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Timeline York Plus Newsletter no 1

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Timeline York Plus


Autumn 2006 - Newsletter No 1


A hard copy of 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.



Society & Group Activities


Acomb Local History Group

Our activities consist mainly of a series of talks on the second Wednesday of each month except August. They cover a very wide range and are very well attended. The subject matter varies considerably; one of the most successful recently was on the history of Boyes Store. We do try to cover a number of Acomb-related matters and to assist us in this we are collating various records, memories, photographs etc. 0ur confirmed membership is over 133 showing the interest in local history. We also concern ourselves with the building work going on in the area and try to defend the landscape of the village street.



Bishopthorpe Local History Group

The sundial has now been replaced on the Co-op building on Main Street. We are working together with the Bishopthorpe Millennium Trust on the development of the Pinfold Area to produce ceramic plaques to illustrate the history of Bishopthorpe. This is dependent on funding. We exhibited at the village gala and this resulted in considerable interest from local people about their houses as shown on a Government survey of 1910, as well as sales of photos and publications. Other projects are ongoing.

Contacts: D Forrester 01904 705396 and L Haywood 01904 704584.



Derwent Archaeology Group

Derwent Archaeology Group (DAG), formerly a part of Dunnington through the Ages, was formed by mutual agreement in March / April this year. The aims and objectives of the DAG remain the same i.e. to investigate the history and settlement of the Derwent Ward. To date we have carried out resistivity surveys on two sites which we believe indicate the presence of Roman roads. We aim to confirm these with “digs” in the late autumn. Cropping permitting, we also hope to investigate a possible iron age site located close to Dunnington.



Dringhouses Local History Group

Dringhouses has a history extending back at least 2000 years. It includes evidence of the Roman occupation, the medieval village, the brick making industry, the turnpike road, grand Victorian properties, the church and school etc. The adjacent Knavesmire has not only the history of the racecourse but also a former Royal Observer Corps building and the Wood, originally planted in the 18th century.

Dringhouses Local History Group coordinates research and information about all this and more! The Group has a programme of talks and visits to places of local interest and always welcomes photographs and memories of Dringhouses past and present. For further information please contact York 706384.



Dunnington Through the Ages

Dunnington through the Ages had no formal activity planned for the summer months, although members are working on the Manor Court Rolls and adding to a database which will eventually comprise all the names and activities present in other documents such as the Vestry Minutes, Constables Accounts, Trade Directories etc.

Meetings start in the Autumn and will be held on the 1st Thursday in the month, starting on 5th October

For further information, contact 01904 488433 or 01904 488229.



Friends of Hagg Wood

The Friends of Hagg Wood are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a community group this autumn and are holding a party in Hagg Wood on Saturday 30th September with rhythmic drumming organised by Steve Parker, planting of acorns and saplings by children, artistic activities with Catherine Brason of Forest Enterprise and millennium mugs for sale.

The Friends of Hagg Wood have recently been awarded a LHI grant for a historical survey of the wood and its environs to be undertaken by Stephen Moorhouse, a well known landscape historian. He will be giving a talk on Wednesday 11th October 2006 entitled “Hagg Wood in its Historical Context”, describing how he will approach the LHI landscape history project. It will be held in Dunnington Reading Room, in the centre of the village, at 8 p.m. All welcome. Free for members and £1.50p for non-members.



Friends of Hobb Moor

The Friends of Hob Moor Group was formed in October 1999 and since then has been fully involved in all aspects of the ecology and history of this Local Nature Reserve and site of archaeological importance. Plans for archaeological work on Hob Moor include two projects. The first will consist of investigations to try to determine the site of the medieval water mill which was situated in the north-east corner and for which there is documentary evidence from the 16th and 17th centuries. The second project will attempt to determine the age of the ancient causeway which crosses the original common area from south-west to north-east. Anyone interested in these projects can contact the Friends of Hob Moor on York 703970.



Forest and Hopgrove Local History Group

We are a group of people who live in the Stockton on the Forest and Hopgrove areas and are interested in local history. Not surprisingly therefore we are forming the Forest and Hopgrove Local History Group.

When you read this, we will have held our first public meeting and, hopefully, have agreed a constitution and the necessary officers etc. As you can suspect, we are beginners in all this but we are very keen and appear to have good support locally. We are much enthused by the interest and friendliness already shown to us by other groups.

If you wish to make contact with us please speak or write to either

Terry Briggs: 46 Kingsmoor Road, Stockton on the Forest, YO32 9TY (Tel. 01904 400013) or Steve Burton: 98, the Village, Stockton on the Forest, YO32 9UW (Tel. 01904 400066)



Haxby Local History Group

Pauline Briggs prepared a display, to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, which was on display in the local library in June and July. This was also taken to the Haxby Carnival on July 8th and displayed along with much other material in a marquee. There was a gratifying amount of interest: we were busy all afternoon and some useful information came to light. Also, the “Flying Ducks”, the Haxby Youth Theatre, gave a performance of the Haxby Sword Dance; they hope, sometime in the future, to be able to revive the Plough Stotts Plays (these were apparently performed by the ploughboys – other villages in the area also have these plays). The word “Stott” is defined in the Annandale Concise Dictionary of 1896 as a Scots word meaning young bullock or steer!



Poppleton History Society

The archaeological group carried out a geophysical survey of the scheduled ancient monument site near St. Everilda’s church over a period of two weekends during June & July 2006. The objectives were to confirm the initial findings of Channel 4 Time Team, that indicated the existence of a Tudor manor and to carry out an initial survey of the platform of the moated site. The results were encouraging and prompt further research using other geophysical techniques. A report on the activity will be sent to English Heritage.

The History Society will resume its monthly schedule of speakers’ events in the autumn.

For further details contact 01904 338610.



South Ainsty Archaeological Society (SAAS)

The group was formed in 2004 to promote interest in the archaeology and local history of the area roughly southwest of York within a triangle bounded by the A64 and the rivers Ouse and Wharfe.

Currently our energies are focused on the excavations at the Knights Templar field in Copmanthorpe which is the subject of a dig co-ordinated by professional archaeologists Chris Fenton-Thomas (of ‘On Site Archaeology’) and Catrina Appleby (our Chairperson). We are as confident as we can be from our interpretation of old documents and aerial photos that the area under excavation is the site of the order’s preceptory which would have functioned as a large farm. However, the initial purpose of the dig is to establish if this area is indeed the site. We hope to find some evidence of stone buildings, ditches, enclosures and (Medieval) rubbish pits.

Our normal programme includes lectures, meetings and visits; and we are also keen to develop activities to complement our archaeological work, especially a project in oral history.

For more details contact: Tel. 01904 705478 or 744263.

Stop Press: The excavations over the weekend of 15/17 September unearthed a quantity of medieval tile, pottery and glazed floor tiles in the general area of the dig. So far, there have been no specific finds to report but we wait for later developments.



Stillingfleet Chroniclers

We are a small group with just 6 members, nevertheless we have applied for an Awards for All grant to buy equipment to help with the recording and storage of Stillingfleet's history.

Two public events were held this year: an open day in March and a film show of old pictures in April. Both were a great success so it has been decided to hold another event next Spring on the theme of "Stillingfleet in World War II".

We will continue to collect as much information as possible on Stillingfleet and have already acquired a full set of census returns, parish records from 1700 to present day, school registers, monumental inscriptions from both churchyard and cemetery and lots of old photographs, particularly ones of the schoolchildren through the ages. We have found two old maps of the village, one for 1751 and one for 1810 and would like to find the missing Tithe Map for the village. There is also a village plan for 1788 held by the Minster Library but that too has gone astray. We are searching the newspapers in Selby Library for mentions of the village but so far have found very little.

Hopefully if/when we get our Lottery Grant, the new equipment will entice some new members and eventually lead to maybe a village website and perhaps a book.



Strensall Local History Group

Not much has taken place over the last two months due to the holiday season, but some progress has been made in the investigations into the history of Strensall Tannery, and a new subject of research has commenced. The Tannery was started around 1805. Why a tannery was established specifically in Strensall is not certain, but the fact that it was built next to the Foss Navigation (first opened in 1796) with its easy access to York and beyond may have been the deciding factor. Our Family History sub-group has looked at the Strensall census returns for 1841 onwards and found that most of the tannery workers were born outside the village. Were they agricultural labourers looking for work? The new subject of research concerns an area north of Strensall stretching from Lilling Green Roman period farm (?) to the site of a mill on the River Foss near to Sheriff Hutton Bridge. This area is all that is left of the ancient Wapentake of Bolesford. From the limited amount of field observations and studies of old maps, we conclude that Bolesford has a lot of history that needs "unlocking".



Fulford Battlefield Project - Hungate Young Archaeologists - New Earswick Group – Newton-on-Derwent Local History Society - Stamford Bridge Community Archaeology - Tang Hall Local History Group - Wiggington History Group. We hope to include the news from these groups in future editions.





The next meeting of Timeline York Plus is scheduled for 11 November at 2 p.m.and will be hosted by the South Ainsty Group at the Acaster Malbis Memorial Hall. The Group will make a presentation on the dig that was commenced on the weekend 15 / 17 September. The first meeting in 2007 will be held on 27th January and will be hosted by the Haxby Group. The Bishopthorpe Group will host the April 2007 meeting.





Eliza Gore, who was the Greater York Community Archaeologist until the end of August, has departed to a post at Winchester University. We wish her well and await the appointment of a successor in September / October.

We trust that the new Community Archaeologist will continue to organise a programme of workshops on a monthly basis as well as offering support for groups and schools and other organisations. Make contact via: the York Archaeological Trust at 47 Aldwark, York: Tel. 01904 663035.





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 by clicking here or telephone 01904 338610.


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