About Me


David Fernley

David Fernley

My name is David Fernley and I’m a writer and educator living in North Yorkshire, England.  My particular passion is to know more about my family’s history and the world in which they lived. To help me do this I’ve created the Spanning The Years project.

Spanning The Years

The aim of Spanning The Years  is to research my family’s history and write about their lives and the times they lived in. I’m not just interested in who my ancestors were and what they did: I want to know how they lived, and what the wider world around them was like.  For more information go to the About Spanning The Years page.

About this blog

This blog is for anyone who’s interested in the past, and enjoys true stories made with words and pictures. It’s strapline is ‘Spanning the Years with Words and Pictures‘, and on this blog I’ll keep you updated on progress with my project, publish short articles and photo-essays on family and local history, and review books which I’ve found interesting.

I’d also like this blog to be a place where people get involved and contribute their own views about history and writing. If you want to get involved you can comment on individual posts, follow the blog on Facebook and Twitter, or contact me by email.

In my spare time

As well as writing, I work part-time as an assessor for vocational qualifications.  I play the melodeon (a bit like an accordion, but with buttons instead of keys), tinker with my model railway, fish, and walk, and take photographs. I also love studying and have a BA in history and English and an MA in English literature.

When not being a serial hobbyist, I’m fond of the  of real ale and single malt whisky. I live with my lovely wife, a dog, a cat and a horse. (Except of course the horse lives outdoors.)