In the 1970's a fascinating book about Topcliffe and its characters was written by Mary Watson.
I visited this great old lady now in her 90's and still living in Asenby a while ago. She told me about the research that had gone into the book. She gave me a copy of her later book “The Children Of Thorntree Farm” and granted permission for them both to be used on the Topcliffe website.
Click to download the history book as an Adobe Acrobat pdf file.
Click to download the history book as a Zip file.
The Topcliffe history book is a 60 page A5 paperback, printed in Thirsk by CB press of Castlegarth, its well worth picking up if you see a second hand copy anywhere.