History Item : Summer 2018

The Alne Annals Front Cover

A new edition of David Newton's The Alne Annals is now available

David Newton’s The Alne Annals was first published in 2002 and was the first time that anyone had put together in one volume the various papers that had been published over the years in local and national papers, parish magazines, learned tomes, countless directories, and just as importantly, in private musings and recollections. 

With the kind permission of the Newton family and the financial support of Alne Parish Council, a new edition has now been published and will become available in early May. This new edition keeps to the same principle as the original but has added a lot more information from many different sources, being more than 60% larger than the original; it includes stories about life in Alne in the 1940s and 1950s, the old shops and post offices, the 1944 bomber crash, Alne station and the railway, the vicars of Alne, Alne Cricket Club, the schools and Village Hall, the War Weapons Committee and the Coronation Committee. It also features many old photos.

The book is not a history, it is not a chronology but it is a collection of tales from many authors and publications from many sources. It thus forms a fascinating insight into the village and parish of Alne over the years. 

As this is a limited print run, early action is recommended. The price is £10 (delivery is free in Alne and £3 elsewhere in the UK). Cash or cheque (payable to Alne Parish Council) to Robert Brech at Alne Croft, Main Street, Alne, YO61 1TB. Or ring 838265 for online payment details.


A full index of Alne Parish Councillors from 1913 is now available. Click here to read it.

If you have a postcard or photo that you would like us to feature on this page, please contact us through the Contact page. Thank you.    

The 2011 archaeological survey of the west tower of Alne church is now available. Click here to read it.

Alne is a small village situated halfway between Thirsk and York. There are about 275  households in the parish and in the  2001 census the Parish of Alne had a population of 711. 

Alne was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and in 1823, Baine's Directory of the County of York said 'This village [Alne] takes its name from the Latin word Alnus (the alder tree), it being situated in a low swampy country, which formerly abounded with alders, and thence it was called the Forest of Alders. Pop. 386.'

In the early to mid 19th century, the parish of Alne was a thriving community and a railway station opened on 31st March 1841. By the early part of the 20th century, Alne was said to be virtually self-supporting, with four grocery shops (including a post office), two saddlers, a basket maker, a cobblers, a blacksmith, two joiners, two dressmakers and a tailor. There were four pubs, the Fox & Goose and the Blue Bell Inn near the centre of the village, and The Station Inn and the Railway Inn at Alne station. At the station, there were six stopping trains daily, in each direction.

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