Rock Art: the problems of interpreting the unknowable.

Venue: Knowle Club, 17 Knowl Rd, Mirfield, WF14 8DQ

Date: 6th March 2018

Time: 8.00 – 9.30

This talk is being given to the Wheelwright Archaeological Society by Dave Weldrake.

Barmishaw Stone, Ilkley Moor

Rock Art is a subject which has been much studied in recent years. Yet no satisfactory answer has been found to the most obvious question: What were they used for? This talk considers the carved stones of Ilkley Moor and explains the problems which stand in the way of interpreting their significance.

 

 

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Roman Castleford: An illustrated talk

Roman soldiers: Frieze by Harry Malkin

Date: 6th March 2018

Roman Castleford: An illustrated talk: 2.00

Venue: Castleford Library

Castleford was a major urban centre in Roman times. It developed from a small military installation guarding the crossing of the River Aire into a bustling industrial town. Over the years archaeologists have uncovered many fascinating objects which throw light on the lives of ordinary people in the past. Come along to the talk to find out more about Castleford’s rich archaeological heritage.

 

 

History of Pudsey and District

A new Monday morning Heritage course for the WEA

Pudsey Railway Heritage

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

Dates: 15/01/18 – 26/03/2018

Time: 10.00 – 12.00

Cost: £70

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 commuting

For further details or to enrol online follow this link  to the WEA website.

 

 

Medieval Castles of West Yorkshire: an illustrated talk by Dave Weldrake

Medieval chapel, Pontefract Castle

Venue: Baildon Library, Hallcliffe, Baildon, BD17 6ND

Date: Monday 16th October 2017

Time: 7.30

Admission:  £2.

Hosted by the Baildon Historical Society. All welcome

 

It comes as a surprise to many that there are over a dozen medieval castles in West Yorkshire. These range from the small earthwork castle at Sowerby to the impressive royal castle at Pontefract. The earliest were created soon after the Norman Conquest of England. Many lasted for just a few decades but the impressive keeps of Pontefract and Sandal were only finally demolished during the English Civil War. This fully illustrated talk looks at the history, form and function of West Yorkshires castles as well as examining their place in the regional landscape.

 

History and Heritage of the Aire Valley: A new Friday morning heritage course for the WEA

Venue: Kirkgate Centre (39A Kirkgate, Shipley, BD18 3EH)

Dates: 22/09/2017-03/11/2017

Fee: £48.00

The Leeds-Liverpool canal at Shipley

This seven-week course explores the development of Shipley, Bingley, Baildon and the surrounding area. Using a range of sources, it will help place these towns in their historic context in the Aire Valley. The course has a mixture of indoor sessions and guided walks.

Topics to be covered will include:

Session I (Indoors) Prehistory, Romans

Session 2 (Indoors) Anglo-Saxons, Norman Conquest

Session 3 (Walk) Buck Wood/Thackley

Session 4 (indoors): The Middle Ages

Session 5(Indoors)): Tudors and Stuarts

Session 6: (Walk) – Baildon Green and Baildon Hall

Session 7: (Indoors) The Industrial Revolution and the Victorians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover the Heritage of Otley and District A new Thursday morning Heritage course for the WEA

Venue: Otley Courthouse, (Courthouse Street, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 Dates21/09/2017 – 30/11/2017

Fee: £77.00

 

Anglo-Scandinavian cross shaft with dragon carving. Otley.

This course explores the development of Otley and the surrounding area. Most sessions will be indoors but two guided walks/site visits are also envisaged. Topics will include: The Wharfe Valley in Prehistoric and Roman times: prehistoric trackways, Roman roads, prehistoric monuments (e.g. Bull Stone, hut circles on Otley Chevin), Roman settlement in the locality Anglo-Saxon and Domesday Otley – place name evidence, Elmet and Craven, archbishop of York’s estates in Wharfedale, effects of Norman Conquest Medieval Otley – 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 Otley – agriculture and industry, tourism, development of commuting

For further details or to enrol online go to the WEA website.

The Lost Kingdom of Elmet; an illustrated talk

Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017

Time: 7.30

Venue: Rothwell Community Hub, Marsh Street, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0AE

The Kingdom of Elmet was one of many small principalities which sprang up after the Roman armies withdrew from Britain. It covered the area which is now South and West Yorkshire and before its collapse in the early 600s it was a buffer between the two great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria. This talk looks at people and places in the past to shed light on an almost forgotten part of regional history.

Speaker: Dave Weldrake

Cost: Free to SLA members, £4 to non-members

The talk is one of series events organized by South Leeds Archaeology.