Welcome to this resource about "Victorian Ouseburn" George Whitehead's Journal.  George was born in 1824 and lived in the village of Little Ouseburn in North Yorkshire.  He was a joiner, wheelwright and farmer.  He wrote up an account of his observations, both personal and also from newpapers as a series of journals from around 1840 to 1909.  His writings provide a fascinating insight into the day to day  life of the 19th century, including accounts of the movements and activities of people in his community.
 
George's Journals are available thanks to Helier Hibbs, who discovered the journals, edited them and then published the Jounals as a book in 1990.
 
This website is intended to provide a resource where information from George's journals can be shared and made available to  a wider audience.
 
I'm a direct descendent of George Whitehead, further details on the family tree link.
 
I hope that you find this resource interesting, any comments or additional information is welcome.  It is intended that the resource will be further developed over time, so please visit again.
 

Journal Quotes of the Week

Here you'll find various random entries that George Whitehead made in his journal, changed on a regular basis.
 
Page 61
a - Richd Sadler (Blacksmith) finished work for us Jany 1st he left Little Ouseburn and went to a shop at Forest Lane head to be his own master,  Jan 6th 1853
 
b - Wm Mason began of keeping the the Tom and Jerry at bottom end of Little Ouseburn January 6th (Richard Sadler left it) 1853
 
c - That part of Gt.Ouesburn Workhouse which is blue slated built in 1852 and finishd of in 1853
 
f - Christies bought Kirk Hammerton Hall back end of 1852
 

Expensive Book!

I found an online book seller called Kenworthy Books who is offering a copy of this Journal for £120.00.  
 
Whitead, George Victorian Ouseburn: George Whitead's Journal
0951636502 Used; Very Good 
lightly read copy in very good condition. Binding tight - clean and uninscribed copy of this scarce title. 
Price: 120.00 GBP
 
Later on I intend to provide a list of libraries in the Yorkshire area that  have copies of the Journal available.
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