Brawby

Brawby UK (Unknown Kingdom)

The ‘unknown kingdom’ of Brawby rests in the elbow at the meeting of the River Seven with the River Rye (aka the ‘beck-meets’), in the heart of Ryedale, North Yorkshire, England. Brawby village is a dot on the map between the market towns of Malton, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and Helmsley. Driving north through Hutton le Hole leads to Rosedale and the source of the River Seven, high on the North Yorkshire Moors.  Drive 35 minutes south to the historic City of York. Go east to Pickering & Thornton le Dale, and on to Scarborough, Bridlington, Filey, Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay. Go west to Thirsk, Ripon, Harrogate, Skipton and the Lake District.

Brawby USA (A Lost Kingdom)

Brawby was the name of a township in Illinois, USA until the mid-1800s, when two villages, Barren Grove and Brawby joined and were re-named Neponset. Early settlers almost certainly named the place as a ‘home from home’. There are references to Brawby in ‘Descendants of John Norton’ by Richard A. Norton. Here is one small entry: REMINISCENCES OF BUREAU CO 1872, by N. Matson page 387 George Norton tombstone says: “in 72 yr of his age b. in Yorkshire England, Pioneer “

Obituary of George Norton, Bureau County Republician, Oct. 1887 (extract)
“Died, Mr. George Norton, at his residence, on Thursday evening, Sep. 29, 1887 He was aged 71 1/2 years. Mr. Norton was born in Yorkshire, Eng. but came to this country in early manhood. He was one of the earliest settlers in this vicinity, and when this township was organized it was called Brawby, after his native village. This name it retained until a few years ago when it was changed to correspond with that of the station and post office….”

Christened: 31 Mar 1817, Salton, Yorkshire, England. You can find George Norton listed in the parish registers.

Rosedale, North Yorkshire

Sunlit fields, Rosedale, North Yorkshire 2012 © Simon Thackray

Rev. H. A. Douglas, M.A., the vicar of the parish of Salton and Brawby in 1937, wrote a fascinating history of these two villages. It is reproduced here.

Lol Coxhill in a skip

Lol Coxhill in a skip. Art event copyright Simon Thackray. Photo: Tony Bartholomew.

Brawby is the home of The Shed, the famous UK micro-venue (just 22ft x 26ft) created by Simon Thackray in 1992. The Shed presents musicians, poets and performance artists from around the world. Learn more about Simon Thackray. Learn more about The Shed.