Events and Activities

Programme of Events 2018

  • Town & Country: Vernacular Buildings in the Yorkshire Landscape - NOW FULLY BOOKED

    Saturday 17 March 2018

    Annual day school, to be again held at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. The theme is wide-ranging and covers much of Yorkshire, dealing with longhouses, 'shadow' (chalk) houses, yeoman houses, town houses and the effect that Parliamentary enclosure had on moorland townships. Talks will include:

    • Living with livestock: the longhouse in Yorkshire: its distribution, forms and functions - Barry Harrison
    • People, places, things: reconstructing Malton's lost late 17th century buildings from probate sources and the hearth tax - Dr Kate Giles
    • Enclosing the Moors: shaping the Calder Valley landscape through Parliamentary Inclosure - Sheila Graham
    • Shadow Houses: rebuilding on the Yorkshire chalk belt, 1820-1930 - George Sheeran
    • Craftsmen and clients, rebuilding at the beginning of the 18th century - David Cant
    • The dual economy of textiles and agriculture, the yeoman clothier in the Upper Calder valley in the late 17th century - Peter Thornborrow

    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 Rotherham Taster

    Saturday 21 April 2018

    Many people have never been to Rotherham, so we meet in the town centre inside the Minster at 10.30am – you can’t really miss it! This magnificent church is considered by Pevsner to be ‘one of the largest and stateliest parish churches in Yorkshire’. What impresses is the overwhelming scale of it dominating the town – cruciform plan with a crossing tower and a soaring spire. We’ll also see the contemporary Bridge Chapel and the restored Three Cranes on High Street, now an Antique Centre. We’ll then leave and go to see the Manorial Barn at Whiston (the oldest secular building in the north), as well as Kimberworth Manor House dated 1694, then further surprises!

    To book, please ring Peter Thornborrow on 01226 384642. Numbers restricted to twenty-five. Parking on Forge Island (in the middle of the river) is free on Saturdays.


  • Annual Recording Conference: Rotherham

    Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May 2018

    Our next annual recording conference will be held in the Rotherham area, as part of the Group's wider programme focusing on the buildings of South Yorkshire over four years. All welcome, whether beginners or experienced members!

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee. NB. Booking deadline now extended to 28 April 2018!

    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.


  • Another Bowland walkabout

    Saturday 16 June 2018

    An almost full-day visit led by Kevin Illingworth to six listed seventeenth century farmhouses in the extreme west of the former West Riding, which is only twelve miles from the Lancashire coast. An outline of the day is as follows:

    • 10.30am (approximately). Car-sharing to three United Utilities working farms in this beautiful area north-west of Dunsop Bridge. Near Sykes Farm, a mobile van sells hot sandwiches, drinks, ice cream.
    • Sykes Farm. Unlisted, whitewashed. Our short visit is to the farm buildings which have reset decorative dated doorheads/datestones.
    • Hareden Farmhouse. Dated 1690. Battlemented doorhead has three ogee arches.
    • Hareden Cottage, or Keeper’s Cottage. A three-unit late seventeenth century farmhouse. No public right-of-way, but we have access.
    • After lunch, we travel south to three seventeenth century farmhouses on the Duchy of Lancaster’s Whitewell Estate (the Queen).
    • The whitewashed seventeenth century Burholme Farmhouse was partly re-fenestrated in the late eighteenth century. Stakes,  early seventeenth century and Listed Grade 2*, is reached by stepping stones (for those who wish to take this route) across the River Hodder. Bring a walking stick if you have one! Four doorheads are similar to that at Hareden.
    • Lower Lees Farmhouse, 1678 on decorative doorhead, not on the public footpath, but we have access.
    • Lees House Farmhouse. Doorhead of 1678, with three arches, as seen in the March Newsheet.

    Meet 10.30am at Dunsop Bridge village car park (£1.40 for 4 hours, £2.20 for up to 8 hours). Toilets and cafe. Dunsop Bridge is over four miles south-west of Slaidburn. Before entering Bowland make sure that your car has sufficient fuel in its tank!

    If you’d like to come please telephone Kevin Illingworth on 01422 844941, or email j.k.illingworth@btinternet.com leaving your telephone number. Maximum number 25. Please say if you want lunch at Puddleducks Café.


  • Team Leaders’ Meeting

    Saturday 1 September 2018

    Conference team leaders are invited to attend this meeting at 1pm at the Friargate Meeting House, York. The purpose is to share findings from the recent Rotherham conference and help each other complete reports. Other members are very welcome to attend – please email David Cook on dcook0@talk21.com if you’d like to come along.


  • Knaresborough and Scriven walkabout

    Sunday 30 September 2018

    We're sorry to report that this event has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, but we hope to rearrange it for next year.


  • South Yorkshire Vernacular: review day of Rotherham's Best Buildings

    Saturday 13 October 2018

    Last year we began our exploration of the vernacular buildings of South Yorkshire in Barnsley and this year we visited Rotherham where we recorded five fascinating buildings covering an age range from the 12th to the early 18th century. At this half-day school the YVBSG will present the findings of their recent studies that provide new information and insights on buildings previously studied, as well as providing details of buildings not previously recorded. The buildings to be covered in detail are Scholes Medieval Barn; Kirkstead Abbey Grange at Thorpe Hesley; The Poplars at Upper Whiston; The Old Hall at Guilthwaite Hill, Upper Whiston; and Bramley Grange at Bramley.

    The venue is The Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, followed by an optional buffet lunch at The Old Queen's Head, the oldest vernacular timber-framed building in the city dating to around 1474. This will be followed by a walkabout in the afternoon. To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee, by Friday 5 October 2018.


Details of further events will be published here when finalised.