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Leeds: Town & Country: Vernacular Buildings in the Yorkshire Landscape

March 17 @ 10:00 - 16:30

£20 - £35

Annual Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group day school, to be again held at the Headingley Campus of Leeds Beckett University. The theme is wide-ranging and covers much of Yorkshire, dealing with longhouses, ‘shadow’ (chalk) houses, yeoman houses, town houses and the effect that Parliamentary enclosure had on moorland townships. Talks will include:

  • Living with livestock: the longhouse in Yorkshire: its distribution, forms and functions. Our esteemed President shares with us his years of study on this subject. Barry Harrison
  • Shadow houses: rebuilding on the Yorkshire chalk belt, 1820-1930. The landscape and geology of the East Coast and Wolds, surviving structures, small houses and cottages, their nineteenth/twentieth century rebuilding and modern conversion. George Sheeran
  • People, places, things: reconstructing Malton’s lost late seventeenth century buildings from probate sources and the hearth tax. Reconstructing the lost houses, shops and workshops of this market town, especially evidence for the relationship between domestic and working spaces, new rooms, decoration and fittings. Dr Kate Giles
  • Craftsmen and clients, rebuilding at the beginning of the eighteenth century. A case-study of the rebuilding of Little Brackenbed for a noted Halifax physician. David Cant
  • Enclosing the moors: shaping the Calder Valley landscape through parliamentary inclosure. The Commons and new fields, boundary-walls, farms, roads, houses and terraces, hamlets and villages. A case-study of Stansfield and Ovenden Townships. Sheila Graham
  • The dual economy of textiles and agriculture, the yeoman clothier in the Upper Calder Valley in the late seventeenth century. A case-study of a Quaker household in Shore in Stansfield above Todmorden. Peter Thornborrow

Booking: To reserve a place, please print, complete and return the booking form, enclosing your fee to David Cook, 12 Annand Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4ZD
Phone (01325) 310114. Email dcook0@talk21.com

Prices: YVBSG Members £20 (with buffet lunch £30); Non-members £25 (with buffet lunch £35)

Closing date 3 March 2018. If you wish to book after this date, phone/email to check availability of places.

The YVBSG will hold its AGM immediately after the talks as usual.

The venue for the day school is the James Graham Building on the Headingley Campus. Parking is available at several
locations on campus.



March 17
10:00 - 16:30
£20 - £35




Leeds Beckett University – Headingly
Churchwood Ave, Headingly
LEEDS, West Yorkshire LS6 3QS United Kingdom
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