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Timeline York Plus Newsletter no 9

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Autumn 2010 Newsletter No 9


This Newsletter is distributed to the Timeline York Plus groups and to libraries in the Greater York area.


Timeline York Plus is an informal association of historical and archaeological societies in the area of Greater York, providing a forum for the exchange of news and views.

in the area of Greater York, providing a forum for the exchange of news and views.





All Saints Long Marston Parish History Group

Our last Open Day of the 2010 season took place on Saturday 9th October. Our 9 open days this year have been very well received by the public with, on some occasions, record numbers attending to see our special exhibitions and our extensive Parish Archive and Records.

Openings will recommence in April 2011 and details of dates and special exhibitions will be available on our web site later in the year.

For further information please telephone: 01904 738456 or visit our website:



Bilbrough History & Archaeology Group

Bilbrough History & Archaeological Group benefited from a “Skills Through Archaeology” course at YAT run by Jon Kenny and Andrew Jones. Roger Weatherill is now a member of the South Ainsty Archaeology Society and helping with surveys at the lost village of Hornington, a Saxon church at Scrayingham and at the site at Kirby in Cleveland. He has completed a map of all the wartime air crashes in the Bilbrough area with accompanying stories. We still await results of core samples taken at the White Hall moated site by York University students for evidence of mediaeval fish bones. Work continues on the adjoining lost village of Sandwith and on our “Bilbrough Through the Centuries” project. Descendants of the Wrights families (blacksmiths & farriers of Bilbrough) met for the first time at one of four summer Open Days. The Open Days are a result of working closely with Long Marston History Group. We would like to connect with others who have moated sites and also those with windmills.

Contact : Fiona Pearson fcpearson@hotmail.com and Roger Weatherill 01937 830204


Derwent Archaeology Group

The finds from a field walk at Scoreby Manor site were identified by Stephen Moorhouse and as Scoreby is on the River Derwent, he expected to see some pottery from a wide area but it was all Yorkshire-made from Skipton-on-Swale, Staxton and the York area. It dated from the 13th and 14th centuries. There were two pieces of Roman tile found in a section where a ditch or hollow way had been filled in. The surprise find was a piece of stone, shaped and looking like a poorly carved pineapple. It was fossil from the Carboniferous period.

Magnetometer surveys undertaken were quick to complete but proved disappointing – apparently the method does not work well on sandy soil but a more tedious resistivity survey showed more interesting results. These have yet to be professionally interpreted.

Contact Kay Wheater 01904 489407 for more information.


Dringhouses Local History Group

Our 2010-11 programme is now underway: we have had a talk by Hugh Murray entitled “The Pubs of York”, a walk to look at “Unnoticed Dringhouses,” and a visit to Middlethorpe Manor garden. This autumn and winter will see a variety of talks and a visit to York Racecourse buildings.

We have helped with the Dringhouses Cemetery information board which will be installed soon by the City of York Council and we have made a full photographic record of the Racing Stables designed by Walter Brierley in the 1920s.

Discovering Dringhouses – Aspects of a Village History” is the title of a book which we are publishing in November. It is about 112 pages with over 140 illustrations, mostly in full colour. The are 12 sections including the history of the main street; Roman Dringhouses; the 17th - century village; the brickworks legacy; 19th - century properties; the Cemetery and those killed in action in WWII whose names are on the War Memorial. The book will be available (price £8 plus P&P as applicable). For further details please telephone Alan Ramsbottom 01904 705340 or e-mail alanandmargaret@fsmail.net.

Also contact: 01904 703970 or 708770. The website is http://dlhg.weebly.com


Holgate Windmill Preservation Society

High 5 for Holgate!

The Society is delighted that it has been selected to be one of the contenders to compete for Lottery Funding in November during the ITV “Calendar” programme – “The People’s Millions”. Please watch out for the programme and vote for us to be awarded the £46.5K which will enable us to build the sail frames to hold the 200 shutters that we have already made. Then we can actually start milling!

Contact: Jen Hay on 01904 792638


Poppleton History Society

The Archaeology Section has nearly completed a full landscape survey on the Scheduled Ancient Monument site in Nether Poppleton, under the control of Jon Kenny. We will follow this up with further research into the history of the site.

The History Society continues with its varied monthly presentations between September and May each year. Presentations start at 7.30pm, at the Poppleton Centre in Upper Poppleton, on the first Wednesday of each month. For further details contact 01904 338610.

We have a History Society website as a subsection of the www.poppleton.net website.


North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society

Our book is still progressing and we shall be looking for funding shortly. We will also need the services of a specialised printer to publish the book. We have just finished the summer visit programme, the highlight of which was an ascent of the scaffolding on the outside of the Great East Window of York Minster.

Our speaker programme starts with an illustrated talk by Vicky Harrison on the various collections at the Minster. We also attended the book fair at the Guildhall in early October.

With the help of Jon Kenny, we are currently in process of applying for a HLF grant to support our landscape survey and associated events.

We have made a small trebuchet which will be operated in the playground of the primary school and will form part of their maths, physics and history syllabi.

Contact: Tony Stevens 01757 288941


South Ainsty Archaeological Society

We have had two main projects underway this summer. On the fieldwork side, a small group have completed a topographical survey of a deserted medieval village near Bolton Percy. Jon Kenny is assisting with a geophysical survey at the same site. The other news is that our first book will be published in November. “From Coppenthorpe to Copmanthorpe - Aspects of life in an Ainsty village” is a full-colour book of over 250 pages with some 100 illustrations which explores the village’s history from Domesday to the present day. The book will be priced at £12, but copies can be reserved now at the special pre-publication price of £10. Please send your name and address, along with a cheque made payable to South Ainsty Archaeological Society, to: Mrs R Foster, 4 Hatters Close, Copmanthorpe, YO23 3XQ. (If you wish to have it posted out to you, please add £1.50 P&P.) All advance orders must be received by 31 October 2010.

Contact: 01904 744263 or 705478


Strensall Local History Group

The geophysical survey of a Roman road, first identified by aerial photography several years ago, has commenced. The initial results are encouraging and further survey days will be planned shortly. The landscape survey of the Manor Hall garth has restarted, this time using electronic survey equipment. The methodology is much easier and quicker to use, and will allow us to concentrate our efforts on specific areas of interest in the fields behind the Hall. Work on the Slater Family Archive continues but, as previously reported, is taking a lot of time with the transcribing of the large amount of information. Our recent meetings have included talks on DNA and Family History: “What I found in Auntie’s drawers!” (Life in 1910 York); a tour around Holgate Windmill and a “treasure hunt” around the city centre. Future meetings will include: a talk entitled “A day in the life of a verger” given by Alex Carberry, Head Verger at York Minster; a showing of old films from York Film Archive taken in and around York; and a presentation by Jon Kenny about the community archaeological projects in Greater York.


Stockton and Hopgrove Local History Group

We are continuing our investigation into the possibility of a Roman Road and are pleased to say that some new evidence is now being considered.

It would appear that all chapters of our book will be completed by the end of the year.

A subsequent publication to the book may include the Military History of Stockton which has been investigated thoroughly by one member of our group.

We have now completed 19 oral history Interviews. The Vernacular Building Group visited the village and inspected houses in the main village street.

Our next meeting, to be held on 23rd September 2010, will be a joint display incorporating the archives of our group and those of Claxton/Sand Hutton. Everyone is welcome.

Contact: Joy Mosley at jmoseley@f2s.com


York Young Archaeologists’ Group

We meet at the Yorkshire Museum, or out at a particular site nearby, on the second Saturday of the month.

Contact: Helen: helen@bachelor5884.freeserve.co.uk or

Jon Kenny: jkenny@yorkarchaeology.co.uk


Other Groups’ Contact Details


Acomb Local History Group Contact: John Terry 01904 798956

Bishop Wilton Local History Group Contact: M & K Pratt pr@bdub.co.uk

Bishopthorpe Local History Group Contact: Diana Forrester 01904 705396 or the website at www.bishopthorpe.net/mt/history

Cawood Castle Garth Group Contact: Margaret Brearley at cawoodcgg@googlemail.com or 01757 268666. Web page http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/cawoodcastlegarth

The Claxton & Sand Hutton Local Heritage Group Contact: Anne White 01904 468550

Dunnington Through the Ages Contact: Marilyn Jones on 01904 488433 or drmarilynjones@aol.com

Friends of Hob Moor Web site: http://www.friendsofhobmoor.org.uk/Events

Friends of Hagg Wood Contact: Linda on 01904 489127

Friends of Skipwith Common Contact: Brian Elsey on 01757 288939

Haxby Local History Group Contact: Ian Mason, Secretary: ian@ianrmason.wanadoo.co.uk

Hungate Excavation (Hungate Community Archaeology Group) Contact: Liddy Dalesman on 01904 332784

Naburn Local History Group Contact: Christine Hirst at christine.hirst@talktalk.net

Pocklington and District History Society Contact: Andrew Sefton: asefton@gmail.com

Skelton Local History Group Contact: Nancy Spratt 01904 470507

Stillingfleet Chroniclers Contact: Jocelyn Appleyard 01904 728484

Tang Hall Local History Group Contact: Jane Burrows 01904 345942; Wendy Simmons 01904 410982


Please note: contact detail for Cath Neal (Heslington University Site Archaeology Officer) is cn123@york.gov.uk




Timeline York Plus holds regular meetings hosted each time by one of the member groups.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2.00 pm on Saturday 26 March 2011. The meeting will be hosted by the All Saints Long Marston Group. More details will be circulated to groups nearer the date.




Dr. Jon Kenny is the Greater York Community Archaeologist. His e-mail is: jkenny@yorkat.co.uk. Also make contact via the York Archaeological Trust at 47 Aldwark, York: Tel. 01904 663035.

Jon maintains a WIKI website (http://yorkcommunityarchaeology.pbwiki.com) on behalf of Timeline York Plus, giving details of archaeological activities in the Greater York area. It also includes more news of the Groups in this Newsletter.



This newsletter has been edited by Elizabeth Smith and Ted Kendall. Comments and enquiries may be sent to the various Groups’ contacts where given, or to Ted Kendall at: gandt.kendall@virginmedia.com or telephone 01904 338610.




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