Northern Get-Together

A day conference at Great Ouseburn, part of Boroughbridge WAW, to discover a WAW town and meet regional WAW friends to exchange ideas.

1 Intro
Welcome from the Boroughbridge organisers
2 Intro, Ann
Ann contemplating putting her boots on
4 Churchyard
Delegates enjoying a ‘Walk with the Brontes’ in lovely sunshine. The churchyard of St Mary’s Church was the start and the end of the walk. The obelisk in memory of Dr John Crosby, a good friend of Branwell Bronte who stayed in the area, as did his sister Anne. For the full walk details see:
5 air disaster
Our guide shows us the field where an RAF De Havilland Flamingo R2764 of 24 Squadron crashed on 30th April 1942. This aeroplane was carrying two Air Ministry staff and four high-ranking Russians and the accident is thought to be the largest single loss of Russian lives on English soil.
6 air disaster
Plaques commemorating the air accident
7 Kirby Hall
The last vestiges of an extraordinary estate: Kirby Hall was demolished in the 1920’s but in the distance some of the service buildings can still be seen. It was still a fine Palladian-style mansion when Anne Bronte used it as an influence for Ashby Hall in her novel Agnes Grey, published in 1847.
8 KirbyHall gate
The main entrance on the other side of the estate.
9 Moat Hall
The splendid wrought iron gates of Moat Hall
10 Moat Hall
Walkers paused at Moat Hall, which goes back to 16th Century.
12 Holy Trinity graveyard
In Holy Trinity graveyard

13 Holy Trinity

11 Dave Rigby


Holy Trinity Church. A new friend in the WAW group turned out to be an old friend in disguise… Dave Rigby, formerly of Brampton, was the representative of the unapologetically unpronouncable Golcar and Slaithwaite WAW Group. Here he is with Ann Oswin from the Brampton group. If you want to see what brilliant work Dave and friends are putting into these two little towns, go to








14 bridge
In the Bronte’s days,Ouse Gill Beck was much wider, forming a lake on both sides of the bridge.

15 bridge16 meadow

16a meadow
Looking across the old water meadows to the church.
17 Anne Bronte
Looking across the old water meadows to the church.

18 Anne Bronte

18 elephant
There was an elephant in Great Ouseburn. This driveway plaque at the circus owners old house commemorates it.
19 old
Houses in the town are OLD…
20 wisteria
…and very attractive.

21 old police hse22 old hse

23 St Marys



St Mary’s Church, back to where we started















24 waiting for jerry
After an enjoyable buffet lunch, there was a presentation entitled ‘The Importance of 2026 the saving of our public footpaths’. This talk was given by the well-known solicitor and campaigner Jerry Pearlman MBE, an expert on countryside issues, especially rights of way, for over 40 years with a wealth of knowledge, expertise and passion about this subject. His delivery was very entertaining.