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Mecca News

‘The Mecca News’ is The Society's   award winning journal published three times a year in April, August and December. The Mecca News contains members’ news, amusing snippets, requests for   or offers of help, member updates, and Metcalfe stories of interest past and present.  

 

Why is it called The ‘Mecca’ News? What is the relevance of the name ‘Mecca’?

On this occasion Mecca has nothing to do with religion or playing bingo .... Mecca is the shortened slang nickname that was used by many men called Metcalfe in the Yorkshire Dales, who were therefore known as ‘Mecca’. Once in a while it can still be heard today in the area!

Even in today’s online world, so many look forward to receiving their Mecca News journal to sit down, relax and have a good read! That is maybe why the journal has been both commended and won the Elizabeth Simpson Award for one name family history society magazines.  

 

Have you got a good story or snippet?

The editor of the Mecca News is always keen to hear from members with a good story, comment, feedback, snippet that may be of interest to other members. Maybe you saw a comment or story about a Metcalfe in the newspaper. Do take a moment or two and send any suggestions to our Editor   (see   Contacts).

 

Back Issues are available now

Take a look at the indexed list of back issues of the Mecca News below     to see the varied and interesting articles and snippets over the years. Back issues can be order from the   online The Metcalfe Store   or by contacting   The Metcalfe Shop Coordinator   (see   Contacts).

 

Index to Mecca News Back Issues

We need a volunteer to index the last 9 years (August 2006 todate) - interested? Contact our Volunteers Coordinator   (see   Contacts).

 

 

Issue No. Issue Dated Content
78 April 2006 New, glossy paper format! ~~ Metcalfe Links with Newby Hall ~~ A Mecca Puzzle Solved ~~ A Curve of Memory.. part 2 ~~ South African Metcalfe's ~~ Who is Driver Metcalf ~~ Katrina, Daughter of Eve
77 December 2005 Special 25th Anniversary Issue covering the September AGM and Gathering of the Clan
76 August 2005 What's in a Name? ~~ Ireland's Metcalfe Gathering ~~ A Curve of Memory through Upper Swaledale
75 April 2005 Mecca Dialects ~~ A Prof's Own Adventure ~~ The Metcalfes of Fordham ~~ The Search for William Charles Metcalfe
74 December 2004 Extracts from the memoirs of Tom Metcalfe, head gardener to the Brocklebank Family, June 1939 ~~ Nicholas Metcalfe, Clerk in Holy Orders ~~ Theophilus Metcalfe, d. 1757 ~~ A guide to publishing a genealogy website by Carol Herbert ~~ Edward Barnard Metcalfe by George Buxton ~~ The oldest house in Northallerton, built for Richard Metcalfe
73 August 2004 Vegetarianism - The Mecca Connection ~~ Gayle Mill ~~ Not of My Making by George Buxton ~~ Mine's a Mr Softee! ~~ Family History Sources - Libraries ~~ Beldy Hill ~~ Askrigg Scarecrows
72 April 2004 The Beldy Hill Dispute : Lead Mining in the Dales - Part 3 ~~ So Whose Calves are they? ~~ Norfolk Island Doctor ~~ We don't know who we are
71 December 2004 The Sunderland Metcalf's by Tony Metcalf M1390 ~~ Lead Mining in the Dales and the Metcalfe Clan by George Buxton M3 - Part 2 ~~ The Metcalfe Muster Apple Sauce Cake recipe ~~ The Mourning Brooch by Christine Edmondson M1378 ~~ First Missionary by George Buxton M3
70 August 2003 Lead Mining in the Dales and the Metcalfe Clan by George Buxton M3 - Part 1 ~~ Charles Theophilus Baron Metcalfe of Fernhill in the County of Berkshire ~~ A Love Story ... Edward Metcalfe and Martha Kaye Gorst ~~ A Tortuous & Ungodly Jumble - Part 5
69 April 2003 A new way for family history? ~~ Is Captain Lawrence E G Oates related to the Metcalfe Family? ~~ A History of Ownership of the Old Post Office, Scorton, Yorkshire - Part 2 ~~ Writing your own Metcalfe story ~~ A Tortuous & Ungodly Jumble - Part 4
68 December 2002 A History of Ownership of the Old Post Office, Scorton, Yorkshire - Part 1 ~~ A Long Journey to the Muster ~~ A Tortuous & Ungodly Jumble - Part 3 ~~ Francis Edward Medcalf 1883-1927
67 August 2002 The Raydale Seige ~~ A Tortuous and Ungodly Jumble - Part 2 ~~ The Old Yards of Darlington
66 April 2002 A Tortuous and Ungodly Jumble by David Lambert ~~ Metcalfes at the Marae by Angela Young ~~ Extracts from "Northern Catholics - The Catholic Recusants of the North Riding of Yorkshire 1558-1790" ~~ A Genealogical Journey by Alison Hutton
65 December 2001 It's All in the Genes - Part 3 A Not Inconsiderable Fortune ~~ Twenty First Birthday Muster Roundup ~~ My Colonial Metcalfes in Australia - by Robyn E Metcalfe M669
64 August 2001 An American Line - Lister Washington Metcalfe ~~ Francis Henry Medcalf ~~ To Escape the Monster's Clutches - Fright of a Napoleonic Invasion ~~ William Metcalfe
63 April 2001 Letters from a Seafaring Man - Joseph Brown Metcalfe 1881/2 ~~ Modern Mecca's ~~ Napoleon's Coffin
62 December 2000 The Nation's Best Kept Secret ~~ Rev Arthur Metcalf - A Biography ~~ Its All in the Genes - Theophilus the Scribe - Part 2 ~~ The Family Records Centre
61 August 2000 Society of Friends - Part 2 ~~ Charles Halliday Metcalfe ~~ Willard Leroy Metcalfe ~~ Working on the Railways
60 April 2000 A Metcalfe Clockmaker ~~ The Metcalfe Water Wheel ~~ It's a Small World ~~ Society of Friends ~~ A Yank in Hawes .. A letter by Henry Metcalfe 1912
59 December 1999 Its All in the Genes - Theophilus the Scribe - Part 1 ~~ On the World Wide Web ~~ The Northern Family History Fairs
58 August 1999 A Meeting Down Under ~~ The Richard III Foundation ~~ Metcalfe School Masters ~~ Where There's a Will ... ~~ To The Manor Born - Part 2
57 April 1999 Metcalfe Research Overseas ~~ Metcalfe Records ~~ To The Manor Born - Manorial Records ~~ Lt Edmund Whiteford Metcalfe
56 December 1998 Nina - An Appreciation ~~ Hipswell Mill - Part 2 ~~ By Their Misdemeanours Shall Ye Know Them ~~ Metcalfe History of the Clan - Launch of the Book
55 August 1998 Hipswell Mill ~~ From Hell, Hull and Halifax .. Metcalfe, History of the Clan ~~ Unknown Cousins - Part 2 ~~ Cathedral of the Dales
54 April 1998 Unknown Cousins - Part 1 ~~ East Indies Connections ~~ Wensley Church ~~ The Council of Family Societies ~~ A Day Out ... Courtesy of Yorkshire TV
53 December 1997 The Metcalfe Book ~~ The Railway Metcalfes
52 August 1997 Metcalfes and Brushmaking ~~ A Whitby Coal Cat ~~ The Scene of the Crime ~~ St Andrew's, Aysgarth ~~ It's All Yours ~~ The William Metcalfe
51 April 1997 The Metcalfes as Millers ~~ How I Found My Metcalfe Family ... - Part 2 ~~ I am my own Granpa ~~ The Metcalfes of Hull ~~ Ralph Tiplady Metcalfe
50 January 1997

The Metcalfes in St Helena ~~ Autobiography of Fred Metcalfe ~~ The Lady Mary of Middleham ~~ How I Found my Metcalfe Family ... ~~ Agincourt: The Rise of Nappa ~~ Christopher Metcalfe, Gentleman ~~ Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Clive Thompson

49 August 1996 A Kiwi's Genealogy Jaunt ~~ The Metcalfe Widows ~~ St Margaret's Church, Hawes ~~ You Never Know What You Will Find
48 April 1996 A Stroke of Good Luck (or the making of the fortune of Joe Metcalfe) ~~ Another View of the Landlord and Tenant Relationship ~~ St Oswald's Church, Askrigg ~~ An Encounter with Ned Kelly
47 December 1995 That Sly Fox - William Reynard ~~ Long Lived Metcalfes ~~ The Cowkeepers (Dalesfolk who went to Liverpool) ~~ Colonel the Reverend Neville Metcalfe ~~ The Homecoming
46 August 1995 The Brough Cotton Mill ~~ When is a M*tc**f not a Metcalf? ~~ Seafaring Metcalfes ~~ William Ramshaw Metcalfe ~~ Wandering through the Indexes
45 April 1995 The First Metcalfe Divorce? ~~ Ensign Metcalfe ~~ A Court-martial Offence ~~ A Modern Search ~~ Before We Were Here ~~ Canadian Meccas ~~ NOT up the Pole?
44 December 1994 The Quest for Thomas Metcalfe ~~ Will Abstracts - Part 2 ~~ Metcalfes in Mallerstang ~~ The Tyne Cot Memorial
43 August 1994 A Letter from America ~~ Craven's Great War Soldiers ~~ Will Abstracts
42 April 1994 Early Metcalfe Freemen of York ~~ The Kingman - Charles Metcalfe ~~ John Ogilby - Cartographer ~~ Professor Metcalfe - US Award
41 December 1993 Metcalfe Volunteers 1793 ~~ The Metcalfes of Nappa ~~ Charles Metcalfe 1855 ~~ Methodist Circuit / Wesleyan Methodist Circuit
40 August 1993 Michael Metcalfe b.1586 ~~ Metcalfes who died in the Far East, World War II ~~ Farmer's Lament of 1860 ~~ Lincolnshire Metcalfes ~~ Non-Conformists in Swaledale
39 April 1993 Dolly Metcalfe ~~ Replies to "From Arkefrith to Howard Metcalfe" ~~ The Yorkshire Journal ~~ Early Emigrants to Nova Scotia ~~ Genealogical Register - Britain ~~ James Dobson Strikes a Familiar Note ~~ Stanley Metcalfe ~~ Bedale Police Charge Book
38 December 1992 Two Down Under Metcalfes Pay Us a Visit ~~ That Metcalfe Temper ~~ From Arkefrith to Howard Metcalfe 995-1992 ~~ Another Year in the Life of William Metcalfe of Sessay ~~ Emigrants to the Americas ~~ Studley Garth, Dent ~~ From "The Annals of Leeds"
37 August 1992 Porch House, Northallerton ~~ A Delve in the Dales - Part 3 ~~ Smith Metcalfe ~~ Are You Named After Your Uncle? ~~ Workers at Farfield Mill ~~ Bankrupt Metcalfes
36 April 1992 A Year in the Life of William Metcalfe, Sessay Parks ~~ 1673 Hearth Tax North Riding ~~ Body Snatchers in Yorkshire ~~ Spencer's Directory 1886 - Richmond ~~ A Delve in the Dales - Part 2
35 December 1991 Webb Connections? ~~ A Delve in the Dales ~~ Ripon Cathedral P R ~~ Murdered Gamekeeper ~~ Blind Bowlers ~~ Spencer's Directory - Richmond ~~ Commit it to the Cobwebs from Danny Gibson ~~ Lawrence Oates (of Antarctic) d.1912 ~~ The Oldest House in Northallerton ~~ The Story of My Life by Rev. Joseph Metcalf (c.1883)
34 August 1991 1881 Census Returns ~~ Metcalfe Fortunes under Richard III ~~ The Shade of Scots Mary ~~ Hand-Knitters of the Dales ~~ Missing Millions - The Final Chapter ~~ Joseph Metcalfe's Diary
33 April 1991 Victoria, Australia - extracts ~~ Metcalfes in upper Wensleydale 1605-13 ~~ St Oswald's Church, Askrigg ~~ The Metcalfe Missing Millions ~~ South Otterington Churchyard ~~ The Metcalfes of Darnbrook
32 December 1990 Preston Deaths Index ~~ Potholing Discoveries ~~ Emigration in the 17th Century ~~ 17th Century Survey of Wensleydale ~~ Extract from Dalesman ~~ Magdalen Metcalfe ~~ The Reverend Lister Metcalfe - Part 2 ~~ Immigration to New Zealand ~~ Shildon Charities ~~ The Story of Richmond
31 August 1990 Halberts Family History ~~ Places to Visit ~~ Wills of Miles and Matilda Metcalfe ~~ Metcalfe Estates in Dominica ~~ Is This Our Root? ~~ Muker Marriages ~~ Obituaries in Bradford Library
30 April 1990 Green Howard Connection
29 December 1989 Miles Metcalfe - A 15th Century Lawyer - Part 2 ~~ Ramblings of a Previous Editor by Valerie Metcalfe ~~ Hardraw Monument Inscriptions ~~ Metcalf, Illinois ~~ Hertfordshire Indictments
28 August 1989 Miles Metcalfe - A 15th Century Lawyer ~~ Might's 1899 Directory for Toronto, Canada ~~ Unclaimed Dividends due before 1812 at the Bank of England - Part 2 ~~ Henry Metcalfe, H.M. 32nd Regiment of Foot - diary extracts ~~ The Reverend Lister Metcalfe ~~ Co. Durham 1851 Census
27 April 1989 A Visit to Nappa Hall by John R Metcalfe ~~ Unclaimed Dividends due before 1812 at the Bank of England ~~ The Dornix Weaver - The Sequel II ~~ Metcalfe Families Throughout the World ~~ Metcalfes at The Maritime Museum
26 December 1988 Notes on the Metcalfe Clan ~~ The Metcalfes of Fern Hill - Follow up ~~ The Dornix Weaver - The Sequel ~~ Alexander Metcalf, Linton - From Saint to Sinner ~~ Oswald Metcalfe, Hornby Castle - A Metcalfe Black Sheep
25 August 1988 Cherry Tree Farm ~~ The Metcalfes of Fern Hill ~~ Boer War Casualties ~~ Open House at Ashford ~~ Nicknames of Upper Swaledale ~~ Sim's snuff Box by Dorothy Pope ~~ Hardraw Monumental Inscriptions ~~ Michael Metcalfe, The Dornix Weaver ~~ South East Durham Marriage Index ~~ William Metcalfe, Thirsk - The Loan Arranger ~~ The Kirkby Malzeard Metcalfes by Terry Allinson ~~ Leeds 1851 Census Index
24 April 1988 Stars of the Silver Screen ~~ The Caribbean Connection ~~ List of Patentees of Inventions 1617-1867
23 December 1987 An American VC - William Henry Metcalfe ~~ Murder Most Foul by Dorothy Pope ~~ Times Past ~~ Sedbergh School Records ~~ William George Metcalf, physician, b.1847
22 August 1987 Charities and Poor Relief - Leeds in the 16th/17th Centuries by J Metcalfe ~~ Pavers Marriage Licences 1674 - 1747
21 April 1987 Book Corner ~~ American & English Genealogies in the Library of Congress 1919 ~~ Wills proved at Chester - Part 4 ~~ Copeland, Kendal and Lonsdale Deaneries ~~ The Metcalfes in "Yorkshire Village" 1950/3 ~~ Fountains Abbey (Yorkshire) Lease Book ~~ Freemen of the City of London 1709-1894
20 December 1986 From Hawnby near Helmsley, Yorkshire to Nova Scotia, Canada by Denise Smith ~~ Saddleworth Yorks Marriage Index 1800-37 ~~ Great Ilford, Essex 1851 Census ~~ Wills proved at Chester - Part 3 ~~ Hartlepool 1851 Census ~~ Stranton 1851 Census
19 August 1986 Wills proved at Chester - Part 2 ~~ Interests First Aroused by Alison Hutton ~~ The Importance of being ... Cawthra ~~ The Gentleman's Magazine - mentions 1731-1786 ~~ Cornelius Metcalf from Miss Denise Smith ~~ References in the Westminster Abbey Muniment Room by George Buxton ~~ 1851 Census for Middlesborough
18 April 1986 Wills proved at Chester ~~ How to Locate Wills ~~ Fosters Yorkshire Pedigrees ~~ 1930 Catalogue of Documents for Sale ~~ Sophia Ruth Metcalfe (Cawthra) b.1859 ~~ A Problem to Unravel - Metcalf(e) Saddleworth, Yorks ~~ With a Little Bit O'Luck by Dorothy Pope ~~ A Lincolnshire Metcalf Family by Barbara Kent ~~ How The Metcalfe Society Began by Vera Adams
17 December 1985 Extracts from Pennine Panorama by Peter Wightman ~~ From the Yorkshire Dalesman November 1947 - an account of a famous hall and a famous family ~~ A Stranger Visits Yorkshire by James J Metcalf ~~ Hipswell Mill by Fergus Brown 1919 ~~ Hipswell Mixed School Record Book 1871-90
16 August 1985 Southerscales George by H E Crossfield ~~ Baron Metcalfe, Governor General of Canada ~~ Metcalfes in India ~~ Presentation to Mr W Metcalfe - Great Worker for His Church from Jane Parker
15 April 1985 The Metcalfe Index ~~ A Study of Metcalfs ~~ Tithe Map of Muker (Township) 1841 ~~ A Visit to the British Museum Reference Library by D Pope ~~ Knaresborough Wills 1640-1858 ~~ The Yorkshire Gentry by J T Cliffe ~~ Obituaries in The Times 1951-1975 ~~ Variations on a Theme ~~ We Are All Human
14 December 1984 D'ye ken William Metcalfe? ~~ Metcalfe entries in The Wensleydale Advertiser, 1844-46 ~~ English Surnames by H Fishwick, F.S.A. ~~ West Riding of Yorkshire Poll Book 1835 ~~ Jack Metcalfe, The Bainbridge Hornblower
13 August 1984 Blind Jack Metcalf of Knaresborough by Lucy Rowlands ~~ Booklist - useful for background research ~~ Returns of Papists in the Diocese of Chester 1767 from The Catholic Record Society, from Shirley Walls ~~ Non-appearance in parish Registers by Helen Offer
12 April 1984 One Day Conference at Spofforth by the Guild of One Name Studies ~~ Lodge Hall, Ribblehead from Mrs R Kay ~~ The Metcalfes of Raisgill, Ashes & Gauber by Helen Offer ~~ The Metcalfe Index ~~ Lancashire Wills 1621-1855 ~~ Stockport, Cheshire 1851 Census Returns
11 December 1983 English Surnames, Series I Yorkshire West Riding by George Redmonds ~~ Metcalfes in 1983 by Jean & Frank Bradley ~~ Barnard Castle, Co Durham Burial Registers - Jul 1816 to Oct 1848 ~~ 25 Years in Raisgill - parish registers of Arncliffe, 1772-97 ~~ Leeds 1851 Census
10 August 1983 A List of Yorkshire Parishes having Chapelries ~~ Ingleton Fells and Chapel-le-Dale by D H Offer ~~ Grinton Registers by D H Offer ~~ Some Metcalfes noted in books ~~ Cumberland to Canada - extracts about a notable James Metcalfe from Flora Metcalfe, Ontario.
09 April 1983 The Metcalfes of Nappa and the reason for the Siege of Raydale. Extract from "Broad Acres" by Alfred J Brown, published in 1948. ~~ The Metcalfe Index ~~ Metcalfe Wills 1700-1809 at Leeds Archives ~~ Memorials of Deeds, Wills etc from 1789-92 at West Yorkshire Record Office, Wakefield.
08 December 1982 The Clan Meeting ~~ Birth Briefs ~~ Wills - Part 2 : Intestacy by David Lambert ~~ Curiosities of the Census by D H Offer ~~ Newspaper Cuttings from the Craven Herald by D H Offer ~~ Mecca's Lament by Dorothy Pope, Cleveland
07 August 1982 A Visit to the Genealogical Library, Huddersfield ~~ Birth Briefs
06 April 1982 Wills - Part 1 by David Lambert ~~ Will of Thomas Metcalfe 1712 from Shirley Walls, Clwyd ~~ Metcalfe Nicknames ~~ Leeds Parish Church Registers - Unpublished entries.
05 December 1981 Metcalfes in Ireland by J C Metcalfe of Ottowa ~~ Family Reunion by Flora Metcalfe of Ontario ~~ The Metcalfe Index
04 September 1981 Visit to Middleton calf by Mrs Mary Metcalfe, Leeds ~~ Help Wanted / Offered ~~ An Unexpected Source of Family History by Vera Adams ~~ A Short History of the Family of George Buxton
03 April 1981 The Metcalfe Index ~~ North Yorkshire County Record Office ~~ Medecalf Help Wanted / Offered
02 December 1980 Help Wanted / Offered ~~ Be a Guest at Nappa Hall ~~ Census Returns
01 1980 Information received from members. ~~ The Metcalfe Clan


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