The Templars and Temple Newsam – an illustrated talk

Date: 04/03/2019

Time: 2.00 – 3.30

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

The Knights Templar, a medieval religious and military order, have been the subject of a great deal of speculation in recent years. During this talk I look at their role as fighters in the Middle East and as farmers at home. There’s no Holy Grail, no secret societies – just good solid history. Come along and find out the truth about the Templars.

Temple Newsam Estate

The landscaped gardens of Temple Newsam are a familiar sight to many Leeds people. It’s often thought that the Temple part of the name owes its origins to this 18th century folly tucked away in the woods. That’s not the case. In the Middle Ages the small village of Newsam was owned by the Knights Templar.  They were the ones to first call the place Temple Newsam to distinguish their property from other Yorkshire villages also called Newsam.

 

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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.

History and Folklore in the Meanwood Valley: A free guided walk

Suicide Stone, Meanwood Woods

Suicide Stone, Meanwood Woods

I have been asked by the WEA to lead a guided walk In the Meanwood Park (Leeds, UK) on the evening of the 22nd of June 2016. The walk will start at 7.00 pm  from the public car park at the end of Green Lane and will follow the course of Meanwood Beck through the Park to Parkside Road and back. The walk is free of charge and all are welcome.

The Meanwood Valley is an oasis of quiet among the bustling suburbs of Leeds. In past centuries it was a centre of the Leeds tanning industry and must have been a much busier place. The present Meanwood Park was formerly the grounds of a large house called Meanwoodside which was developed by Edward Oates in the 1830s. The house has now gone but the park remains as a recreation facility for the citizens of Leeds.

The route follows park paths but some of these can be muddy; suitable outdoor shoes and outdoor clothing should be worn.

 

 

Discover the Heritage of Bradford

A  New Heritage Course Starting this month

Carving over a doorway in Little Germany

Carving over a doorway in Little Germany

Starting on the 26 of April I will be teaching a  7 week heritage course for the WE Ain The Parish Church of St James the Great (Pudsey, West Yorkshire, UK). Sessions run from 10.00 – 12.00 each Tuesday morning. The course costs £44.10.

Course details

The course consists of five classroom sessions at St James the Great and two guided walks in Bradford. The classroom sessions will cover the history of the town from Anglo-Saxon times to the 20th century. The guided walks will focus on surviving historic buildings in Little Germany/ Cathedral area, and in Little Horton Green.

To find out more or to book a place please visit the WEA website.

Aspects of Life in Bradford in the 19th and 20th centuries

A New Heritage Course Starting this month

For seven Fridays starting on the 22nd of April I will be teaching another heritage course for the WEA at the based at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley. The course features a mixture of indoor sessions and guided walks. The cost is £44.10.

Course details

The course consists of four classroom sessions at the Kirkgate Centre which alternate with three guided walks in Bradford.  These are as follows:

Former Co-op building Manningham Lane, Bradford. The initials BPIS stand for Bradford Provident Industrial Society.

Former Co-op building Manningham Lane, Bradford. The initials BPIS stand for Bradford Provident Industrial Society.

(At Kirkgate) Religion: Waterloo churches, chapels, role of Nonconformity in the development of Bradford, other religious groups

(Walk) Great Horton –

(At Kirkgate) Shops: corner shops and what they sold, the Co-op, Bradford Department stores

Cathedral 

(At Kirkgate) Houses: mansions, back to backs, semis and suburbia

(Walk) Bradford Town Centre

(At Kirkgate) Entertainment: cinemas, music hall s, theatres

To find out more or to book please visit the WEA 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.