Newcastle Chronicle Saturday 3rd December 1768.

To be FOUGHT for,
At Joseph Garthwaite’s Pit at Trimdon, on Tuesday the 10th January, 1769, FIFTY POUNDS, by Cocks, Stags, and Blenkards, 3lbs. 14oz. the highest.
On Wednesday the 11th, FIFTY POUNDS, by Cocks, Stags, and Blenkards, 4lb. 10oz. the highest.
On Thursday the 12th, FIFTY POUNDS, by Cocks, Stags, and Blenkards, 3lb. 4oz. the highest.
Stags to be allowed One Ounce and a Half, and Blenkards 2oz. To weigh on the 9th of January.

Joseph and Margaret had four children in Trimdon; Jane (1769), Hannah (1771), John (1775) and Bryan (1778). Margaret died in 1796, age 56 , and Joseph in 1820, age 86, both in Trimdon. The Trimdon Land Tax records show that Joseph was the proprietor and occupier of properties from 1785 unto 1810. The same record show that son Bryan took over the family business. He is shown as occupier from 1805 to 1812, and then the proprietor and occupier until 1826.

Jane married Thomas Short in Trimdon in 1798, they had one daughter Margaret in born 1802. After Thomas died in 1805, Jane married Robert Forster in 1807. Robert was a yeoman (freehold farmer with about 40 acres) who farmed Hollin Carr farm, about two miles east of Trimdon. They had a daughter Jane in 1808.

William Gates married Hannah Garthwaite in Trimdon Village on the 27 December 1792. William was born in Durham and baptised in St Oswald’s Church in 1769. On every one of his children’s baptismal records, William is described as a “native of Durham, Cordwainer (shoemaker).” They lived in a house on Front Street North, third house west of Fox and Hounds Inn. The tithe records show a garden of 16 poles behind the house. They had ten children. In addition to being a shoemaker, William was also the Parish Clerk. Despite the fact that the Garthwaites were a well-to-do family, and her husband had his own business, Hannah died a pauper in December of 1852 at the age of 80 years.


Durham Chronicle Friday 23rd February 1849

Deaths: At Old Trimdon, 18th inst. aged 80, Mr. William Gates, many years parish clerk of that place.

John married Elizabeth Best in Sedgefield in November of 1801. As far as we can determine, Elizabeth died in 1809, childless. On the 15 May of the same year, John married Phyllis Chapman in Aycliffe. They had three children: Mary (1810), Bryan (1813) and George (1817). We do not know what John’s occupation was. Sons Bryan and George were that of a railway clerk and tailor respectively.

Bryan took over the family business, he is shown as occupier between 1805 and 1812, then proprietor and occupier between 1814 and 1826. In 1807 when he applied for a game licence, his occupation was “Gent”.


Newcastle Courant Saturday 5th December 1807.

An additional list of Persons to whom Game Licences have been granted by the CLERK of the Peace of the County of Durham for the year 1807.

…..Garthwaite Bryan, of Trimdon, GENT.


We have not had access to the will of Joseph and do not know how he wished his assets to be distributed amongst his family. This could have been the reason that they were advertised for sale by Bryan in 1825. The following advertisments show the extent of their holdings in Trimdon Village, including The Black Bull Inn.

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