Events and Activities

Programme of Events 2019

  • Building our Knowledge: Recent Projects on Historic Buildings and Contexts

    Saturday 23 March 2019

    Annual day school, to be held this year at York St John University, York. The theme is an update on projects involving historic and vernacular buildings in Yorkshire, either in progress or recently completed. Talks will include:

    • Woods, Trees and Timber Crucks in the Ribblehead Area: discovering re-used cruck timbers in the Dales. - Alison Armstrong
    • Who put the Hall in Old Town Hall: a Calder valley conundrum? - David Cant
    • “The Best Fashion of the Times. Good Houses for the Residence of Merchants and Principal People?” Timber-framed buildings of Beverley 1330-1674. - David Cook
    • Revising the Yorkshire North Riding Pevsner: “some stormy days and then hot summer with air filled with chamomile, jasmine and lime?” - Dr Jane Grenville
    • From Dereliction to Domestication: a farmstead reborn. - Liz Humble
    • The village of Elsecar, South Yorkshire: vernacular buildings in an industrial landscape. - Dr Jayne Rimmer

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee. Alternatively, tickets at the non-member rate of £37.27 (including buffet and booking fee) can also be booked online via Eventbrite by clicking on the button below:

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

  • A Sheffield Taster: visit to the Dark Peak

    Saturday 30 March 2019

    Come to Langsett car park near the reservoir from 10am; walk will depart promptly from aisle-side (WCs) of large barn at 11am. Location: betwixt Huddersfield and Sheffield on A616, just 10 miles from Junction 38 of M1, 30 minutes’ drive via Kexborough, Cawthorne, Hoylandswaine, Penistone, Thurlstone and Millhouse. If early go for a coffee at the pink spotted café. If late you may have to park on west approach to Langsett as the car park fills early.

    We can promise you amazing vernacular house interior visits, seeing three of the houses we will record later in the year: two cruck houses with bressumer, firehoods, board-and-muntin panelling and decorative stone work at Upper Midhope (short pleasant walk). Drive to unspoilt Midhope Chapel (porch dated 1705), then over the moors to High Bradfield to park in pub car park at Old Horns Inn, Towngate S6 6LG, with lunch on arrival (serves excellent food all day) then walk down Towngate to the church. You will hardly believe you are in South Yorkshire! Then drive down the hill to Low Bradfield: go over bridge, turn right and park in village car park on right. Then at 3.30pm short walk to see outstanding three-storey Fairhouse (well named) superbly restored, with diamond-pane leaded-lights, lobby-entry against the firehood, panelled walls, stone spiral stair, with a timber one to the attic, flat-balusters, original doors and hinges. We are promised tea and cake. It will be worth the effort of a long drive; don’t miss this one! Bring a torch to better see apotropaic marks and ancient graffiti on a beamed ceiling.

    Ring Peter Thornborrow to book: 01226 384642 (leave message giving name and contact details), or email chairman@yvbsg. First twenty-five to book only.

  • Annual Recording Conference: Hallamshire and the Dark Peak

    Friday 17 to Sunday 19 May 2019

    The next annual recording conference will be held in the Sheffield area (based at The Rutland Hotel), as part of the Group’s wider programme focusing on the buildings of South Yorkshire over four years. We will record a number of vernacular farmhouses and barns in Bradfield civil parish in the Dark Peak that exhibit similar characteristics. Cruck-framed two-cell lobby/end-baffle entries, with a bressumer incorporating the lobby door-head with firehoods. One with a parlour fireplace backing on to the reredos wall with a stone spiral stair to an attic. Mullioned windows with hood-moulds some with decorative label-stops. Also the oldest post-framed timber building within Sheffield city not previously recorded! All welcome, whether beginners or experienced members.

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee. Booking deadline: 10 April 2019 (NB now extended to 20 April 2019).

    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.

  • A visit to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

    Saturday 22 June 2019

    A full-day visit to this large parish in north Craven. Meet at the Yorkshire Dales National Car Park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 10am. Parking at the YDNPA car park costs £4.50 for over two hours. Alternatively, park at the Golden Lion public house all day for £2 (the lower car park). Read parking instructions when putting £2 in the padlocked box. There may also be places (free) on the road between the Crown public house and the railway station. Tea/coffee can be purchased at the Golden Lion from 9.30am.

    The YVBSG has surveyed over thirty buildings here, and in 1995 Arnold Pacey led an eleven-mile walk. This visit involves car-sharing and short walks, looking at farmhouses and barns. Many members might never have seen a ridge of interlocking slates known as ‘wrestlers’, as seen at Hewbell Barn, the most southerly known example in England. Two houses have ‘weatherwalls’: extra gable walls to keep out the rain. Around eighteen are known in north Craven and Lancashire. Horton Flags were used to construct water troughs and water tanks, which have five slabs bolted together. Porches, internal walls, heck walls, gate stoops, clapper bridges, dripmoulds, and boundary markers are built with these flags.

    At the time of writing, houses to be seen include Lodge Hall (1687 – Grade 2*); Top Farm, Selside (1726 and earlier); we will see the interior of The Shaws, Selside (1738 and earlier); North Cote Farm has weatherwall, trough and water tank; Rowe Farmhouse (1728 on battlemented lintel).

    St Oswald’s Church (Grade 1) has a twelfth century nave. Inside, the floor is paved with massive Horton Flags – one measures 9’ by 5’ 7''. We will measure the others! Lunch at the Helwith Bridge Inn, where the floor is paved with even bigger flags – one is 9’ 3'' by 6’. See the menu online at The intriguingly-named Hotel Paradiso can be seen nearby! For further information about thirty-two listed Horton structures, see the websites and

    If you’d like to come, please email Kevin Illingworth on leaving your telephone number, or phone Kevin on 01422 844941, stating whether you wish to have lunch. Maximum of 25.

  • Conference Team Leaders’ Meeting

    Saturday 29 June 2019

    Conference team leaders are invited to attend this meeting at 1.30pm in the Lonsdale Room at the Friargate Meeting House, York. The purpose is to share findings from the recent Sheffield recording conference and help each other complete reports. Any enquiries to David Cook on

  • South Yorkshire Vernacular: review day of Buildings of Hallamshire and the Dark Peak

    Saturday 14 September 2019

    A review of the buildings recorded in the Sheffield area in May, to be held at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. The recording conference was a great success, supported by enthusiastic recording teams ably led by team leaders who are keen to share their buildings with you. Two barns: one post-and-truss with a single-aisle, the other cruck-framed with remnants of timber-framed end walls. Two houses: similar with a part-medieval fifteenth century post-and-truss house that revealed more of itself when we recorded it, and a superb two-cell cruck-framed house – the crucks with a mid-sixteenth century dendro-date, stone-clad in 1671 with decorative label stops (drip-mould terminations). Then two mid-to-late seventeenth century houses, both with two-cell plans, continuous outshuts, and end-lobby entries; one two-storeys the other three-storeys with firehood and spiral staircases. Finally a seventeenth century stone 'wing', a remnant of a large timber-framed mansion (demolished in the 1850s) which contains two oak panelled rooms of the finest quality with outstanding fireplaces and which has been the subject of much documentary research by the recording team; this will feature in next year's annual day school rather than this one. Come and see these on the big cinema screen in comfortable seats at a great venue; it will be worth the early start! For the full programme, please see the booking form.

    To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee. Booking deadline: 30 August 2019.

  • A walk around Bedale

    Saturday 28 September 2019

    A walk around Bedale led by Tony Robinson., loosely in the footsteps of Robert Hird (1768-1841), local diarist, ‘poet’ and shoemaker. Meet at 2pm at the car park at the rear of Bedale Hall. We hope to finish around 4pm at Panetti's where hopefully we will be able to view the roof structure (recorded by the Group in 1974, Report 101).

    Bedale Hall (which houses the library and museum) is at the north end of the main street next to the golf club and opposite the parish church. On-street parking is available, or off-street parking behind the main street. Bedale Hall car park is ‘for patrons only’.

    No need to book, but contact Tony on if you have any queries.

  • Annual Day School and AGM

    Saturday 14 March 2020

    We plan to hold the annual day school in York again next year, looking at some of Yorkshire's 'extraordinary buildings'. Full details to follow.

Details of further events will be published here when finalised.