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Henry Gyles, glass painter, talk at HAHS

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society‘s winter programme resumes on Friday week with a talk by Susan Harrison, Curator (collections) North Territory, English Heritage, entitled “An Honest Gyles”. This talk will focus on a window made by the eminent glass painter of York, Henry Gyles, in 1699 and reveal the story of its discovery, research, conservation […]

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Talk on Byland Abbey

Byland Abbey was described in the 12th century as one of the shining lights of northern monasticism. Its beginnings were unpromising – it was only after 43 years and numerous moves that the community of Byland found a permanent home – yet the abbey rose to be one of the largest of the Cistercian order […]

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Human remains in Ryedale Windypits

Human remains sounds exciting, but what on earth is a Windypit? The Ryedale Windypits are natural underground features located on the western slope of the valley of the River Rye. These fissures are known locally as the Windypits because they tend to emit gusts of air which can cause rustling in the vegetation and in […]

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Helmsley hoard of Roman coins

The ‘Helmsley hoard’ of Roman coins was found (not surprisingly) in Helmsley in 1931, though the precise location is now uncertain. It comprises 34 silver Roman denarii which closed not much later than AD 218, the date of the latest coin. This is not a hoard of immense value, being perhaps about a month’s pay […]

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Talk on Helmsley hoard of Roman coins

The ‘Helmsley’ hoard of Roman silver coins was buried at an interesting time for Roman Yorkshire and its currency, in the years after the emperor Septimius Severus died in York. The hoard is dominated by his coins and those of his family. The coins are also amongst the last hidden before the chaos of the […]

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HAHS walk around Thornton Dale and Ellerburn

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society concludes its summer programme of outdoor activities next Saturday, July 30, with a walking tour of Thornton Dale and nearby Ellerburn Church. Thornton le Dale is a highly picturesque village, centred on a tiny triangular green with its old market cross and stocks. Its thatched cottages must be one of […]

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Guided walk of Rosedale East Mines with HAHS

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues its summer programme on Saturday July 9 with a conducted walk on Rosedale East Side to view remains of ironstone mines and calcining kilns, lead by Patrick and Linda Chambers from the Rosedale History Society. The meeting point is Updale Reading Room, opposite row of cottages named School Row, […]

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HAHS visit to Yearsley Mill

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society summer programme continues  with a visit to Yearsley Mill excavation site to view recent discoveries, this Saturday, June 11. The walk will be about 2 miles on forest tracks, which are likely to be boggy, so wear boots. Also a conducted tour of lakes, avenue or temple site may be […]

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Amazing finds at Star Carr

Star Carr?  Isn’t that an archaeological site in east Yorkshire somewhere, where they found a few arrowheads and old bones perhaps? How wrong can you be? At last Friday evening’s meeting of the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society, Don Henson of York University’s Department of Archaeology spoke most entertainingly about the Mesolithic  (‘middle stone age’) […]

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Talk on Yorkshire and the colonisation of Britain after the Ice Age

The current winter series of talks arranged by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society concludes this month with “Pioneer settlers: Yorkshire at the forefront of colonisation of Britain after the Ice Age” by Don Henson of the University of York Department of Archaeology. The talk will look at conditions in Britain at the end of […]

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Talk on the Origins of York

The winter series of talks on offer from the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues in March with Dr Mark Whyman of the University of York Department of Archaeology on “The Origins of York“. Wikipedia tells us boldly that “the city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD”, but it seems there […]

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HAHS talk on Chariot Burials

The winter series of talks offered by Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continues with Dr Melanie Giles on “Chariot Burials of Britain”. The Iron Age chariot burials of North, West and particularly East Yorkshire, are an internationally renowned phenomenon. Containing the complete or dismantled remains of two-wheeled vehicles and horse trappings, these burials are often […]

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This Exploited Land: talk at HAHS

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society begins its new season of talks on Friday January 15 with “This Exploited Land: the trailblazing story of ironstone and railways in the North York Moors”. The speaker will be Dr Louise Cooke, Heritage Officer for ‘This Exploited Land’ Project, North York Moors National Park Authority. (Members may recall that […]

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The Middleham Jewel: talk at the HAHS

Dr Kate Giles of the University of York Department of Archaeology will give the November talk at the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society, on “ Richard III and the Middleham Jewel“. The Middleham Jewel is one of the most important examples of a late medieval pendant, discovered near Middleham Castle by metal detectorists in the […]

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Lastingham and its neighbours in the 7th & 8th centuries: talk at HAHS

Monthly talks with the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continue in October with Professor Richard Morris on “Lightnings, clouds and saints: Lastingham and its neighbours in the seventh and eighth centuries“. The talk will ask why so many religious houses were founded in Anglo-Saxon Ryedale, introduce new evidence for their devotional life, surroundings and connections, […]

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The bones of Fishergate, York

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society kicks off its winter programme of talks on Friday September 18 with “Meat, Markets and Provisioning – the Many Bones of Fishergate” by Professor Terry O’Connor, lately of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. Professor O’Connor explains: Archaeological excavations in York usually produce large quantities of animal […]

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Historical exploration walks with Helmsley Archaeological Society

Two interesting walks are on offer from the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society in the near future, both open to non-members. Peter Turton, a North York Moors National Park Association Volunteer Ranger, will lead a walk of about 5 miles on Levisham Moor, revealing evidence of Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval occupation. Saturday June […]

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Talk on Anglo-Saxon and Viking York

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society’s winter series of talks concludes on Friday April 17 with “York: the Lost Centuries” by Dr Ailsa Mainman from the York Archaeological Trust. The talk will cover Dr Mainman’s current research on Anglo-Saxon and early Viking age York. Dr Mainman’s late husband, Dr Richard Hall, led the five year excavation […]

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Helmsley’s contribution to Magna Carta

Talks organised by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society continue in March with Martin Vander Weyer on the subject of “Helmsley’s Baron and the Magna Carta“. “Helmsley’s Baron” — Robert de Ros (1182-1227) — is chiefly remembered in local history for having rebuilt the timber fortifications of Helmsley Castle in stone. But he had a […]

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Talk on the “white monks”

Next in the winter series of talks at Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society is “In the Footsteps of the White Monks” by Jan Cooper. The white monks were Cistercian, so called because of the colour of their habit. The order broke off from the Benedictines in the late 11th century, sought solitude in remote places, […]

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Talk on Harewood House and the Lascelles family

The 2015 season of monthly talks at Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society opens on Friday January 16 with Dr Jonathan Finch  from the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, on the rise of the Lascelles family. Entitled “From Yorkshire to the Caribbean: the Archaeology of the Lascelles Family and Harewood House“, the talk […]

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NYMR Archivist to give talk on its history

“The North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Local Industrial History” is the next in the winter series of talks offered by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society. The speaker is Mark Sissons, Archivist for the NYMR. There is a lot of historical information about the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on its web site, under the information […]

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The Vikings in Yorkshire

“The Vikings in Yorkshire” is the next in the winter series of talks offered by the Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society. The speaker is Professor Joyce Hill, Emeritus Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leeds. The Vikings came to Yorkshire as invaders, and remained as settlers. We can see evidence of their presence […]

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New season of history talks opens with the Battle of Fulford

The new season of monthly talks organised by the Helmsley Archaelogical and Historical Society opens on Friday September 19 with Charles Jones on “The Battle of Fulford: History, Archaeology and Tapestry”. The earliest and least known of the three great battles of 1066, which determined the future of Britain, the Battle of Fulford took place […]

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Visit to Sheriff Hutton

Helmsley Archaeological and Historical Society is offering a guided walk around Sheriff Hutton church and both castles, led by Roy Thompson, with tea at the end, this coming Saturday, June 28th. The main ruined castle is in private hands, so this is a rare opportunity to see it from the inside. Meet at the church […]

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