A list of lectures, talks and visits from the past few years.
The Annual General Meeting will be followed by a selection of images from the Community Photographic Archive
The history of the park, buildings and owners up to to its sale to the Fielden family in 1872
A look at local building materials and construction techniques
How commercial archaeology works - the frustrations, finding more than we bargained for and the brilliant moments of discovery.
Outlining some of the interesting information about Tadcaster's inhabitants contained in the records.
Grain and animal feed production in the mills in Mill Lane
David Page has kindly provided the society with a shortened version of his book:
Meet at 2pm.
This tour offers the chance to see the interior of the Lodge which was redesigned by the Tadcaster architects Bromet and Thorman. (You may be amused by the BBC Domesday entry for the Tadcaster compiled by school children in 1986.)
A conducted tour St Mary's church by various members of the society. St Mary's church has ancient origin, but the oldest parts are of the 14th and 15th centuries. The church was often flooded. In 1875 the church was carefully dismantled and over the next two years rebuilt with the floor 5 feet higher. Unfortunately this did not prevent the church being flooded in 2015. The entry in the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture"
A talk and conducted tour of this 12th century church by Peter Jesty. The church is famous for the grave of Lord Dacre, killed at the battle of Towton and buried with his horse. There is a comprehensive entry for the church in the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture"
Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort (castrum) just south of Hadrian's Wall in northern England. Archaeological excavations of the site show it was under Roman occupation from roughly 85 AD to 370 AD. In recent years the discovery of well-preserved writing tablets has provided a unique insight into the lives of the fort's inhabitants.
(This talk postponed from March due to the bad weather.)
Moving heavy loads through the ages. The talk will be followed by a video of the last train from Church Fenton to Tadcaster.
Followed photographs from the Tadcaster Community Archive : Peter Bradshaw
Marking 250 years since the death of author Laurence Sterne. Laurence Sterne (24 November 1713 -- 18 March 1768) was an Irish novelist and an Anglican clergyman. He wrote the novels The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy, and also published many sermons, wrote memoirs, and was involved in local politics.
More on Laurence Sterne and Shandy Hall.
Photos of Tadcaster in 1960, from the Community Archive
"What has it got in its pocketses"
The medieval world explored by an archer's kitbag.
"Finding Fryston" - an active, local archaeological group
& Local Photographs : Peter Bradshaw
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