Events and Activities

Programme of Events 2020

  • Extraordinary Yorkshire Buildings

    Saturday 14 March 2020

    Annual day school, to be held this year at York St John University, York. The event will look at three buildings in South, West and North Yorkshire of exceptional interest. These are accompanied by talks from experts to put the buildings into a regional context. Talks will include:

    • Ingleby Manor, North Yorkshire: The Eures’ 16th century defensive house - David Cook
    • Defensible Buildings in Northumberland - Peter Ryder
    • The restoration of Carbrook Hall: from Civil War HQ, to a pub, and a Starbucks! - Peter Thornborrow
    • Decorative Plasterwork in Yorkshire 1570-1670, with particular reference to the Sheffield area - David Bostwick
    • Scout Hall, Mr Mitchell’s magnificent mansion - David Cant
    • Drawing out the evidence: Using reconstruction drawings as an aid to understanding historic buildings - Allan T Adams

    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.


  • Doncaster District Taster Visit

    Saturday 4 April 2020

    LATEST NEWS as of 17.3.20. In view of the COVID-19 situation, with regret we have taken the decision to cancel the taster visit. We hope to rearrange it in 2021.

    We begin our taster in Campsall village at the church that has the tallest Norman tower in Yorkshire (you can’t miss it so a good place to meet!), and investigate the complex development of its unique interior with fine rood screen that even features Byzantine script! At 12.00 midday we move to the opposite side of the road for a privileged look at the medieval Rectory, one of the buildings we will record at the recording conference – adding to the existing record of this stunning rare fourteenth century T-shaped building with tracery windows and timber ogee-arched doorheads in the hall screen. After this we take a booked buffet lunch (£10 payable on the day) at The Owston public house just a mile or so away (vegetarian options), located at the five-lane-ends junction with the A19 from Selby. After, we travel a short distance to Burghwallis to take the opportunity of visiting the superb St Helen’s Church (Saxon with herringbone masonry above Roman foundations) that preserves a rare mensa, the original stone altar. We then journey independently to Hooton Pagnell and reconvene in the churchyard of All Saints Church at 3.15-3.30pm where a view of the fourteenth century gatehouse can be had, before a tour of this attractive estate village with great views from its ridge location. The owner of seventeenth century Home Farmhouse has agreed to let us record it (not been recorded before) – gable-on to the street with a three-room plan.

    To book for the Taster Visit ring Peter Thornborrow on 07565 149493 (giving any dietary preferences) or email chairman@yvbsg.org.uk. Absolute deadline is two weeks beforehand on Saturday 21 March 2020, or book at the day school in York the previous Saturday (24 maximum). Meet from 10.30am at Campsall Church of St Mary Magdalene – park on the road throughout the village downhill from the church.


  • Annual Recording Conference - The Doncaster District

    Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May 2020

    LATEST NEWS as of 17.3.20. In view of the COVID-19 situation, with regret we have taken the decision to cancel the annual recording conference for this year. We hope to rearrange it in 2021.

    We are based at the Holiday Inn Junction 36, Doncaster; easy to get to without going into the centre of Doncaster, just half a mile off the A1M. Last year we recorded buildings with two-cell plans with rear aisles or outshuts. This year we record L-shaped seventeenth century and earlier buildings including brick houses, one featuring Tudor diaperwork at Low Grange, Thurnscoe, just over the border in Barnsley MBC, and another at the Manor House, Austerfield (near Bawtry), where brick encases the timber-framed home of Pilgrim Father William Bradford born here in 1589. He famously sailed to America on the Mayflower in 1620, becoming Governor of Plymouth Colony in 1621; the house is now a feature of the Pilgrim Trail but has never been previously recorded.

    On the Sunday afternoon we visit Tickhill on the southern border of the Doncaster district (just 20 minutes’ drive away) where members of the Tickhill Local History Society have agreed to lead us on a walkabout of this ancient market town, and an expert will guide us round the fine church interior pointing out the masons’ marks.

    Come and join us in Doncaster and help us record an outstanding collection of buildings – beginners are welcome, as are non-recording partners who might enjoy the hotel’s facilities. To book, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee.

    Two bursaries are available - for details see the bursary application form.


  • Wensleydale Recording Weekend

    Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July 2020

    LATEST NEWS as of 26.5.20. In view of the COVID-19 situation, with regret we have taken the decision to postpone this event. We hope to rearrange it at a future date.

    We plan to record a number of buildings in the dale on Saturday 4 July. This will be preceded by an introductory talk from David Cook on the evening of Friday 3 July in the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes. A building visit may be organised for the Sunday. If you have, or know of, a building in the dale that the YVBSG should record, or a suggestion for the Sunday visit, please contact David Cook. The list of buildings already recorded by the Group is on the website at www.yvbsg.org.uk/reports.html. Further details about the event to follow. Please note that those who wish to attend will need to arrange their own accommodation.


    Details of further events will be published here when finalised.