
Other ‘natives’ of Byers Green are a farmers son Sir Percy Cradock 1923-2010 an eminent diplomat and school masters son Harold Orton 1898 – 1975 a world renowned dialectologist.
Bill Colley dates was an amateur historian who had the foresight to leave his extensive collections with Durham County Record Office.
Doctors have been resident at the Old Hall for 100 Years.
The last resident doctor of Byers Green S.D. Jouhar 1901 – 1963 much better known as a world renowned photographer.
Not forgetting John Bowman , and his father before him, also John ,who ran a school at The Old Hall in the 1700’s educating pupils like the Tailyour boys from Jamaica.