The Lost Kingdom of Elmet

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

For some time now I have been doing a talk about The Lost Kingdom of Elmet – one of the many small British principalities which sprang up after the collapse of Roman rule in Britain.  If you are interested in booking this talk for your organization, full details are available by clicking on the link below.

 The Lost Kingdom of Elmet

The Lost Kingdom of Elmet is only one of several talks available through Heritage Education. For a full list, click here.

Historic Wells of West Yorkshire

A talk on the 19th of November 2015

Whittling Well on Heath Common (West Yorkshire, UK). This is a large trough covered by an ornate stone arch.

Whittling Well on Heath Common (West Yorkshire, UK). This is a large trough covered by an ornate stone arch.

I have been asked by the Garforth Historical Society to talk on the subject of Historic Wells on the evening of Thursday 19th of October. The talk looks at many different types of well including holy wells, spas and the kind of water trough you can still see at the side of the road. The talk costs £1 for non-members and all are welcome.

Venue: Church Gardens Centre (off Church Lane), Garforth, LS25 1HG
Start time: 7.30 pm.

14th of October: The lost kingdom of Elmet

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

On the 14th of October I shall be talking to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society about the lost Kingdom of Elmet. This was a small British Kingdom which emerged after the collapse of Roman rule in the area which is now West Yorkshire. Only a few tantalizing scraps of evidence have survived but a close examination can throw some light onto this shadowy part of northern history.

Venue: Methodist Church, Bridge Lanes, Hebden Bridge HX7 6EU

Start time: 7.30 pm

Cost: £3

For further details, click here to go to the Hebden Bridge Local History Society website.

Hirst Wood Guided Walk 13th of September 2015

Back by popular demand

Hirst Wood Cemetery

Hirst Wood Cemetery

At the request of the Shipley Photographs and Memories Facebook Group I am for a second time leading guided walk around Hirst Wood and the adjacent area (West Yorkshire, UK) on the afternoon of Sunday 19th July 2015.

The walk will focus on the history and antiquities of the area including the canal, the railway, possible prehistoric walling, and two cemeteries as well as Hirst Wood itself.

The walk costs £3 and starts from the public car park at the bottom of Hirst Lane at 2.00 PM.

For further details click here.

Hirst Wood Guided Walk 19th of July 2015

The site of New Hirst Mill

The site of New Hirst Mill

At the request of the Shipley Photographs and Memories Facebook Group I am leading guided walk around Hirst Wood and the adjacent area (West Yorkshire, UK) on the afternoon of Sunday 19th July 2015.

The walk will focus on the history and antiquities of the area including the canal, the railway, possible prehistoric walling, and two cemeteries as well as Hirst Wood itself.

The walk costs £3 and starts from the public car park at the bottom of Hirst Lane at 2.00 PM.

For further details click here.

 

 

Discover Your Local Heritage: New Update

The Soldier’s Trench – a possible stone circle on Brackenahll Green

The Soldier’s Trench – a possible stone circle on Brackenahll Green

I’ve just finished updating my Discover Your Local Heritage page. This is where I list the sources I use in the heritage and history courses I teach. It helps my students to carry out their own researches into the development of their own communities. It could help you too.

Visit Discover Your Local Heritage today. You never know what you’ll find.

The next 7-week course Aire Valley Industries: A Historical Perspective starts on the 17th of April at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley. For full details or to enrol go to the WEA website now.

 

The Aire Valley in the Middle Ages

The River Aire near Bingley

The River Aire near Bingley

On Wednesday 11th of March I shall be talking to the Keighley and District Local History Society about the Aire Valley in the Middle Ages. The talk focuses on the preindustrial landscape of the area between Keighley and Shipley and is fully illustrated by PowerPoint.

The talk is being held at 7.30 in Keighley Library. Non-members are welcome. The entrance fee is £2.00.