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Great Ayton One Place Study, Yorkshire

Great Ayton One Place Study is the latest addition to the One Place Studies Directory.

Great Ayton lies on the edge of the North York Moors approximately three miles north-east of Stokesley. The River Leven runs through the village.

Great Ayton One Place Study Yorkshire

The village was the boyhood home of Captain James Cook and a museum bears his name. The study includes Little Ayton and the hamlet of Langbaurgh.

The website is well-worth exploring by One Placers as it contains detailed analysis of population, census and includes reconstitution etc. We shall highlight some of these in future articles on our website.


Andersonia in Mendocino, California is the latest United States one place study to be added to the One Place Studies Directory.

After losing his wife in 1902, Henry Neff Anderson purchased 10,000 acres of redwood forest in northern California. He built not only a lumber mill but a small community named after him to house the almost 200 employees he recruited.

Andersonia One Place Study Clalifornia

Unfortunately, Henry died at Andersonia in 1905 following a mill accident. Litigation following his death caused sawmill operation to cease and an earthquake the following year scuppered the chances of the mill being sold to a new owner. Andersonia became a ghost town.

The Andersonia study is hosted by WikiTree.

Thorpe Bassett

Thorpe Bassett in Yorkshire, England is the latest addition to the One Place Studies Directory.

Thorpe Bassett is a small parish lying on the northern edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Its population peaked in 1851 at 207. The 12th century church pictured below is dedicated to All Saints.

Thorpe Bassett One Place Study Yorkshire

The study aims to better understand the close relationship with neighbouring Rillington.

Parish Boundaries

Ever wondered where the historic boundaries were of:

  • parishes?
  • civil registration districts?
  • dioceses?
  • poor law unions?
  • hundreds?

Quickly find them using the 1851 Jurisdictions Map thanks to FamilySearch.

Parish Boundaries 1851 Jurisdictions Map
Parish Boundaries in the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

If you subscribe to Ancestry, then you can also see IHGS County Maps showing not only parish boundaries, but also the dates the parish registers first date from. An extract for the Purbeck area is shown below.

Dorset County Map Parish Boundaries

Simsbury, Connecticut

Simsbury in Hartford County, Connecticut is the latest United States study to be added to the free One Place Studies Directory.

Simsbury Connecticut

The town, originally known as Massacoe, was incorporated in May 1670 and its name changed to Simsbury. One suggestion is that the name of Simsbury comes from the English town of Symondsbury where one of the petitioners originally lived. Another is that it was named after Simon Wolcott, a prominent man in the town, who was known as “Sim”.

Find out more about Simsbury now. The study is hosted at WikiTree.

Somerleyton, Suffolk, England

Somerleyton in Suffolk, England is the latest addition to the One Place Studies Directory.

Somerleyton Suffolk

Somerleyton is a picturesque village which lies on the border with Norfolk. The buildings around The Green were designed for Sir Samuel Peto in 1850 and although the cottages look similar they are each unique.

There was a substantial brick works here which supplied bricks for the building of Liverpool Street Station. Somerleyton has its own station and a rather unusual rail swing bridge across the Waveney. Somerleyton is also the birthplace of the hovercraft designed by Sir Christopher Cockerell who lived there.

Find out more about Somerleyton now.

Watercolour World

Watercolour World online database

Watercolour World have created a free online database of documentary watercolours painted before 1900.

Before the invention of the camera, people used watercolours to document the world. Over the centuries, painters – both professional and amateur – created hundreds of thousands of images recording life as they witnessed it.

Every one of these paintings has a story to tell, but many are hidden away in archives, albums and store rooms, too fragile to display. Watercolour World exists to bring them back into view.

For the first time, you can explore these fascinating visual records on a world map, search for topics that are important to you, and compare watercolours from multiple collections in one place.

Watercolour World hope that this project will not simply preserve the watercolour record but revive it, sparking new conversations and revelations.

Check out Watercolour World now to see if your One Place Study location is featured.

San Giorgio della Richinvelda, Pordenone, Italy

San Giorgio della Richinvelda is the latest addition to the One Place Studies Directory.

San Georgio della Richinvelda

San Giorgio della Richinvelda is located in the province of Pordenone, within the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Northeastern Italy. The commune is situated ​between the Torrente Meduna and Tagliamento rivers, and consists of the towns of Aurava, Cosa, Domanins, Pozzo, Provesano, Rauscedo, and San Giorgio.

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Cuckfield, Sussex, England

Cuckfield is the latest addition to the worldwide One Place Studies Directory.

Cuckfield is a village situated 12 miles from the south coast at Brighton and 38 miles from London, set high on the Weald of Sussex. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside with famous gardens and National Trust properties nearby. 

Cuckfield still keeps plenty of its small country-town character. It is built on the side of a hill with a steep High Street running down to old houses and shops behind which the tall spire of the nine hundred year old Holy Trinity Church rises high above.

Check out the comprehensive Cuckfield website now!

Annaghdown, Co Galway, Ireland

Annaghdown is the latest One Place Study to be added to the free One Place Studies Directory.

Annaghdown is a truly historic place – from the ruins of the monastic settlement and cathedral beside Lough Corrib, to Cregg Mill and the ruins of St Cathal’s Church in the east of the parish, the area is filled with buildings and structures of historical and archaeological significance. 

Annaghdown One Place Study

Find out more about Annaghdown now.

Long Buckby Wharf, Northamptonshire, England

Long Buckby Wharf One Place Study is the latest addition to the One Place Studies Directory.

This one place study aims to research the people and events that shaped the small settlement of Long Buckby Wharf which lies in a rural area two miles west of the parish town of Long Buckby and around three miles east of Daventry. 

Long Buckby Wharf One Place Study

The canal, railway, brewery and inns were the main employers, with agricultural labour featuring quite highly too. The Wharf had a transient population of boating families, some of whom settled here, whilst others just passed through. There are some very distinct family names, with a fair amount of inter-marrying. 

Find out more about Long Buckby Wharf One Place Study now!