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Hawksworth Hall
Undated The village of Hawksworth is situated about 4 miles south of Otley and 12 miles from Leeds. The history of the Hawksworth family dates back to the eleventh century when Walter de Hawksworth resided here. His father, John, came over with Willaim the Conqueror from Normandy and was subsequently killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Hawksworth Hall was eventually built, the oldest part has a datestone of 1611, and was the seat of the Hawksworth family. Later, it passed into the Fawkes family. Much more recently, Hawksworth Hall was acquired by SCOPE who ran a home for children with Cerebral Palsy. The home closed in 1998 and, after being empty for two years, was sold in 2000.

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Patricia Eastwood

Walter Hawkeswoth of Hawksworth did in fact inherit Farnley Hall in 1786, when Francis Fawkes died. He then adopted the name of Fawkes. JMW Turner (the painter) was a regular visit to Farnley Hall. Horton-Fawkes served as President of the Turner Society. Guy Fawkes was related to the Fawkes of Farnley.


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Rachel Hessey

My direct ancestor, Elizabeth Hawksworth married Thomas Hessey 12 Feb 1750 in Thorne. She was the daughter of Joseph Hawksworth and Mary Howard. There has been talk that Walter de Hauksward, the founder of Hawksworth Hall was the son of John of Normandy who got killed at the Battle of Hastings 1066. John was a brother to William the Conqueror. Can this be confirmed?




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