1871 Census

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
HORN Margaret Head, Widow 73 Farmer Castle Bolton
BECKWITH Tomison Daughter, Married 30 Labourer Castle Bolton
SPENSLEY Ann Daughter, Married 27 Castle Bolton
HORN Ralph Grandson 9 Scholar Castle Bolton
HORN Thomas Grandson 6 Scholar Castle Bolton
SPENSLEY Margaret Ann Granddaughter 2 Brotton, Cleveland
SPENSLEY Elizabeth Granddaughter 1 Barnsby
BECKWITH William Grandson 8m Castle Bolton

Ann Spensley was born Ann Horn, baptized 12 May 1844 in Redmire, daughter of Ralph and Margaret (above, nee Storey). She married George Spensley.

Margaret Ann and Elizabeth above are children of George and Ann. By 1881, this Spensley family is at 39 Globe Street, Kirkdale in Lancashire.

1891 Census

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
SPENSLEY Metcalfe Head, Married 46 Farmer Carperby (partialy deaf)
SPENSLEY Judith Wife, Married 42 Castle Bolton
HARDACRE Sabina Niece, Unmarried 20 Assistant Borders
STANGER Elizabeth Niece, Unmarried 22 Visitor Newcastle, NBL
MIDDLEMISS Alice Servant, Unmarried 20 General Servant Domestic Askrigg
WALKER Thomas Servant, Unmarried 42 General Servant Carperby
LAMBERT Thomas Servant, Unmarried 26 General Servant West Burton
LAMBERT Joseph Servant, Unmarried 22 General Servant Carperby
HANDLEY William Servant, Unmarried 15 General Servant Garsdale

Metcalfe Spensley was the son of Simon Spensley and Ann, nee Metcalfe. On 19 February 1877, he married Judith Horn, the daughter of Jeremiah Horn and Ann, nee Waller. Judith was born 9 July 1848, and baptized in Castle Bolton 24 September 1848. They had one child, John Metcalfe Spensley, born 18 October 1877 in Harmby, and seen with his parents there in 1881.

1901 Census

Name Relationship Age Occupation Birthplace
SPENSLEY Metcalfe Head, Married 56 Farmer Carperby
SPENSLEY Judith Wife, Married 52 Castle Bolton
HEBDEN Ethel Maid, Unmarried 24 Domestic Servant Scotton
PEARSON Amy Servant, Unmarried 17 Maid Constable Burton
SPENSLEY Ernest Nephew, Unmarried 22 Cowman Preston
TERRY Harry Servant, Unmarried 21 Second Cowman Ellingstring
PERCIVAL James Servant, Unmarried 23 Second Horseman Carperby
HODGSON Fred Servant, Unmarried 24 First Herdman Crakehall
WADDALL Matthew Learning Farmer, Unmarried 29 Learning Farming Student Scotland
MATTHEWS Joseph Learning Farmer, Unmarried 19 Learning Farming Student Scotland

Metcalfe's nephew, Ernest is working on their farm in 1901. Ernest was actually Albert Ernest Spensley, born 28 May 1881 at West Derby, Liverpool, son of Christopher Spensley and Sarah, nee Collier.

According to his son, Albert never knew exactly how old he was and the wrong age appears on census returns and his tombstone. He married Annie Preston on 13 May 1903 at St. Mary's, Arkengarthdale. They are buried in Redmire:

In loving memory of Albert Ernest Spensley of Castle Bolton who died 25 October 1943 aged 63 years. Also his wife Annie Spensley who died 19 October 1969 aged 88 years.

©2005 David W.J. Stringer-Calvert