Reports on 2010 Activities
The following reports give a flavour of what took place in 2010; see what you may have missed!
Following on from his interesting and informative lecture two days earlier, Dr. Pete Wilson guided 20 Members of the Society around Cawthorn Camps on Sunday 17th October 2010; the weather was fine and bright!
The group starting by visiting the viewing platform (the north-west point on the yellow trace above), which gave a splendid view (above) of the escarpment over Cropton Forest to Spaunton and Wheeldale Moors in the distance. The surving ramparts of the site were also clearly visible (below).
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Railway Heritage and Archaeology in York
John Oxley, Archaeologist for York City Council took members of the Society to see what little remains of the great railway age of York.
Gone are the sidings, sheds and coal staiths of The York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway Company, and The North Midland Railway, to be replaced by the City of York Rowing Club, Memorial Gardens and commercial sites. York’s first station has completely gone, but George Hudson’s station of 1852 is now office accommodation inside the saxon area of the city.
The medieval city wall and the glacial drumlins on which the wall was built were removed to allow rail access to this terminal station. Then a new wall was built allowing pedestrians to walk the ramparts.
As a hub for numerous railways, York had a zero-point from which distances were measured.
Railway navvies excavated huge quantities of earth to give level track beds, but under the platforms of the present and second station there is undisturbed ground, which has recently been excavated and Roman burials unearthed.
Guided Visit to Easingwold
Sixteen Members of the Society assembled in Easingwold Market Square on Saturday 22nd May 2010 - the hottest and sunniest day of the year, so far!
Our thanks are due to Terence for the arrangements...