Medieval Castles of West Yorkshire: a free talk

Mirfield Castle Mound, West Yorkshire, UK

Date: 2nd April 2019

Venue: Knowl Club, 17 Knowl Rd, Mirfield WF14 8DQ (West Yorkshire, UK)

Start Time: 8.00 PM

This talk is being presented as part of a programme of events at the John Wheelwright Archaeological Society.

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 Yorkshire’s castles as well as examining their place in the landscape of the county.

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Talks at Pontefract Castle

Gate Tower, Pontefract Castle, West Yorkshire, UK

I really enjoyed myself talking at Pontefract Castle last Thursday and I’d like to thank Ian Downes and all the other staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make the session go so well.

I’m next speaking at Pontefract Castle on Saturday 29th of June when the topic will be Thomas of Lancaster.

Tickets are available from the Wakefield Museums and Castles website.

Medieval Castles of West Yorkshire: an illustrated talk

Fairies’ Hill, motte and bailey castle, Whitwood, West Yorkshire, UK

Date: 14 March 2014

Venue: Pontefract Castle

Start Time: 1.00 PM

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 Yorkshire’s castles as well as examining their place in the landscape of the county.

Mirfield Castle, West Yorkshire, UK

Mirfield Castle, West Yorkshire, UK

Looking for a different talk for your group? A list of the Talks I offer is available here.

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Leeds Local History – a new course at Carers Leeds

Date:  Tuesday mornings 5/03/19 0 26/3/10

The former Armley Canal Road railway station

Time: 10.30 – 12.30

Venue: Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, LS1 6PT Leeds, UK

Cost: (the course is free for participants on some benefits)

The four sessions will explore the development of Leeds in the 19th and 20th centuries and will help place the town in its historic context. Subjects include:

Railways Middleton Colliery Railway, different rail companies as they arrive in Leeds, effects of building railway arches across the centre of Leeds, building of City Station, Nationalisation Beeching cuts, new stations.

Houses 16th century gentry housing, move to brick, Regency Housing (Park Square, Denison House) Victorian Mansions

Shops Early markets/fairs, development of Market Hall, beginning of Marks and Spencer’s, Lewis’s and other department Stores, decline of the High Street.

Textiles Industrial revolution, flax and woollen industries, development of large integrated mills (Temple Mills Beam Ing Mills) Cloth Halls, 20th century decline of industry.

The course is open to everyone but Carers Leeds have asked if people outside the organization can check with them first to see if places are still available. To do so phone Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338.

The course is being sponsored by the WEA.

 

Daemonologia: Witchcraft in 17th century Wharfedale – an illustrated talk

A view over Wharfedale

Date: 4th February 2019

Venue: Fernando’s Brewery Tap, The Old Malthouse, 5 Avison Yard,| Wakefield | WF1 1UA, UK

Time:  7.45 PM

The talk discusses the Daemonologia of Edward Fairfax, a document written in 1622 to substantiate his claim that his children had been afflicted by witchcraft. Parallels are drawn between these incidents, the Pendle and other witch trials. An examination is also made of why Fairfax believed his children’s stories while the York Assizes found the supposed witches not guilty.

 

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.

 

 

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.