Prehistoric Ilkley Moor: A Dave Weldrake guided Walk

Prehistoric Ilkley Moor: a guided walk on the 28th of March 2015 To mark the start of British Summer time, Dave Weldrake will be leading a guided walk on Ilkley Moor on Saturday 28th of March. The walk will start from the public car park at the base of the Cow and Calf Rocks at 2.00 PM. We will look at several notable examples of Rock Art as well as a couple of settlement sites on the edge of the moor. The cost of the walk is £3. More detailed information can be found on the Dave Weldrake: Heritage Education website at


Heritage Course in the Aire Valley

Have just received the following from Dave Weldrake:

People, Resources and Landscape in the Aire Valley 

Following the success of his local history sessions last year Dave Weldrake has be asked by the WEA to tutor a further course based at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley. It will consist of 7 two hour sessions starting on the morning of Friday 23 January 20015.

People, Resources and Landscape in the Aire Valley focuses on how people have exploited the natural resources of the area around Shipley, Bingley and Baildon from earliest times to the present day. It will reveal how the past has shaped the character of this stretch of the Aire Valley today.

More information about the course and details of how to book can be found on the WEA website at . Places are limited so an early booking is advisable.

Roman Excavation Opportunity in South Yorkshire

Elmet Archaeological Services are offering several places on a small excavation to understand some recently uncovered Roman remains in Swinton, near Rotherham, S. Yorks.

The price ranges from  £70 for a single day up to  £240 for a full five day attendance. The excavation will be fully supervised by experienced professional archaeologists and all levels of archaeological investigation and recording will be taught to the attendees.

Click here for more information

Many thanks for your time,

Alex Sotheran

Archaeology Manager

Elmet Archaeological Services Ltd.



Discover the Heritage of Shipley

SAM_0742This short course is being offered by the Workers’ Educational Association and is tutored by archaeologist, Dave Weldrake. It runs from 10.00 until 12.00 on three successive Fridays at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley and will start on the 6th of June 2014. The course is being led by archaeologist Dave Weldrake and will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the history of Shipley and that part of the Aire Valley.

Although the content of the course will to some extent be determined by the experience and interests of the participants, each of the three sessions will focus on a different subject area. These are:

The pre-industrial landscape: Shipley as it is seen now is a product of the Industrial Revolution but prior to that it was a small agrarian community. This session will trace the history of the valley back the first farmers of the Neolithic.

Communications: What has given Shipley its current prominence is the fact that it lies at the junction of two valleys through which turnpike, canal and road must go. This has affected the development of the modern town and is still a live issue today.


There was a time when much of what is now West Yorkshire was known as the heavy Woollen District so. Shipley had a part to play in this but it also had quarries, engineering works and small manufacturers. Everything, in fact a small town could want.

The course is free of charge but pre-booking is essential.

This can be done through the WEA Website ( or by contacting Jane Bilton (Organiser Bradford and Craven) 07766 781481.


News From West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service

Rosalind Buck,  HER Information Officer at WYAAs has sent through the following  — The Joint Services Delivery Plan is also worth reading. :

 We hope you have had a good festive break and that the weather did not interfere too badly with your plans to get out and about. As it has been a couple of months since our last update, please find linked a new-style brief round-up of some of our recent work here at West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service, as well as some news about future enhancement projects for the Historic Environment Record. Please feel free to forward it on to anyone else you think may be interested in our work.

HER now has a Facebook page (Facebook: /WestYorkshireHER) and our database is also now searchable via the Heritage Gateway website.

As always, if you have any specific enquiries about heritage in West Yorkshire, or would like to visit our office to look at material in person, please do get in contact. Our contact details are all on the attached newsletter.

Thanks and best wishes,

Rosalind Buck
HER Information Officer

For the West Yorkshire Joint Services service delivery plan   please click   here.

West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service
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  Tel: 01924 305178 | Fax: 01924 306810
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‘Valley of a Hundred Chapels’ — New Book for Xmas!

chapelsThis is what Amazon has to say at this link

With more than 100 pictures, this book tells the story of the extraordinary rise of the non-conformists in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, and is a lovely addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in the dissenters and the chapels they created. Author Amy Binns explains how this “wild and unchristian place” became a heartland for the movement, and how these matter-of-fact rebels changed our world. Refusing to pray the way the Government told them to was only the start of the non-conformist revolution. Soon their chapels flowered across the landscape as they formed trade unions, built schools for all and campaigned for the vote. And through it all was an energy and enthusiasm that blossomed in plays and pantomimes, lantern lectures and bazaars, firebrand pulpit performances and heartfelt prayer meetings. Including many posters and programmes for chapel events in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Sowerby Bridge, three maps to help you find the remaining chapels and anecdotes about the lives of those who built them.