The Templars and Temple Newsam – an illustrated talk

Date: 04/03/2019

Time: 2.00 – 3.30

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

The Knights Templar, a medieval religious and military order, 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.

Temple Newsam Estate

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.

 

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Leeds Local History – a new course at Carers Leeds

Date:  Tuesday mornings 5/03/19 0 26/3/10

The former Armley Canal Road railway station

Time: 10.30 – 12.30

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

Cost: (the course is free for participants on some benefits)

The four sessions will explore the development of Leeds in the 19th and 20th centuries and will help place the town in its historic context. Subjects include:

Railways Middleton Colliery Railway, different rail companies as they arrive in Leeds, effects of building railway arches across the centre of Leeds, building of City Station, Nationalisation Beeching cuts, new stations.

Houses 16th century gentry housing, move to brick, Regency Housing (Park Square, Denison House) Victorian Mansions

Shops Early markets/fairs, development of Market Hall, beginning of Marks and Spencer’s, Lewis’s and other department Stores, decline of the High Street.

Textiles Industrial revolution, flax and woollen industries, development of large integrated mills (Temple Mills Beam Ing Mills) Cloth Halls, 20th century decline of industry.

The course is open to everyone but Carers Leeds have asked if people outside the organization can check with them first to see if places are still available. To do so phone Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338.

The course is being sponsored by the WEA.

 

Daemonologia: Witchcraft in 17th century Wharfedale – an illustrated talk

A view over Wharfedale

Date: 4th February 2019

Venue: Fernando’s Brewery Tap, The Old Malthouse, 5 Avison Yard,| Wakefield | WF1 1UA, UK

Time:  7.45 PM

The talk discusses the Daemonologia of Edward Fairfax, a document written in 1622 to substantiate his claim that his children had been afflicted by witchcraft. Parallels are drawn between these incidents, the Pendle and other witch trials. An examination is also made of why Fairfax believed his children’s stories while the York Assizes found the supposed witches not guilty.

 

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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.

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.