Events and Activities

Events for 2021

  • Vernacular Buildings of the Todmorden countryside – walks to the Cross Stone and Eastwood areas

    Saturday 25 September 2021

    Missed this event? The short video below shows a selection of images from the walk. We hope to arrange another walk in this area during 2022.


Third Thursday Talks

As we begin to resume our normal activities, we are continuing to offer a series of monthly online talks which will normally take place by Zoom at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the 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.

Please note that there will be no talk in December 2021.

Future talks

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

    By David Johnson on Thursday 20 January 2022 at 7.30pm.

    Since 2011 Alison Armstrong and David Johnson have led on various programmes surveying field and farmstead barns, byres and shippons in Upper Ribblesdale and around Ingleborough, including Level 3 surveys, and dendro dating of reused timbers in 12 ‘buildings’. This presentation summarises the overall findings.

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Previous talks

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

    by Colum Giles. Thursday 18 November 2021.

    To state the obvious, all vernacular houses have windows. But not all windows are the same, they vary in form and style from house to house and within individual houses. Why? What can we deduce from the patterns which we observe and record? This talk takes the vernacular houses of the Calder valley for an examination of the ways in which windows can provide insights into themes such as status, function and the roles of the builder and client.


  • 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.

    Until the end of the nineteenth century many rural areas that had not experienced industrial and population growth continued to produce building materials in traditional ways. This talk deals with the supply of bricks and lime for building purposes before improvements in manufacture were adopted. It is illustrated by sites and some buildings in the Yorkshire Wolds.


  • Three Carleton Buildings

    by Sue Wrathmell. Thursday 20 May 2021.

    Carleton village buildings present us with two very different sets of characteristics. There is the small agricultural settlement close to a hunting park and crossing point on the River Aire with vernacular houses, manor house, an inn and small church. All changed with the construction of a steam-powered cotton mill and terraced housing for the rapidly expanding industrial community. Three prominent historic buildings: the Old Hall, Spence's Court and Dale House, have been selected to present evidence of changes made through hundreds of years, using the development of the buildings themselves, and some of the research by the Carleton History Group into the families who built or lived in them.


  • Revising Pevsner in the North Riding

    by Jane Grenville. Thursday 15 April 2021.

    Pevsner's fieldwork for the North Riding took place in July and August 1963 amidst storms and ‘then hot summer, with the air filled with camomile, jasmine and lime’, according to his wife, Lola, driver as always, writing afterwards to a friend about the joyousness of that summer together. Pevsner loved the North Riding: the buildings, the scenery, the people (it is the volume that is famously dedicated to ‘those publicans and hoteliers … who provide me with a table … to scribble on’). This lecture covered Pevsner’s background and that of the Buildings of England series before going on to give a (necessarily selective) account of Jane's work on revising the volume over the past five years.


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

    by David Cant. Saturday 27 March 2021.

    A short talk describing the moving of a timber-framed house from the centre of Halifax to a new site in 1890. This talk was presented as part of the YVBSG AGM.


  • 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.

    The talk explored to what extent Castle Bolton can be termed a 'farmer-miner' landscape, by looking at the area's dual-economy, the practice of smallholdings and the use of single-storey cowhouses. Castle Bolton is home to a particular concentration of these cowhouses, making it a good case study to explore their form and features.


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

    by David Cant. Thursday 21 January 2021.

    Owners of houses and pubs with ancient looking timbers often seem to think that they must have been rescued from old ships. This talk by David Cant examined the reasons behind this with some examples from the north of England. He also considered the thorny problem of whether we should try to debunk this myth and how we could do this.