Events and Activities

Third Thursday Talks

Until we can resume our normal activities, we are offering 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.

Please book a place by clicking on the button, which will take you to the Eventbrite booking page. Joining instructions with the Zoom link will be sent by email after booking.

Details of more talks will be emailed to members and added to this website as they are arranged. When possible, the talks will be recorded and published on the YVBSG YouTube channel.

Future talks

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

    by George Sheeran. Thursday 17 June 2021 at 7.30pm.

    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 will be illustrated by sites and some buildings in the Yorkshire Wolds.

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

    by James Wright. Thursday 15 July 2021 at 7.30pm.

    Based on James’s regular blog, this talk looks at some of the most common misconceptions surrounding historic buildings. Stories of secret passages, yarns that spiral stairs in castles turn one way to advantage right-handed swordsmen and arrow stones in churches. The legends are outlined, the origins of the myths are explained and the underlying truth behind each story is revealed. Hopefully the talk will help to give a broader and deeper understanding of mediaeval buildings that will bring us just that little bit closer to their former occupants. James (Triskele Heritage) is an award winning buildings archaeologist. He has two decades professional experience of ferreting around in people’s cellars, hunting through their attics and digging up their gardens. He hopes to find meaningful truths about how ordinary and extraordinary folk lived their lives in the mediaeval period.

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Previous talks

  • 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 for reasons of copyright.


  • 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.