Reports on 2012 Activities
The following reports give a flavour of what took place in 2012; see what you may have missed!
Byland Abbey Watercourses - June 2012
A group of nineteen - comprising Members of the Society and individuals from English Heritage - met at Byland Abbey on a balmy, summer's evening for a guided tour and explanation of the surrounding watercourses. Our guide was Marcus Jecock (Archaeological Investigator at English Heritage).
Contrary to previous views that the monks created several bodies of standing water within and just outside the precinct for flushing latrines, farming fish and powering mills, it was opined that the engineering was actually directed at draining what was initially a very wet site, and reintroducing water in a controlled manner via a network of leats fed by springs. Two dams that exist just north-west of the precinct seem designed primarily as drainage works and flood defences rather than pond bays, although one doubled up as a millpond; a third, alleged, dam within the precinct is more credibly a post-medieval prospect mound.
Our grateful thanks go to Marcus Jecock for his excellent tour and description!
Boltby Scar Excavation - May 2012
Four Members of Helmsley Archaeology and Historical Society joined a team under Dominic Powesland investigating a late Bronze or early Iron Age barrow and hill fort at Boltby Scar on the Hambleton Hills.
An early barrow had a ring of stones around the circumference; some of these were disturbed but not recorded during a 20th century dig. The oval depression which held a stone can be seen by the Memberís trowel; a later wooden post hole is being recorded by another Member.
Thanks to Susan Hall for this report...
Visit to Shandy Hall, Coxwold
The evening of 16th May 2012 saw 20 Members of HAHS visit Shandy Hall, Coxwold for an excellent guided tour by Patrick Wildgust. The evening was bright, dry and chilly - but allowed Patrick to describe the history of Shandy Hall - and for Members to run loose around the gardens (specifically, the old quarry).
This YouTube video gives a flavour of Patrick's excellent narrative..
Rather than try and describe the content of each room, you are referred to pages on the first-rate Shandy Hall website. Inside, we visited the kitchen with its old range, the study (where most of Sterne's works were written) - and other rooms.
finally visited the exhibition "Precious
Cargo : Eliza Draper - An Absent Presence", after which we
bade farewell to our host, Patrick Wildgust - to whom our grateful thanks!