Gearstones Timeline

From as early as 1661 through to the 2nd of June 1972, when the Lodge was purchased by the people of Mirfield and the Gearstones charity was formed.



Myles Taylor recorded as been born at Gearstones



1700 – Francis (I) is born.


Francis Whaley (II) Born – son of Francis Whaley (I) and unknown mother (Elizabeth Whaley?).

Apr 18, 1734

Elizabeth Whaley wife of Francis Whaley (I) died (buried in Horton-in-Ribblesdale).

Apr 10, 1735

Francis (I) may have married for second time? Alice Burton in Ingleton.

Jun 24, 1736

Alice Whaley bp Ingleton, possibly daughter of Alice (Burton) Whaley.

Apr 21, 1748

Francis (II) married in Clapham, Yorkshire to Ellen Lupton, the daughter of Johannes Lupton of Clapham.

Dec 23, 1750

Francis Whaley (II) is listed as being “of Gearstones” in the record of his son’s baptism (Francis Whaley III).

Nov 1, 1755

Francis (I) as widower married widow Agnes Tailforth in Ingleton[witness to marriage was Francis(I)’s other son William Whaley, mentioned in Francis (I) will].

Mar 21, 1761

Francis Whaleys (II) son John Whaley is baptised in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.


Ingleborough Estate bought by Farrer family.

Jun 5, 1774

The will of Francis Whaley (I) is recorded in Ingleton.

Oct 10, 1780

Will of Francis Whaley (I) proved.

Jun, 1792

John Byng & Mr Blakey stay at ‘a public house called Grierstones’


Feb 24, 1801

Ellen Whaley (wife of Francis(II)) dies age 74.

Dec 7, 1801

Francis Whaley (II) died (Aged 86 running both farm and inn) buried at St. Leonard’s, Chapel le Dale.

Jun 26, 1802

John (brother of Francis(III) marries Ann Lodge in Ingleton.


Francis Whaley (III) will is written mentioning John Whaley (Brother) who married Ann Lodge.

Jan 18, 1805

Francis Whaley (III) dies aged 55. Leaves Gearstones to John Whaley [Father of Francis Whaley (IV)] in his will.

Nov 23, 1805

Francis Whaley (IV) was baptised “of Nether Gearstones”.


Francis Whaley (IV) marries Mary Leake.


John Whaley Dies aged 74. Buried in Chapel le Dale.


Thistlethwaite is a resident at Gearstones.


Francis Whaley (IV) – Shown as living Nether Gearstones.

Widow Ann (Lodge) Whaley (Mother of Francis Whaley (IV)) recorded as living at “Nether Gearstones Cottage”.


An OS Map of the Gearstones Area (image below) shows Gearstones Inn (site of current lodge and neighbours), Upper Gearstones (building at opposite side of the road to farm) and Gearstones – the farm.

1853 Map of Area

Image produced from the service with permission of  Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey.


Geologist, John Phillips stayed at the Gearstones Inn.


Widow Ann (Lodge) Whaley died circa 1854.


Ann (daughter of Francis Whaley (IV)?) marries John Yates.


Francis (1) Yates is recorded as landlord of the Inn.


Isabella Yates dies – wife of Francis (1) Yates.


First surveying party from the Midland Railway Company stay at Gearstones (Inn?).


Census lists two properties at Gearstones – a farm of 128 acres known as Higher Gearstones and the Gearstones Inn.
Francis (IV) and his wife Mary living there along with their two sons William and Thomas – Higher Gearstones (Farm).
Francis (1) Yates is recorded as landlord of the Inn.

Jan 17, 1873

Francis Whaley(IV) dies aged 66 leaving behind a number of sons and daughters including possibly another Francis Whaley who appears on the 1851 census.


George Young puts some “Nobel’s patent safety powder dynamite” on the kitchen fire.



Francis (1) Yates dies.


William Metcalfe is recorded as running both Inn and farm.

May 29, 1892

Mary (Leake) Whaley dies aged 90. As usual buried St. Leonard’s Chapel le Dale.



Gearstones closes as an Inn (still part of Ingleborough estate).


Old Inn/Lodge? became shooting lodge, after the farming activity at it came to an end. Cattle sold off by Sidney James Farrer.

2nd of June 1972

Lodge Purchased by the People of Mirfield and the new Gearstones charity is formed.