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.

 

 

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The Aire Valley in Medieval Times: An Illustrated Talk

Baildon Market Cross

Date: Monday September 17th 2018

Time: 19.30 – 21.00

Venue:  Baildon Historical Society, Baildon Library, Hallcliffe, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6ND

The Aire Valley is noted for its industrial heritage. Yet this is only part of the rich history of the region.  Although it has become obscured by mills and factories, a medieval legacy can still be found in the area around Bingley, Shipley and Baildon. Join us to find out how the past has shaped the present along the Aire Valley.

The image shows the stocks and market cross in Baildon. The base may be medieval but the shaft is probably a later replacement.

Medieval Castleford: an illustrated talk (2)

The River Crossing at Castleford

Date: Monday 3rd September

Time: 14.00

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

The River Crossing at Castleford

The ford at Castleford has long been an important River Crossing and, as such, has seen its share of military action.

In 948 the Northumbrians rebelled against King Eadred and chose Erik Bloodaxe as their ruler. This enraged Eadred who launched a campaign against the northerners which resulted in the destruction of Ripon Cathedral. On his way south his rear-guard was massacred by the Northumbrians as it tried to cross the river at Castleford.

In 1067 William the Conqueror was held up for three weeks because the Aire at Castleford was flooded. This delayed his punitive campaign against the rebellious northern lords.

In 1461 there was skirmishing along this section of the River Aire prior to the Battle of Towton.  A detachment of Yorkist Troops crossed the river here in order to ambush Lord Clifford who was holding the ford at Ferrybridge.

Medieval Castleford: an illustrated talk

Castleford mill

Date: Monday 3rd September

Time: 14.00

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

Castleford is justly famous for its Roman antiquities and for its industrial heritage. Its medieval history is les well-known. In this talk I take a look at both archaeology and documentary sources to reveal what life was like for the people of Castleford in medieval times.

The image shows what used to be the Allinson’s Flour Mil at Castleford. This was probably also the spot where the medieval corn mill was located.

Medieval Castles of West Yorkshire: an illustrated talk

Sandal Castle, West Yorkshire, UK

Date: July 25th 2018

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

Start Time: 19.30

Cost: £4 (£2 for SLA members)

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

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 only lasted for a few decades but the magnificent 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 landscape of the county.

 

Rock Art: the problems of interpreting the unknowable.

Venue: Knowle Club, 17 Knowl Rd, Mirfield, WF14 8DQ

Date: 6th March 2018

Time: 8.00 – 9.30

This talk is being given to the Wheelwright Archaeological Society by Dave Weldrake.

Barmishaw Stone, Ilkley Moor

Rock Art is a subject which has been much studied in recent years. Yet no satisfactory answer has been found to the most obvious question: What were they used for? This talk considers the carved stones of Ilkley Moor and explains the problems which stand in the way of interpreting their significance.

 

 

Roman Castleford: An illustrated talk

Roman soldiers: Frieze by Harry Malkin

Date: 6th March 2018

Roman Castleford: An illustrated talk: 2.00

Venue: Castleford Library

Castleford was a major urban centre in Roman times. It developed from a small military installation guarding the crossing of the River Aire into a bustling industrial town. Over the years archaeologists have uncovered many fascinating objects which throw light on the lives of ordinary people in the past. Come along to the talk to find out more about Castleford’s rich archaeological heritage.