Brompton hogbacks in Durham exhibition

The finest of the Brompton hogbacks have moved to permanent display in Durham Cathedral’s impressive Open Treasure exhibition space. The set from Brompton, near Northallerton, dates to the early-10th century and is unusual in featuring the heads of muzzled bears rather than hogs.

And here for the first time, monastic sections of the cathedral are opened up to public view. Open Treasure is centred on the monks’ dormitory.

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Plumpton Rocks opens

A £700,000 scheme to restore the medieval deer park and landscaped gardens at Plumpton Rocks, near Knaresborough, is unveiled. John Carr of York was involved in the original landscaping, in the 1760s, and Turner painted here. Open to the public through August.

(According to the Yorkshire Post, Robin Hood himself hunted here! Er, yes. But it’s Turner they describe as ‘legendary’.)




Appeal for the Wold Newton hoard

Yorkshire Museum launches a fund-raising appeal to acquire and investigate this unique find, discovered in East Yorkshire in 2014. The ceramic pot containing 1,857 copper coins (equivalent to the annual pay of a legionary) is thought to have been buried in 307.

More information and details of how to donate here.

The Yorkshire museum appeal for funding to purchase this Roman Hoard of coins dating to the reign of York's own Roman emporer Constantine. Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

The Yorkshire museum appeal for funding to purchase this Roman Hoard of coins dating to the reign of York’s own Roman emporer Constantine.
Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

Yorkshire Day

While every day is Yorkshire Day for YAHS, this year’s 1 August brings special news. The Yorkshire Dales National Park expands by almost a quarter, an added 161 sq. miles. Its boundary now tucks up to the M6, from near Shap to Kirkby Lonsdale.

The eagle-eyed will have spotted that this brings in swathes of Cumbria and Lancashire.

Countdown in progress.


Peter Fairbairn

For no conceivable reason, here’s Sir Peter Fairbairn, in Woodhouse Square, just down the road from Claremont. Fairbairn set up in Leeds in 1826, so not among the first generation of machine-makers. He was, though, without doubt one of the most influential mechanical engineers Leeds has ever produced. So perhaps that’s good enough to justify a picture here.


Fix that mill!

Factories are still so important in the Yorkshire landscape. As I noticed in Keighley and the Worth Valley a couple of months ago, there are still hundreds around, and it’s great to see so many finding new uses. And that’s the case even when the new use isn’t exactly beautiful – at least the structure is still there, and an important element of the historic landscape.

Some, though, are of great historical importance, in need not only of rescue but also sympathetic refurbishment. Dalton and Low mills in Keighley are two of these, and feature in a report, Engines of Prosperity: new uses for old mills, just published by Historic England. Low Mill was an Arkwright mill, the first cotton factory in Yorkshire, and is now derelict. HE is campaigning to find imaginative new purposes for these and other of the most significant and threatened factories in Yorkshire. Their focus is West Yorkshire, but there are mills looking for new use right across the county.


Yorkshire newspapers online

Thanks to Morag Fyfe, who’s been working through the British Newspaper Archive collection and asks whether this list may interest YAHS members. The archive is fast approaching 15 million pages, from 659 titles. These Yorkshire and Humber newspapers are available, though runs are not necessarily complete yet. The number in brackets after each title is the number of issues available so far for each publication.

Beverley and East Riding Recorder (2985)
Beverley Echo (860)
Beverley Guardian (208)
Bradford Daily Telegraph (1388)
Bradford Observer (3598)
Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough (10639)
Dewsbury Reporter (755)
Doncaster Gazette (52)
Driffield Times (3794)
Halifax Courier (468)
Harrogate Herald (261)
Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner (288)
Huddersfield Chronicle (8262)
Huddersfield Daily Examiner (1274)
Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette (3304)
Hull and Eastern Counties Herald (365)
Hull Daily Mail (18422)
Hull Packet (4451)
Ilkley Gazette and Wharfedale Advertiser (90)
Leeds Intelligencer (5902)
Leeds Mercury (18817)
Leeds Patriot and Yorkshire Advertiser (211)
Leeds Times (3390)
Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser (755)
Pontefract Advertiser. (92)
Scarborough Mercury (52)
Sheffield Daily News, and Morning Advertiser (310)
Sheffield Daily Telegraph (12668)
Sheffield Evening Telegraph (9447)
Sheffield Independent (23304)
Sheffield Iris (470)
Sheffield Register, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, & Nottinghamshire Universal Advertiser (364)
Tadcaster Post, and General Advertiser for Grimstone (680)
Wetherby News, and Central Yorkshire Journal (104)
Whitby Gazette (2762)
Whitby Times, and North Yorkshire Advertiser (209)
York Herald (10934)
Yorkshire Early Bird (269)
Yorkshire Evening Post (17803)
Yorkshire Gazette (3725)
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer (25965)