2008 - 2017
|Sat 10th May 2008||12 noon||Walk with
David Pybus from Port Mulgrave along the foreshore to Runswick Bay,
looking at jet mining remains along the cliffs, finishing at Runswick
Stout walking-shoes or boots essential - this is a fairly rugged walk.
Ring Mary Brill after 29th April (01751 431507) for suggestions about parking, picnicking, etc.
Trust footpath entrance (NZ796175)
Ordnance Survey Map
|Wed 18th June 2008||6.00pm||Walk around Norman York with John Oxley (Archaeologist with York City Council): "1066 and All That, or What the Normans did in York".||Mansion
5th July 2008
Here's a picture of Cawood Castle Gatehouse.
10.30 am: meet Mrs Margaret Brearley outside Castle Gatehouse in village, to look at the banqueting hall and garth (remains of mediaeval gardens, etc.).
12:00 noon: meet Mr Sam Taylor at Cawood Church.
|Wed 23rd July 2008||2.00pm||Examination
of ancient trees in Duncombe Park, led by Mr
Tim Tollis, Forest Manager.
(Lunch beforehand obtainable at the Centre, or there are picnic tables if the weather is fine.)
|Sun 5th October 2008||10:00am - 5:00pm||A Celebration of the Local History and Archaeology of the Region.||Helmsley
Arts Centre, Helmsley.
For more details, see News
|Sat 11th October 2008||
10.00am - 12.30pm
Meet at Easthorpe (at the T-junction between the Coneysthorpe to Malton road and Amotherby Lane, SE741716, beside Easthorpe Cottages) at 10.00 a.m.
Walk to the Holy Well about 500 yards south of there, taking in the sandstone quarries on either side of the track. Walk through Hildenley Home Farm to the main quarry. Walk past the hidden ruins of Hildenley Hall to the quarries in the east, in Hildenley Wood, possibly taking in the "ice house" on the way.
Aim to finish at about 12.30 p.m. at Hildenley Lodge (SE753712, at "Hildenley Corner" on the Explorer 300 map).
Requirements: Fitness to meander 1½ - 2 miles on footpaths, so good walking boots.
Safety: Hildenley is a working farm, so normal care must be taken around animals and machinery. Within the quarries, sensible avoidance of the bigger rock faces. There is a deep lime kiln beside the entrance to the main quarry, the upper edge of which should be avoided - especially if you are distracted by the ornamental bridges built over the quarry entrance! The paths may be slippery, especially if we have more rain, so please help each other on the slopes. Anyone testing the softness of the bark on redwood trees should ensure that they are punching the correct tree, as otherwise pain, bruising and scraped knuckles will result.
Hildenley is the source of a very high grade white/ cream coloured limestone, which was quarried from Roman times through to the middle of the nineteenth century and used for the paving in Roman Malton and the mediaeval walls. Whilst there are post Roman and pre-conquest sites with Hildenley limestone, it is possible that these are re-used (such as Hovingham church). It was used for the interiors of mediaeval churches, exteriors, such as Kirkham Priory, and later for domestic features as a fireplace in Nunnington Hall (late 17th century) and in the newly enclosed wolds farmhouses of the 18th century. The committee selecting the stone for the new Houses of Parliament came here and the most recent major use appears to be steps for the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1933. The investigation into the uses of this "fine, porcelainous, almost chalk-like" limestone have only just begun and it is possible that some of the identifications of Caen stone are actually Hildenley.
The hillside has had planned gardens, with fascinating flora and exotic trees, many of which still survive on this protected, south-facing site. In mediaeval times, the manor of Hildenley belonged to the Percehay family until bought by Roger Cholmely of Roxby in the early 16th century. "Strickland the navigator" bought it from Roger's grandson in 1656 and the last Strickland here was Sir Charles, who died in 1909. In "Lost Houses of North Yorkshire", Edward Waterson and Peter Meadowes described him as "reclusive, orchid-growing". He called himself a "fox hunting squire", married twice, had two families, presented his horticultural and geological collection at conferences in London and census records show that he had lady friends to stay, even in the latter part of his life. Mr Charles Dickens passed through here on his visits to his friend and onetime colleague, Mr Smithson at Easthorpe. After Sir Charles' death, the estate was bought by the Hon F.H. Dawnay and it is by permission of his great niece, Mrs Barran that we can visit.
Our guide will be Richard Myerscough. Richard is the leading light and founder of our affiliate, the Ryedale Vernacular Building Materials Research Group. A geologist who has been educating people in all rocky things for several decades now and who always challenges people to find dinosaur footprints before he does, he is an advocate of affording the same kind of protection to important geological sites that important archaelogical and natural sites have now but also of the small scale use of existing and old quarries for repair and restoration work on historic buildings.
|Thurs 28th May 2009||10.30am||
Visit to Foulbridge Manor (medieval Templar preceptory), followed by exploration of Dalby Forest, guided by Brian Walker of the Forestry Commission.
Foulbridge Manor (follow minor road from Snainton) at 10.30 am for
tour of the Hall, (followed by picnic or pub lunch), and then approach
Dalby Forest from Thornton le Dale: Brian will meet us at the toll
entrance (at approximately 1.30pm, grid reference SE848855, toll
waived), and take us to the Visitor Centre, where we can have a
short break and park surplus cars.
You are advised to wear stout shoes or boots, and take warm, waterproof clothing.
|Weds 17th June 2009||11.00am||
Tour of the Hungate excavation in York.
See here for what you may have missed!
Connelly, Director of the Excavations, at St
Saviour's Church at 11.00 am. (The tour should take a little
over an hour.)
Members might like to visit the Yorkshire Museum in the afternoon, pending its make-over next winter.
|Weds 15th July 2009||6.00pm||Tour of Pickering Castle||Led by Peter Bleach; meet at 6 pm in the Education Room in the Car Park - "quite obvious for all to find". Then we will go into the Castle proper, and will dwell a little on the controversy of Beacon Hill being the possible or probably original site for Pickering Castle.|
|Weds 23rd September 2009||
Visit to Beverley Minster starts at 10.30am prompt; meet on steps of Minster. Fee £4 per person (free car park).
11.30am: look at Friary, if liked (no entry, but we can walk round garden), or walk round town.
1.30 pm in Minster car park, to be led to Meaux Abbey by Dr. Mary E. Carrick.
The Minster, its car park, the Friary and the Tea Cosy café are all very close to one another. People are free to join this trip at the various points indicated.
|Saturday 22nd May 2010||2.00pm, lasting 2 hours||
See here for the report...
|Numbers for this tour are strictly limited to those Members who signed up at the monthly meeting on Friday 19th March. Meet at The George for lunch at 12.30pm.|
|Tues 15th June 2010||6.00pm||Walk around York with John Oxley (Archaeologist with York City Council): "Railway Heritage and Archaeology in York".||Mansion
|Sunday 17th October 2010||Cawthorn Camps||Dr. Pete Wilson|
|Saturday 16th April 2011||2.00pm||Guided walk covering the archaeology of the River Foss Navigation, by Christopher Dunn||
Lockkeeper's Cottage at New Earswick. Driving south through New Earswick you come to a 3-way roundabout at the south of the village. Go straight over (to York); almost at once by a bend you will see a small white isolated cottage by the left hand side of the road. Just before this is a small private car-park (GR: SE60945477) from where we will depart at 2.00pm.
When we have finished walking this section of the Foss, we will move up to the middle of Strensall. You may leave your car in the carpark of the nearby Ship Inn
|Saturday 14th May 2011||2.00pm, lasting 2 hours||
|Meet at The George for lunch at 12.30pm.|
|Tuesday 14th June 2011||6.00pm||Walk around York Mansion House, Commonhall Lane, Guildhall, Committee Room 1 and the Council Chamber with John Oxley (Archaeologist with York City Council).||York
|Wednesday 16th May, 2012||6.30pm||Shandy Hall and Coxwold Church||All available places have now been filled...|
|Thursday 31st May, 2012||10.30am - approx 4.00pm||
Cost will be £5.50 per head to pay for admission to the Guildhall.
|Meet at 10.15 for 10.30am beside the Mansion House for a tour of the Mansion House by Sam Taylor and one of the regular guides, followed by a visit to the inner chamber of the Guildhall. Break for lunch at 12.15, reassemble at 2pm at St Saviours church, St Savioursgate (now the DIG centre) to see the church, the Hewley Almhouses next door, and the Unitarian chapel (Lady Hewley's chapel)|
|Wednesday 20th June, 2012||6.00pm||Tour of mediaeval waterworks at Oldstead and Byland Abbey, led by Marcus Jecock (Archaeological Investigator at English Heritage)||Meet at Byland Abbey|
|Thursday 2nd May 2013||2.30pm||Tour of Helmsley Archaeological Store - Susan Harrison||Helmsley Archaeological Store - On the south-eastern outskirts of Helmsley; proceed east along the A170, then turn right into Riccal Drive. Go all the way down Riccal Drive and then right along an unmade road|
|Tuesday 21st May 2013||7.00pm||Pickering Station|
|Saturday 29th June 2013||2.30pm||
Mill - Mo MacLeod
|Saturday 26th April, 2014||1.30pm||
Visit to Yearsley
Moor Project Site.
LIKELY TO BE BOGGY - BOOTS!
car park which is inside
the Forestry Commission gateway, half a mile (on the right) from
the Yearsley cross-road (heading towards Ampleforth on North
|Wednesday 21st May 2014||7.00pm||NYMNPA Voluntary Ranger Peter Turton will lead us on a guided walk around Helmsley Town||Meeting at the Feversham Monument in the Market Place|
|Saturday 28th June 2014||2.00pm||Roy Thompson will guide us around Sheriff Hutton church, and both castles. Tea at the end!||Meet at the church of St Helen & the Holy Cross, Sheriff Hutton|
|Wed 6th May, 2015||6.15 - 8.00pm||
Jim Hall of the Appleton le Moors History group will lead a guided walk around the village
Appleton le Moors Village Hall
SE 735 877
|Sat 16th May, 2015||1.30pm||
Jan Cooper will lead a tour around Rievaulx Abbey Site
Rievaulx Abbey car park
SE 574 849
|Sat 20th June, 2015||12.30pm||
Peter Turton, NYMNPA Volunteer Ranger will lead a walk of about 5miles on Levisham Moor, revealing evidence of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval occupation
are advised to wear suitable footwear
NYMNPA Saltergate Car park, on A169
SE 853 937
|Wed 1st July, 2015||6.45 pm||
Brian Walker will lead a tour of rabbit warrenning remains at Mount Misery Farm
Park at Mount Misery Farm
SE 946 894
from Troutsdale on the minor road, via junction at
|Sat 17th Oct, 2015||2.45pm||
Following his lecture to HAHS Friday 16th Oct, Prof. Richard Morris will lead a tour of Lastingham Church and Crypt
HAHS Members only
Outside Lastingham Church
SE 727 904
|Friday 6th May 2016||7.15pm||
Pickering Parish Church; talk by Dr Kate Giles about the Medieval frescoes including some recent discoveries.
Please donate to the "Let there be light" fund
|Pickering Parish Church|
|Saturday 11th June 2016||12.45pm||
Visit to Yearsley Mill excavation site to view recent discoveries -see the link on the HAHS website to the latest Yearsley Mill Project Newsletter.
The walk will be about 2 miles on forest tracks - likely to be boggy
Also a conducted tour of lakes, avenue or temple site may be possible
Windygates car park which is inside the Forestry Commission gateway, half a mile (on the right) from the Yearsley cross-road (heading towards Ampleforth on North Moor Lane).
Grid Ref: SE 589 752
|Saturday 9th July 2016||1.30pm||
Patrick and Linda Chambers (Rosedale History Society) will lead a conducted walk on Rosedale East Side (about 3.5 - 4 hours) to view remains of ironstone mines and calcining kilns.
WET AND COLD WEATHER CLOTHING ESSENTIAL, PLUS PROPER WALKING BOOTS
Further information will be provided to those wishing to attend
|Saturday 30th July 2016||1.45pm||Peter Turton will lead a conducted tour of Thornton Dale followed by a visit to Ellerburn Church||
Grid Ref: SE 833 830
|Saturday 20th May, 2017||Meet at 9.30am for 10.00am (prompt) start||
2 Hour guided tour of Byland Abbey by Jan Cooper.
Standard entry fees will apply
See here for access information
|Directions and guidance on parking are given here Numbers are limited: pre-booking is essential. Email your intention to attend - or use this form|
|Saturday 24th June, 2017||Meet at the Cottages 12.45pm for a 1.00pm (prompt) start||Guided tour of Wharram Percy by Dr Stuart Wrathmell||Directions and guidance on parking are given here; note that the car park is three quarters of a mile away from the site. Meet at the Cottages for a 1.00pm (prompt) start. Sturdy and waterproof footwear required. Parts of the site slope steeply, and farm livestock is likely to be present on the site and access path. Numbers are limited: pre-booking is essential. Email your intention to attend - or use this form|
|Saturday 15th July, 2017||
Meet at 1.45pm for a 2.00pm (prompt) start
Tours take approximately 45 minutes.
Visitors will be required to pay the normal English Heritage entry fees, unless they are members of English Heritage, or are otherwise exempt.
This will be followed by a conducted tour of St Andrew's Church
|Directions are given here There is no parking on site; drivers should use the free tourist car park in Boroughbridge village (1 mile from the site) Numbers are limited: pre-booking is essential. Email your intention to attend - or use this form|