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.

 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

Aire Valley Industries: a Historical Perspective

New course starts on Friday 17th of April

The canal near Shipley

The canal near Shipley

This is the latest of a series of extremely popular courses which I have run for the Workers’ Educational Association in Shipley (West Yorkshire, UK). It focuses on four topics – communications networks, the development of the textile industry, coal and the age of steam, and the development of light engineering in the valley. The course features a mixture of classroom sessions and guided walks.

For further information or to book places visit the WEA website.

This is only one of several forthcoming events and courses in which I am involved. Here are some dates for your diary. More information will be posted later.

 

Saturday 25 April: Ilkley Moor guided walk 2

 

Saturday 30th May: Ilkley Moor Walk 3

 

Tuesday 9th June (for three successive Tuesday): Discover the Heritage of the Wharfe Valley. Information on the WEA website

 

 

The lost kingdom of Elmet: Tuesday 7th January 2014

 

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

Castle Hill Almondbury (West Yorkshire UK)

On the evening of the 7th of January I shall be presenting a new talk to the John Wheelwright Archaeological Society. The subject of this fully illustrated talk is The Lost Kingdom of Elmet and deals with West Yorkshire during the 5th and 6th-centuries AD. The society meets at Knowl Club (17 Knowl Rd, Mirfield, West Yorkshire WF14 8DQ). The meeting starts at 8.00. All are welcome.

The Lost Kingdom of Elmet is just one of several walks and talks I can offer to local groups.

To see a list of guided walks click here.

For more information about talks, click here.