October 2nd

On 2nd October 1200, King John gave permission for an annual fair at Howden lasting a week; by the 19th Century it had become the biggest horse fair in England, but by 2007 Howden Fair had reduced to a 1-day event.

On 2nd October 1504, Thomas Henrison, husbandman of Skipsea, claimed sanctuary at the church of St John, Beverley, for debt.

On 2nd October 1518, Thomas Weston, a ‘singingman’, from Snaith, claimed sanctuary at the church of St John, Beverley, for debt.

On 2nd October 1541, the Privy Council of England sat in Hull.

On 2nd October 1658, Capt Robert Hildyard of Patrington left £10, half the interest of which was to be used to repair the bell frames, and the other half distributed to the poor for ever. photo shows his memorial in St Mary’s Lowgate, Hull.

On 2nd October 1738, Dick Turpin, alias John Palmer, was arrested for breach of the peace, shooting a gamecock in Brough and threatening to shoot a man. He was held in Beverley, where the JPs committed him to trial at York. It was believed that while living in East Yorkshire posing as a horse dealer, he took frequent trips to Lincolnshire to steal horses. He was hanged in York 7.4.1739. photo – Welton

On 2nd October 1883, Arthur Mallaby Illingworth, aged 7 months, died of scarlet fever. An epidemic had affected Hull since the previous year, killing over 600 people, mostly children under 5.  A brother born the following year, and named Arthur Mallaby Rawnsley Illingworth, died at 18 months, probably of the same cause.

 

June 2nd

On 2nd June 1537, William Wood, prior of Bridlington, Sir Thomas Percy of Leconfield, George Lumley of Thwing and Sir Francis Bigod of Settrington were found guilty of treason and hanged at London’s Tyburn for their parts in the Pilgrimage of Grace.

On 2nd June 1838, Snowden Dunhill, 72 years, died in prison in Port Arthur, Tasmania. He was convicted of receiving stolen goods,   having been sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia in 1823 for theft. He and his family had become notorious at home in Spaldington, near Howden, and after the publication of his life story in 1834 he became famous in England as a latter day Dick Turpin.

 

Pilgr Grace