A Reminder about tomorrow’s walk

Witch Stone, Meanwood Park

Archaeology and Folklore in the Meanwood Valley

This is the so-called witches stone in Meanwood Park. Nobody seems sure what this is. Is it really a prehistoric standing stone? Is it just a garden feature? Come along tomorrow and see for yourself.

Full details on my Facebook  event page.


Burton’s Tailors: – a free talk at Carers Leeds

Date: Tuesday 6th August

Time: 10.30 – 12.30

Venue: Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, LS1 6PT Leeds, UK

Burton’s was once one of the biggest employers in Leeds. For years the firm’s made-to-measure suits set the style in mass-produced menswear.  Burton’s may even have given phrases like Going for a Burton and The Full Monty to the English Language. Why not come along and find out more about Montague Burton and the company he created?

The talk is open to everyone but booking in advance is essential as places are limited. To do so contact Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338.


Archaeology and Folklore at Lowe Hill: A FREE talk and walk

Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK

Date: 25th July 2019

Time:  13.00 – 16.00

Venue: Wakefield College, Thornes Park Campus, Thornes Park, Horbury Road, WF2 8QZ

Cost:  FREE

Thornes Park (Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK) has a hidden secret. On the highest point of the park are the earthworks of a medieval motte and bailey castle. The site is obscured by trees and brambles and is not recognised for what it is by many people who walk in the park.

This session has two elements. The first is a talk which explores the history and folklore of the site. The second is a visit to the site itself to examine issues around its conservation and how best to present it to the public. Anyone wishing to join the group should meet in the main reception area of the college at 1.00.

This is one of a programme of events being presented by the Friends of CHaT Parks (Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes) to mark their 10th anniversary. A full programme can be downloaded from the Friends website. 

History and Folklore in the Meanwood Valley: a guided walk

Witch Stone, Meanwood Park

Date: 8th August 2019

Time: 7.30-9.00

Starting Point: Car parking area at the entrance to Meanwood Park (at the end of Green Road, Meanwood, Leeds, UK)

Cost: £2 for SLA members, £4 for non-members.

The Meanwood Valley is an oasis of quiet among the bustling suburbs of Leeds. In past centuries it was a centre of the Leeds tanning industry and must have been a much busier place. The present Meanwood Park was formerly the grounds of a large house called Meanwoodside which was developed by Edward Oates in the 1830s. The house has now gone but the park remains as a recreation facility for the citizens of Leeds.

The walk is part of a programme of events organized by South Leeds Archaeology and will start from the public car park at the end of Green Road. It follows the course of Meanwood Beck through the Park to Parkside Road and back. Most of the way is on park paths but some of these can be muddy; suitable shoes/boots and outdoor clothing should be worn.

A more detailed description of the walk can be found if you click here.

The Templars and Temple Newsam – an illustrated talk

Temple Newsam Estate

Date: 24th July 2019

Time:  7.30-9.00

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

Cost: £2 for SLA members. £4 for non-members

The landscaped gardens of Temple Newsam are a familiar sight to many Leeds people. It’s often thought that the Temple part of the name owes its origins to this 18th century folly tucked away in the woods. That’s not the case. In the Middle Ages the small village of Newsam was owned by the Knights Templar.  They were the ones to first call the place Temple Newsam to distinguish their property from other Yorkshire villages also called Newsam.

The Knights Templar have been the subject of a great deal of speculation in recent years. During this talk I look at their role as fighters in the Middle East and as farmers at home. There’s no Holy Grail, no secret societies – just good solid history. Come along and find out the truth about the Templars.

This talk is one of a programme of events organized by South Leeds Archaeology. All are welcome.

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Tudor and Stuart Leeds – a talk for Carers Leeds

Jacobean pews in Saint John’s church, Leeds

Date: Wednesday 11th July 2019

Time: 11.30 – 12.30

Venue: Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, LS1 6PT Leeds, UK

As part of their Time for Us event Carers Leeds have asked me to give a talk on Tudor and Stuart Leeds. This will look at a wide range of topics such as church and state, the Reformation, education Tudor and Stuart houses, and the Civil War

The talk is open to everyone but booking in advance is essential as places are limited. To do so contact Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338.

The talk is being sponsored by the WEA.