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Local History of Pudsey: a new course for the WEA

Date: Every Friday 21/09/2018 – 07/12/2018

Time: 10.00 – 12.00

Venue:  Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7DE

Cost: £77 (though reductions are available to people on some forms of benefit)

For further information or to book online visit the WEA website.

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Local History of Pudsey: a new course for the WEA

Cemetery lodge, Pudsey

Date: Every Friday 21/09/2018 – 07/12/2018

Time: 10.00 – 12.00

Venue:  Pudsey Wellbeing Centre, Robin Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7DE

Cost: £77 (though reductions are available to people on some forms of benefit)

A Pudsey ginnel

This course explores the development of Pudsey and the surrounding area. Most of the sessions will be indoors but two guided walks/site visits are also envisaged (if weather permits). Topics will include:

  • The region in Prehistoric and Roman times: prehistoric trackways, Roman roads, prehistoric monuments Roman settlement in the locality
  • Anglo-Saxon and Domesday Pudsey – place name evidence, the British Kingdome of Elmet, effects of the Norman Conquest
  • Medieval Pudsey– place name evidence, documentary sources, field systems, modern map evidence Tudors and Stuarts – effects of the dissolution of the Monasteries, development of gentry classes, Tudor/Jacobean housing boom
  • Church and chapel; rise of non-conformity, Waterloo Churches, role of churches in social life Transport networks- pack horse routes, turnpikes, railways
  • Victorian and early 20th century Pudsey – agriculture and industry, development of commutin

For further information or to book online visit the WEA website.

The History and Heritage of Bradford: a new WEA course

Bradford’s Coat of Arms

Dates: 19/09/2018 – 28/11/2018

Start Time: 10:00

Venue: The Bradford Hotel, Hall Ings, Bradford, BD1 5SH

Cost:  £77 (though reductions may be available for some people on some forms of benefit).

This course will use a mixture of talks and guided walks to explore the development of Bradford. Subjects include:

  • Bradford in Prehistoric and Roman times: prehistoric trackways, Roman roads, prehistoric monuments, Roman settlement in the locality
  • Anglo-Saxon and Domesday Bradford – place name evidence, Elmet and Craven, effects of Norman Conquest
  • Medieval Bradford – place name evidence, documentary sources, field systems, modern map evidence
  • Tudors and Stuarts – effects of the dissolution of the Monasteries, development of gentry classes, Tudor/Jacobean housing boom, Civil War Bradford
  • Church and chapel; rise of non-conformity, Waterloo Churches, role of churches in social life
  • Transport networks- pack horse routes, turnpikes, railways
  • Victorian and early 20th century Bradford – agriculture and industry, leisure, commuting

The two walks will look at Little Germany and Little Horton Green.

For further details or to book online please go to the WEA website.

The Aire Valley in Medieval Times (2)

Date: Monday September 17th 2018

Time: 19.30 – 21.00

Venue:  Baildon Historical Society, Baildon Library, Hallcliffe, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6ND

Bingley Butter Cross

Bingley Butter Cross

The steps and cross shaft may date back to 1212 when King John granted the first market charter to Bingley. The roof, however, probably dates to the 1750s when a later market hall was extended.

 

 

The Aire Valley in Medieval Times: An Illustrated Talk

Baildon Market Cross

Date: Monday September 17th 2018

Time: 19.30 – 21.00

Venue:  Baildon Historical Society, Baildon Library, Hallcliffe, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6ND

The Aire Valley is noted for its industrial heritage. Yet this is only part of the rich history of the region.  Although it has become obscured by mills and factories, a medieval legacy can still be found in the area around Bingley, Shipley and Baildon. Join us to find out how the past has shaped the present along the Aire Valley.

The image shows the stocks and market cross in Baildon. The base may be medieval but the shaft is probably a later replacement.

Medieval Castleford: an illustrated talk (2)

The River Crossing at Castleford

Date: Monday 3rd September

Time: 14.00

Venue: Castleford Forum Library & Museum, Carlton St. Castleford, WF10 1BB

The River Crossing at Castleford

The ford at Castleford has long been an important River Crossing and, as such, has seen its share of military action.

In 948 the Northumbrians rebelled against King Eadred and chose Erik Bloodaxe as their ruler. This enraged Eadred who launched a campaign against the northerners which resulted in the destruction of Ripon Cathedral. On his way south his rear-guard was massacred by the Northumbrians as it tried to cross the river at Castleford.

In 1067 William the Conqueror was held up for three weeks because the Aire at Castleford was flooded. This delayed his punitive campaign against the rebellious northern lords.

In 1461 there was skirmishing along this section of the River Aire prior to the Battle of Towton.  A detachment of Yorkist Troops crossed the river here in order to ambush Lord Clifford who was holding the ford at Ferrybridge.

Medieval Castleford: an illustrated talk

Castleford mill

Date: Monday 3rd September

Time: 14.00

Venue: Castleford Forum Library & Museum, Carlton St. Castleford, WF10 1BB

Castleford is justly famous for its Roman antiquities and for its industrial heritage. Its medieval history is les well-known. In this talk I take a look at both archaeology and documentary sources to reveal what life was like for the people of Castleford in medieval times.

The image shows what used to be the Allinson’s Flour Mil at Castleford. This was probably also the spot where the medieval corn mill was located.