Vernacular Architectural Features in Upper Wharfedale

After a short summer break, we are now resuming our Third Thursday Talks with an online talk by Malcolm Birdsall on Thursday 21 October 2021 at 7.30pm.

Following Malcolm’s talk in March on Upper Wharfedale (part 1) which focused on the complex of buildings at Kilnsey, he now takes a look at rare examples of corn drying kilns still surviving, or which previously existed, in the area as well as extant examples elsewhere. They were once widespread in northern and western parts of Britain, wherever the climate was such that cereal crops were often harvested in damp conditions, and wherever oats were widely grown. Various sites will be depicted and analysed, and we’ll also consider dates, location relevance, ownerships, the Addingham Kiln Book 1713, estate surveys and communal use, together with a comparison of size and construction of ten examples. Malcolm will then share some details from his travels in 2020, highlighting vernacular features in Grassington, Parcevall Hall at Skyreholme, and Mock Beggar Hall at Appletreewick. Please note that this talk will not be recorded. For full details and to book, see