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How do you find out what's happening with The Metcalfe Society - the latest news, how The Society can help with your research, what's happening in the genealogical world?

Bookmark the Facebook page of The Metcalfe Society. Find out all the latest news, tips and queries there.   Don’t forget to ‘Like Us’.  

Mecca News

The Mecca News’ was the Society's award winning journal published three times. It contained members’ news, amusing snippets, requests for or offers of help, member updates, and Metcalfe stories of interest, both past and present. Following the resignation of our Editor, and the Covid pandemic, we reverted to an e-newsletter.  
Find out more about the many interesting stories past and present by checking out the  index of past issues.

E-Mail Newsletters

Now on a bi-monthly basis electronic email newsletters are distributed to our members who have provided The Society with an email address. These follow on from the successful Mecca News in content but slightly more frequently.  

Metcalfe Family Histories BookNew Publication - 'Metcalfe Family Histories' - now available

The Society launched a new publication to celebrate our 40th anniversary for 2020. Metcalfe Family Histories is a superb selection of some of the best Metcalfe stories previously submitted by our members, exciting new information and photographs have been added to the original text and the stories have been expanded by more recent research by the authors. It is all presented in a 300 page 'coffee table' style volume showcasing 55 fascinating true stories, numerous Mecca snippets, a resume of how the society started and in excess of 200 photographs, many in full colour!

You can purchase the book from our Shop.





Metcalfes at War - The Great War 1914-1919

The Society collected information on Metcalfes who were involved in World War One. In addition, a lot of general information about the War was also downloaded. We have compiled a summary of those findings, plus a large amount of data so that you can research your relative. If we have missed anyone out please do let us know.

Metcalfes at War - The Great War 1914-1919 is a 64 page booklet bringing together details of the War Front as it involved Metcalfes, plus stories from individuals. It is accompanied by either a CD-rom or a USB card (depending on your requirements) which hold a large amount of additional data. The booklet with a CD-rom is priced at £10.00 plus postage and packing, or a booklet with the USB card is £12.00 plus P&P. All available from the Metcalfe Society Shop.



How do you save your data when you are researching at an archive centre or other source?

Why not use a Metcalfe Society USB card? It clearly identifies the Society, is the same size as a normal credit or debit card, and the connection pops out when you want to use it. The card holds 16Gb of data - so there is plenty of room for your own research files and at the same time you will be supporting the Society. The USB card is priced at just £8 plus postage and packing, and is despatched to you in a padded envelope.

Available now from the Society's Shop - hurry while stocks last!

Blind Jack Metcalf's 300th anniversary

The year 2017 was the 300th anniversary of the birth of Blind Jack Metcalf of Knaresborough. To commemorate, a proposal was put forward to rename the Harrogate bypass after the Knaresborough legend. Find out more in the article

An historic day

The 1 August 2016 was an historic day …
The Yorkshire Dales National Park was extended by 24% as of that day - so now there are many more reasons to visit the Yorkshire Dales and find out where your Metcalfe family history originated..

Calf Top is now England's Last Mountain

‘Calf Top’ is the summit of Middleton Fell and, to most people, a rather unassuming hill south of Sedbergh & west of Dent in the Yorkshire Dales. To the Metcalfe clan though, it is the perceived home of the first Metcalfe (William Medecalf de Dent) and the top of the hill was the boundary of Metcalfe lands. Calf Top has now taken it rightful place in the geography of the Yorkshire Dales as it is no longer a hill, but is now officially classified as a mountain.

 Previously measured at 609 metres (1,999 feet) Calf Top was just a few inches from being a mountain (2,000 feet). Enthusiasts have now remeasured the old hill using the latest technologies and the result of 2000.2 feet has been accepted by Ordnance Survey who have confirmed it is now England’s last mountain.

 See the BBC news for the story    & the Ordnance Survey blog for project details >  


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