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Timeline York Plus Newsletter no 10

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Newsletter No 10 Spring 2011


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.




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



All Saints’ Long Marston Parish History Group

Saturday 9th April marked the start of our 2011 season of exhibitions in All Saints’ Church, Long Marston. Information has been added to our archive and record collections during the winter. Our themed exhibitions for 2011 will be ‘The Parish in Photographs to the Present Day’ [April, May and June], ‘The English Civil War – 2nd July 1644’ [July and August] and ‘Rites of Passage – Life’s Milestones’ [September and October]. Our June openings take place on Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th which coincides with ‘The Parish Open Gardens Weekend’.

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


Bilbrough History & Archaeology Group

Dates for Open Days at Bilbrough Church, Summer 2011, are as follows:

Saturday: June 18th and July 16th (11am to 4pm). No open days in August but then we will hold one on September 10th. We will be represented in York at the Guildhall History and Archaeology Book Fair in October.

Roger completed a PLACE course in York and is about to join CBA whilst working with Jon Kenny on various projects and surveys around York.

We would like to connect with groups who have a moated site.

Contact : Fiona Pearson fcpearson@hotmail.com and 07960 175413 and Roger Weatherill 01937 830204


Bishopthorpe Local History Society

At the moment four of our members are accessing, cataloguing & digitising our archives; they are now about half way through this task. We continue to hold talks for the people of Bishopthorpe but our audiences are small. We hope to publish a second village history walk later this year.

Contact: Diana Forrester tel. 01904 705396.

website www.bishopthorpe.net/mt/history


The Claxton & Sand Hutton Local Heritage Group

Members of the group are continuing to research various archives to increase local history knowledge and build on the research done for the millennium publication ‘Claxton and Sand Hutton - Reflections’. This is being supplemented by oral history recordings through interviews with local residents. A very successful ‘Down Memory Lane’ evening was held during which four residents entertained us with their past memories of the two villages. A film evening, hosted by the Yorkshire Film Archive, set this in context with wider reminiscences of Yorkshire in the 50’s and 60’s. Meetings with other local history groups and Jon Kenny, community archaeologist, have helped us share experiences and ideas for future projects.

For further information on the Group and its activities, please contact Anne White (01904 468550).


Dringhouses Local History Group

Our varied programme of talks continues to attract big audiences, frequently numbering over 70 (our membership is now over 150). The Dringhouses Cemetery Information Board, for which we provided the text and some images, is now in place. It looks good and an excellent view of it (and the whole of the cemetery,) can be obtained from the upper deck of the Coastliner buses!

We have also helped the City of York Council prepare an information board now installed at Tyburn – again we provided the text and some images, at very short notice.

Our book launch event, attended by over 80 people including the Lord Mayor, was a huge success and the book “Discovering Dringhouses – Aspects of a Village History”, has been very well received. Details of how to purchase a copy are on our website or phone 01904 703970 for details.

We continue to give talks to local groups and societies and to answer queries from near and far about Dringhouses history. We maintain good contact with our community but there is always more to be done. A third free leaflet (this time the subject is Knavesmire Wood) is now being distributed.

Contact: 01904 703970 or 708770. Our website is http://dlhg.weebly.com


Friends of Hagg Wood

Our landscape history project is progressing well and we are planning a 2-day seminar on October 15th/16th entitled "Revealing Historic Landscapes - The Townships of Dunnington and Grimston", to be held in the Sports Club, Dunnington. This is an excellent venue with free car parking facilities and the price will include a buffet lunch on Saturday. The Saturday morning session will cover 'Understanding Historic Landscapes' with a talk by landscape historian Stephen Moorhouse and botanist Barry Wright. The afternoon lectures will cover 'The Results and Future Work'. On Sunday we will have 2 field walks (one looking at ridge and furrow, medieval hedges and toft systems and the other a deserted township) with a break for a picnic lunch at the Sports Club in-between. It will be a very interesting weekend, outlining the work we have been engaged in over the last four years. More details will appear in the Autumn Newsletter.

Contact Linda Maggs on York 489127.


Haxby and Wigginton Local History Group

As this year is relatively young we have only had three meetings, one of which was an AGM. The highlight so far has been our 10th Anniversary in February. This was largely a social event made up of our own presentations followed by a light lunch which included a huge celebration cake. We hope to continue similar interesting and enjoyable aspects of last year into this year. We had a number of talks supported by film/slide shows given by visiting speakers. These included such subjects as the musicals of Rogers and Hammerstein, The Battle of Fulford, History of part of York and the derivation of members’ names. Occasionally we showed films such as “The way we were.” On one occasion a number of members attended a local school and gave a talk on what life was like in Haxby during World War II. The Group has also provided archive photographic help to a local author who was writing a book on the villages surrounding York, which included Haxby.

As we have now acquired some technical equipment we are presently transferring our records into digital form which will give us greater opportunity to maintain and show our material without damaging original documents and photographs.

The Group had a good day at our local Carnival in the summer and later in the year we were involved with the Memorial Wartime Sing-along and the Christmas Tree Festival. Interspersed with all these activities we still managed to arrange visits to the York Glaziers’ Trust, Mousey Thompson’s, Byland Abbey, Ampleforth Abbey, and Alne Brick Company.

So far the Spring programme includes more talks and visits but there will be greater emphasis on research supported by our members.

Contact: Ian Mason, Secretary: ian@ianrmason.wanadoo.co.uk


Holgate Windmill Preservation Society

Thanks to over 5,000 votes, the windmill successfully won £46.5K funding from the Big Lottery People's Millions. The laminated timber ordered from Scandinavia to make the 5 sail frames has now arrived in Lincolnshire and our millwright hopes to complete and fit the sails in the autumn.

A wonderful donation of £10K is being used to fit an electric motor to drive one millstone - this should be ready to grind grain very soon and the flour will be on sale. We are being trained in the skills needed to work and manage our mill, which is very exciting.

A programme of events for our Open Days includes 'A glimpse of Spring ' photo exhibition on 14 & 15 May, and Open Gardens with 'Our Collections' on Sunday 5 June. Open Days on 14 & 15 May (opening hours are 11am till 4pm), then 1st & 3rd weekend each month from June to October. Admission is £3.

Contact: Jen Hay on 01904 792638


Poppleton History Society

The Archaeology Section plans to complete a detailed geophysical survey of the prospective site of a Tudor manor house that was predicted when the Time Team programme visited Poppleton in 2004. We are also collaborating with English Heritage in monitoring the drilling of post holes on the Nether Poppleton Moated Site.

We have joined the OASIS project (University of York) where we will record the reports on our geophysical surveys of the Moated 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

The archaeology section, with the considerable assistance of Jon Kenny, has submitted an application for over £25,000 of funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund –“Your Heritage”. If granted, it will allow us to conduct a three-year programme of fieldwork, field-walking, geophysical survey and targeted excavation under the North Duffield Historic Landscape Project banner.

There will be a heritage event in each of the three years. In 2011 The Big School Dig (BSD) and Big Village Dig (BVD) will excavate 1x1x1m squares in residents’ gardens and the school grounds in an attempt to identify the chronology and spatial relationship of the development of the village. Residents will be encouraged to do their own excavation under supervision. The local pub has offered its premises as the HQ and identification suite and a marquee to go on the village green for the displays of artefacts already found through field-walking and those from the BSD and BVD. Ten students from the archaeology department of York University have offered their services as volunteers and professionals and they will be on hand to identify and advise. The school children will dig their own test pits and over 20 residents have offered access to their gardens

The second year Heritage Event will be on the village green in the form of displays by re-enactment groups, local history groups, crafts and results of the Project thus far.

The third year Heritage Event will be in the form of a conference in the village hall with some professional, as well as local, speakers giving the final conclusions of the three-year Project.

We also plan to reconstruct a 5 metre scale model of an Iron Age roundhouse using as much locally sourced materials as possible. It will be built on land adjacent to a field where crop marks indicate Iron Age roundhouses were present. The children from the local school will be crucial to this project and the roundhouse will be a lasting educational medium where we intend to create crafts and tasks that would have been familiar to families over 2,000 years ago.

Finally, we have included a programme of workshops throughout each of the three years to engage and enthuse the local schoolchildren. This will include things such as, what was it like to live in the Iron Age and a vision of Roman life in North Duffield. If we are unsuccessful in our application for funding, the BVD and BSD will still go ahead.

Contact: Tony Stevens 01757 288941


Stillingfleet Chroniclers

Stillingfleet Chroniclers are jogging along slowly, with no definite aims at the moment. However, we are gathering photographs from villagers and from people who have moved away. They are mainly of relatives and old people who have now passed away. By March we had enough photos to give a PowerPoint presentation in the village hall one Saturday afternoon. To our surprise we had a hall (albeit a small hall) full of our followers from the village. After the show, those present started to tell us about people and named a few faces. It was followed by refreshments and a raffle. In the afternoon we raised £100 which was donated to the Cancer Treatment suite at York Hospital.

Contact Jocelyn on 01904 728484


Strensall Local History Group

More geophysical surveys of a Roman road first identified by aerial photography several years ago were carried out in November 2010. The results were still encouraging but further surveys in December had to be curtailed due to the extreme weather. We expect to have recommenced the surveys in April 2011 when ground conditions have improved. A working group has been established to undertake a survey of the remaining ridge & furrow features in and around the village (we await further instructions from John Oxley). Plans have been submitted for development work associated with Strensall Church and with Manor Hall farm. We hope that the group will be involved with the ensuing archaeological investigations. Our recent meetings have included a showing of old films from York Film Archive taken in and around York; a presentation by Jon Kenny about the community archaeological projects in Greater York; a talk on the Viking Age in North Yorkshire and an evening devoted to Yorkshire dialects. Future meetings will include a presentation by Kurt Hunter-Mann (YAT) on the extraordinary finds from the Gladiator Cemetery and a proposed visit to the Yorkshire Museum.


Stockton and Hopgrove Local History Group

The Group has suffered a major set-back with regards to funding of the soon-to-be-printed book.

The Heritage Lottery Fund would have funded the whole thing from initial research to publication; however we made our application at the end of the process, which was not acceptable to them. We have now received loans and some donations from generous members, the Parish Council and Strensall Ward Committee.

We are pleased to announce that the book will be launched at our second open day in Stockton on the Forest Village Hall on 9th July 2011. We welcome all Timeline members and friends to this event at which we will display our many photographs and artefacts.

Refreshments will also be available from 10:30 until 4pm.

The Sandburn Cross which has been in desperate need of repair and restoration is the subject of a grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund; we hope that this will be more successful.

We will be applying for membership to YAYAS for the 2011/2012 period.

Due to the winter weather, field walking opportunities have been few and far between and sadly have reaped very little in terms of finds.

It is our intention to continue to research the supposition that a Roman road followed the line of the current village road and we are always on the lookout for old maps or information which may support this theory.

Contact: Joy Moseley 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



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 17 September 2011. The meeting will be hosted by Dringhouses Local History Group in St Edward’s Church extension. More details will be circulated to groups nearer the date.



Dr. Jon Kenny is the Greater York Community Archaeologist. His e-mail is: jkenny@yorkarchaeology.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 and a list of all member Groups.


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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