Medieval chapel, Pontefract Castle
Venue: Baildon Library, Hallcliffe, Baildon, BD17 6ND
Date: Monday 16th October 2017
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.
Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017
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.
A FREE day school on Friday 2nd of June 2017
Venue: Thornes Park College (Wakefield) and the castle itself
Start Time: 10.30
Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK
Lowe Hill is Wakefield’s hidden castle. It is situated on the highest point of Thornes Park and the earthworks are currently obscured by trees. The Friends of CHAT (Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes parks) have begun a programme of work which will enhance the historic and amenity values of the site. This FREE day school is aimed at anyone interested in the history and display of earthwork castles and at those who might be interested in volunteering for the Lowe Hill Project.
Topics to be discussed will include:
The history and archaeology of earthwork castles
Problems of management and conservation
Interpreting the past to the public
The role of the volunteer
Keeping volunteers and members of the public
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 is only one of several talks available through Heritage Education. For a full list, click here.