Francis and Hannah Wood


image Hannah Wood 1801 – 1880image Francis Wood 1802- 1873

Francis and Hannah Wood and family lived at Riplingham House between 1827 to 1854.

It is from them that my Wood family in Australia has descended.

That Francis and Hannah lived in Riplingham House is based on the following:

  1. The Lease. Francis contracted to  pay to Thomas Duesbury of Beverley £240 per year rent for Riplingham and its accompanying 238 acres 3 rods and 22 perches of land. The details of the lease following are courtesy of AG Wood.

imageThe dark area says ‘ and in the township of Swanland, Parish of Ferriby’

2. The 1841 Census. England


Francis Wood age 38 Farmer

Anna Wood age 40 wife

Margaret Wood 15

Charles 15

Sarah 13

Francis 12

Mary 8

Elizabeth 6

George 5

John Wride?? 20  M. S. ( male servant )

William Scott 20 M S

Mark Maure 15  MS

Francis Thompson  15 MS

Fanny Harper 20  FS ( female servant? )

John Holdenby  age ?? ( perhaps Hannah or Anna’s father)

Nancy Holdenby  D ( daughter) 35



Description of Riplingham House Farm.

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Photo 1. Loting. 

Lot 1 – house, farm complex, outbuildings and gardens, 2 paddocks and orchards. 2.6 hectares.

Lot 2- two grazing pastures, to the north and east of the house. 4.9 hectares.

Lot 3- a grazing pasture to the east of the house. 5.4 hectares.

Photo 2 showing kitchen on left.

Communications- Riplingham is conveniently located only 8 miles from the M62 Trans Pennine Motorway. The Northern Rail network closest station is at Brough. Hull Port offers ferry services to Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. York 30 miles, Leeds 51 miles.

Photo 3   Plan of the house and outbuildings.

Photo 4 showing front of house, a large bedroom, living room and the garden.

Photo 5  top left shows staircase, bottom left a reception room, the photo on right depicts the back of the house.

Photo 6   Another photo of the front of the house.

Photo 7   The writing states – A classic four square Georgian house, listed Grade Two with 30 acres of land and outbuildings. Features- Staircase Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Family Room, Cellars, 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Annexe, Garaging, old stables, and stores. Period and modern barns.

Photo 8  Top left photo of a reception room with fireplace, bottom left a stairwell. On the right hand side the writing says- The Property. A quintessential farm house located in an elevated position at the southern end of the Yorkshire Wolds dating from 1756, still boasting its original layout and numerous original features and much period character. The principal reception rooms which are located off an imposing stairwell hall offer high ceilings and period fireplaces. At the back of the house there is a rear staircase and hall, sitting room, kitchen/ breakfast room, rear lobby, cloakroom which leads to a butlers ba try as well as a good sized utility room.

the first and second floors are nearly a mirror image of each other with providing 3 double bedrooms and family bathroom, which in the case of the first floor is also shared by the principal bedroom.

To the rear of the house there are a useful collection of period barns and stores. To the side of the house is an annexe which subject to the relevant consents, could provide a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom.

The  location.  The property is situated in the rural hamlet of Riplingham, once the site of a large medieval village, close to the historic town of Beverley, county town of the East Riding and famous for its Minster, racecourse and weekly market. Beverley provides a comprehensive range of everyday services  including high street and boutique shops, together with numerous restaurants. There are a number of excellent schools and further education including 3 universities within easy reach. There is an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities in the area with golf courses at Cave Castle, Hessle, Cottingham and Beverley. To the east is the North Sea coast  and walking in the Wolds Way.




Photo 9  Loting been transcribed with the plan.  Outside. The property is centrally located within its own land of 30 acres. The gardens and grounds are extremely

Well maintained and include large areas of manicured lawns, well stocked boarders, carriage driveway, an orchard and outdoor swimming pool.

Farmyard and Outbuildings.  The property benefits from a range of period and modern farm buildings. Store buildings, workshop, stable, granary, garage with mezzanine floor over, carriage barn and a chalk barn. There are three purpose built, 8 bay barns for cattle breeding and grain storage.

Below are more photos of the farm buildings.

The Agent for this sale was They are based in Hull. Yorkshire. I am not sure when this was advertised.



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Ever since I saw a small photo  of the Wood family Ancestral home  in Yorkshire that my parents took on a trip to England in 1971 it has held a fascinationfor me. Even the name ‘ Riplingham’ resonates with me.

It amazes me that, even though the Wood family had not lived in Riplingham House for over a 100 years, when my parents rocked up out of the blue, they were warmly welcomed and invited in for afternoon tea. The owners were very interested in the Wood Family Wanderings in Australia.

Walter Wood, my great uncle, also visited ‘ the old country family home’. My brother George can remember the amusing anecdote Walter told of his experience. After knocking on the front door he was directed to go to the tradesman’ s entrance by the butler, even though Walter was dressed in a suit.  Imagine this being said to an Aussie farmer. Apparently Walter firmly informed him who he was, the butler backed down and he was invited in to meet the owners and shared  a pleasant afternoon with them.

There are two other Wood family members I know of who have also connected with Riplingham House and have been enthusiastically received.

Is it  any wonder that I plan to follow in the family footsteps?

RIPLINGHAM is a small hamlet, not even a village. There is not even a shop or a pub, disappointing. It is not even a one horse town. It is situated in the East Riding of Yorkshire, not far from Hull and the Humber River.

Importantly for research it is located in two civil parishes, Rowley and South Cave.


House at the crossroads at Riplingham. Dale Road Riplingham looking towards South Cave.