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.

 

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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.

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.