Midsummer Meander: A history walk in the grounds of Temple Newsam

Date: 21st June 2018

Time: 19.00

Starting Point: The Stable Courtyard, Temple Newsam, Leeds

Cast: £3.00 (Concession available to members of South Leeds Archaeology)

Sphinx Gate Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam House is a prominent landmark in the Leeds City Landscape. This evening walk explores the history and archaeology of it’s extensive parkland. We will talk about the development of the house and grounds, the deserted medieval village of Colton and the prehistory of the area.

The walk is moderately easy, though there are a couple of stiles and some hills to negotiate. The pace will be easy and the whole walk should last no longer than two hours.

Visitor information about Temple Newsam can be found by going to  the Leeds City Council website.

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Introduction to Community Based Archaeology

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

Dates: Every Tuesday, 17 April – 15 May

Time: 19.30 – 21.00

Cost: £60

Members of South Leeds Archaeology at work on a Community Archaeology Project

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at archaeology and not known where to start? If so, this 5-week course is for you. The aim is to take people with an interest in the subject through the basics of archaeology so that they can feel confident to volunteer for work on a Community Archaeology Project. Tuition will be given by Mike Turpin, Dave Weldrake and other members of South Leeds Archaeology.

Topics will include:

  • Finds are an important part of any excavation. These are fragments of clay tobacco pipes, probably from the 1800s. There’s little that can be said about the pieces of stem but it might be possible to date the bowls as some of them appear to have the manufacturer’s initials incorporated into the design.

    Researching a project: Archives, online resources, map regression

  • Carrying out recording fieldwork: Project design, excavation, field walking
  • Post-excavation: analysing the finds, writing reports

A full course outline is available on the South Leeds Archaeology website at http://www.southleedsarchaeology.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Course-Outline-2018.pdf.

For further information or to book a place contact:

Mike Turpin

email:  chair@southleedsarchaeology.org.uk

web page: http://www.southleedsarchaeology.org.uk/contact-us/

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.