Events and Activities

Programme of Events 2017


    Saturday 25 March 2017

    Annual day school, to be again held at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. The theme is an examination of probate records - inventories and wills - to provide a better understanding of how houses were used and furnished in the late seventeenth century. Talks will include:

    • An introduction to recording vernacular buildings: approaches to investigation, research and recording. Case studies to include Nappa Hall - Dr Adam Menuge
    • Furnishing the Past: from Wharram Percy to Wuthering Heights/Top-Withens. Houses & Lifestyles: the inventory evidence – recreated interiors - Peter Brears
    • Town & Country: Skipton, the Dales & the village of Carleton-in-Craven. The architectural & documentary evidence - Sue Wrathmell
    • Yeoman & Gentry Houses of the Upper Calder Valley in the 17th century. Inventories & furniture – Chests, Kists, Coffers & Arks what they looked like - Peter Thornborrow
    • Beverley 1680-1720: Houses, Fittings & Furniture - Barry Harrison
    • Life & Death in the Parish of Halifax: what we can learn from probate records - Sheila Graham

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee.

    The YVBSG will hold its AGM immediately after the talks as usual.

  • A Barnsley Taster!

    Saturday 8 April 2017

    A walk and guided visit to Worsbrough Mill, Rockley Old Hall, and Houndhill led by Peter Thornborrow. Park in large carpark at Worsbrough Mill (£3) off west side of A61; go via Junction 36 of M1 and follow signs for Barnsley – at the bottom of the hill on bend. Come early for a coffee in the Mill café from 10.00am. Guided tour of the fine seventeenth century watermill by the curator at 10.30am, then a pleasant one-mile walk on level ground alongside the dam to the Old Hall – five gables and at least three phases. After a pub lunch visit the wonderful timber-framed Houndhill. Maximum number 25. To book, email Peter on or telephone 01226 384642.

  • Annual Recording Conference: The Best of Barnsley

    Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2017

    Annual recording weekend, to be held in the Barnsley area. We will record some of the Barnsley area's Grade I and II* vernacular buildings: houses and associated buildings, summer houses, stables, barns and farm buildings, building on and adding to studies done nearly forty years ago. All welcome, whether beginners or experienced members!

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee.

    Two YVBSG bursaries of £150 each, in memory of member Tony Tolhurst, are available to help pay for attendance at the conference. If you'd like to apply, please complete and return the bursary application form.

  • Walkabout in Bolton-by-Bowland

    Saturday 17 June 2017

    A full-day visit to the Forest of Bowland, including a village walkabout and walks to six seventeenth century farmhouses.

    • 10.05am. Car-sharing to Fooden Farmhouse (1 mile east). Single-storey porch with prominent dovecote.
    • Fooden Hall (Listed 2*). Front elevation has mullion and transom windows to first floor, including two-storey porch. Sika deer in this area.
    • Back to village, then fifteen-minute walk (and back) through fields to Bolton Peel Farmhouse (Listed 2*) with two-storey jettied porch. Barn has three cruck-trusses.
    • Village walkabout, then lunch at approximately 1pm. After lunch, short drive/walk to hamlet of Holden (¾ mile west). Walks from here.
    • Broxup House (1687) has good local decorative features, inside and out. ‘The earliest of the exotica’ – Pevsner. (House is opposite Holden Clough Nursery and tea-room.)
    • Wycongill. Late seventeenth century with jettied porch.
    • Alder House Farm (Listed 2*). Dated 1708, but earlier. Three storeys with full-height jettied porch. Many features typical of Bowland: ‘the culmination of the group’ – Pevsner. Not to be missed! Up a private road with no public access, so few people ever see it, but we are welcome.

    Meet 10am at village car park (12 spaces), toilets here. Parking also around two village greens. Directions: from the busy A59 Skipton to Clitheroe road, watch out for signposts to Bolton-by-Bowland at Gisburn and Sawley.

    If you’d like to come please telephone Kevin Illingworth on 01422 844941, or email leaving your telephone number. Maximum 25 people. Lunch at village tea-room/shop – sandwiches start at £4.50. Please say when you book if you want lunch.

  • Conference Team Leaders’ Meeting

    Saturday 1 July 2017

    Conference team leaders and their 'shadows' are invited to attend this meeting at 1.30pm in the Backhouse Room, Friargate Meeting House, York. The purpose is to share findings from the recent Barnsley conference and help each other complete reports. Other members are very welcome to come along – please email David Cook on

  • Northallerton Walkabout

    Sunday 10 September 2017

    A walk around the market town of Northallerton with Barry Harrison and Tony Robinson. The buildings of the town have been little studied and there is much of interest to be seen, including some timber framing. We will see some contrasts between superior Georgian town houses, including the stone-faced Durham House with its coach house and the remains of the cottages which filled the town yards until mostly removed by 1950s slum clearance. 

    Start at 2pm from the south side of the Parish Church near the war memorial, for a look at North End, then the High Street with diversions down yards and alleys, to finish opposite the library by 4.30pm. Please let Tony Robinson ( know if you’d like to come. The parish church is a 15-20 minute walk from the station.

  • South Yorkshire Vernacular and Barnsley's Best Buildings

    Saturday 21 October 2017

    Our second day school of the year, to be again held at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. It is almost 40 years since the last systematic and detailed recording work was done in the Barnsley area. The YVBSG will present the findings of their recent studies of seven buildings there. Providing new information and insights on buildings previously studied as well as revealing details of buildings not previously studied in detail, this is an essential event for anyone interested in the historic buildings of Yorkshire and the Barnsley area. Talks will include:

    • The Vernacular Buildings of South Yorkshire - Peter Ryder
    • Barnsley's Best Buildings: an introduction - David Cook
    • Barnsley's Best Buildings: the rest of the best - Peter Thornborrow
    • Ingfield Cruck Barn, Ingbirchworth - Tony Robinson
    • Birthwaite Hall Farm Buildings, Darton - Malcolm Birdsall
    • The Long Barn, Bullhouse Hall, Penistone - Nick Nelson
    • The Summer House at Bullhouse Hall - Lorraine Moor
    • Swaithe Hall and Cruck Barn, Worsbrough - Roger Lambert
    • Houndhill, Worsbrough - David Cook

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee.

Details of further events will be published here when finalised.