A People's History of Gibside

Photograph taken in 1917 outside the Hall.  Courtesy of James McQueen Huxley.

This started as a lockdown project to find out about the gap between the death of the last Bowes owner (John, creator of the Bowes Museum) in 1885 and the coming of the National Trust, which started in the 1960s.

I got more and more interested in the estate families who worked and lived in and around Gibside, sometimes for several generations.  Starting with Thomas McQueen, who came from Peebles to work as a woodman in 1842, I began constructing a huge family tree on Ancestry showing all the interconnected families I'm aware of so far.  The focus has been on the McQueens, Huxleys, Maughans, Forsters, Cheesemans....  I've been helped enormously by descendants of these people.  If you'd like to have a look at the tree, please email valscully@hotmail.co.uk and I'll send you an invitation.

The book covers the period 1700-2000, and it should be ready by May.  It will be an illustrated larger paperback probably priced at £10. More information coming to this page over the next few days.  Please do get in touch if there's anything at all you would like to share or enquire about.

Thanks very much



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