Events and Activities

  • Annual General Meeting and talk

    Saturday 19 March 2022

    The AGM was held by Zoom and the minutes can be found on the Members' Area. The meeting was accompanied by a talk by David Cook on some of the more unusual buildings to be found in the YVBSG archive. The talk is available to watch on our YouTube channel: see Yorkshire's Vernacular Buildings: surprises in our archive.


  • Vernacular Buildings of the Todmorden Countryside part two – Eastwood and then Mankinholes

    Saturday 25 June 2022

    A walk in the countryside near Todmorden on Saturday 25 June 2022, led by Kevin Illingworth. In the morning we walk up Eastwood Lane to Eastwood Old Hall (c.1730-40), Higher Eastwood (1630), Upper House Farm (porch 1716), and Hipperholme Farmhouse (1686). In the afternoon we drive to the south side of the Calder Valley, to the small village of Mankinholes. In Mankinholes is the late sixteenth century Mankinholes Hall - now the YHA youth hostel. Mostly re-built in the early nineteenth century, but the original gable by the roadside has round-arched mullion windows. Nearby is the late sixteenth century Old Farmhouse, and six water troughs in a line by the roadside.

    Missed this event? The short video below shows a selection of images from the walk; this video together with one from the first walk in 2021 can be found on our YouTube channel.


  • Doncaster Taster Visit

    Saturday 13 August 2022

    This car trip will give a taste of some of the fine churches and their villages in this eastern part of South Yorkshire in the Doncaster district. Contrasting sandstone villages with brick ones – mostly cottages dating after 1700, ending on the high ridge of the limestone belt with fine C17 Cotswold-type buildings mostly built gable-on to the street. Further information and details of how to book can be found in the Doncaster Taster programme.


  • Annual Recording Conference

    Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September 2022

    Our conference this year is based at the Holiday Inn Doncaster A1(M) Jct 36, High Road, Warmsworth, Doncaster. We will record some of the Doncaster area's amazing and interesting vernacular buildings. This will build on and add to studies done nearly forty years ago and the Group’s own recording work in Barnsley in 2017, Rotherham in 2018 and Sheffield in 2019. On Sunday afternoon, members of the Tickhill Local History Society will take us on a walkabout of this ancient town. Further information and details on how to book can be found in the conference leaflet.

    Two bursaries of £150 each will be available; those interested should complete and return the bursary form.


Third Thursday Talks

We are continuing to offer a series of online talks which will normally take place by Zoom at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of every other month. The talks are open to all (including non-members) and are free of charge. Members are notified by email as soon as booking is open for each talk, and details are also added to this website. When booking for a talk is open, please register by clicking on the 'Book now' button, which will take you to the Eventbrite booking page. Joining instructions with the Zoom link will be sent by email after booking. When possible, the talks will be recorded and published on the YVBSG YouTube channel.

Future talks

  • The South Yorkshire Survey part two: the Sheffield district and Carbrook Hall

    By Peter Thornborrow, on Thursday 18 August 2022 at 7.30pm.

    In the Sheffield area the YVBSG recorded seven buildings in 2019, and we'll look at these during the talk. In the north, Langsett Barn, a fine single-aisled barn dated 1621. In the delightful hamlet of Upper Midhope, Manor Farm, a fine 17th century farmhouse dated 1671 that encases an earlier cruck frame - its mullioned windows with decorative hood-mould stops (pictured above). Across the wild moorland Fairhouse in Low Bradfield is an outstanding 3-storey superbly restored farmhouse dated 1687, the mullioned windows glazed with diamond-paned leaded-lights. This has a typical 2-cell plan with a rear outshut, with a lobby-entry against the inglenook fireplace with a completely restored fire-hood. The rooms retaining panelled walls, a stone spiral stair, with a timber one to the attic. White House, Stannington is another equally well-restored mid-17th century farmhouse with a similar plan. Closer to Sheffield at Shiregreen, Hatfield House is a late-16th century box-framed farmhouse. Nearby Oak Fold Barn is a fine cruck barn possibly partly a dwelling originally. Carbrook Hall is the recently restored surviving 17th century wing of a former medieval manor house (demolished) containing two of the finest original carved oak panelled rooms and fireplaces in Yorkshire. A house of great historical interest due to its Civil War connections that became a pub in the 19th century, and more recently a Starbucks coffee house. All of these buildings featured in Yorkshire Buildings No. 48 (2020).


  • The ogee: its historic use

    By Malcolm Birdsall, on Thursday 15 September 2022 at 7.30pm.

    The talk will consider the ogee motif and its historic use, preceding the gentry-built ogee headed windows with mullions in a confined area of the North of England in the seventeenth century. Malcolm will discuss possible influences and an analysis for the gentry to have incorporated stone ogee-headed windows with mullions and shaped-head moulds in the seventeenth century. These only exist in a small area of Lancashire and Yorkshire – twenty depictions of this vernacular unique architecture will be shown. Please note that this talk will not be recorded.

    Booking not yet open.


Previous talks

Please visit our YouTube channel to watch recordings of many of these previous talks:

  • The South Yorkshire Buildings Survey: an introduction

    By Peter Thornborrow. Thursday 19 May 2022.

  • Traditional farm buildings around Ingleborough: a summary of recent work

    By David Johnson. Thursday 20 January 2022.

  • Looking closely at windows: what can they tell us?

    by Colum Giles. Thursday 18 November 2021.

  • Vernacular architectural features in parts of Upper Wharfedale and nearby (part 2)

    by Malcolm Birdsall. Thursday 21 October 2021. This talk was not recorded.

  • Mediaeval Buildings Myths – The Folklore and Archaeology of Historic Buildings

    by James Wright. Thursday 15 July 2021. This talk was not recorded.

  • Bricks and Mortar - rural industry and the supply of building materials 1700-1900

    by George Sheeran. Thursday 17 June 2021.

  • Three Carleton Buildings

    by Sue Wrathmell. Thursday 20 May 2021.

  • Revising Pevsner in the North Riding

    by Jane Grenville. Thursday 15 April 2021.

  • From Maypole to Daisy Bank: rebuilding a timber-frame at the end of the nineteenth century

    by David Cant. Saturday 27 March 2021.

  • Vernacular architectural features in Upper Wharfedale. Part 1 - the complex of buildings at Kilnsey

    by Malcolm Birdsall. Thursday 18 March 2021. This talk was not recorded.

  • A farmer-miner landscape: cowhouses and the practice of smallholdings in Castle Bolton (lower Wensleydale)

    by Hannah Kingsbury. Thursday 18 February 2021.

  • Ships timbers ahoy! Ways to convince it’s not part of the Armada

    by David Cant. Thursday 21 January 2021.