|It has been suggested that the brasses on the
Fauconberg blue marble stone in the floor of the old church at Skelton
were torn off by the Puritans during this period.
1654 - Edward Trotter exchanged one third of Eston for
one third of Skelton with Henry Stapylton. The Stapyltons had purchased
this third from the heirs of Lord Conyers after the division of the
Skelton estate in 1556.
1656 - Edward Trotter purchased the remaining third of
Skelton estate from the Conyer's heirs. See 1556.
The population of England was estimated to be about 5.3
million at this time.
1657 - Winter into 1658 reputedly to be the longest
ever, lasting into March.
1658 - Death of Oliver Cromwell.
The North Riding Quarter Sessions sitting at Thirsk ordered:-
'That the Sheriff of the County of Yorke do forthwith cause
the following rates of artificers and labourers and servants wages to
be proclaimed in and throughout the N Riding and especially in every
market towne in the said riding:- [One pound equalled 20 shillings or
and had the purchasing of about £120 in the year 2000]