Thursday 7th February

The Great Rebuilding in the Yorkshire Dales

Jan Goode
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Get Involved

There are lots of ways for members of UWHG to be actively involved in practical projects and other activities.  Of course, we have a regular programme of walks, talks and visits.  Other activities vary seasonally, so keep an eye on this page, but at the moment the list includes the projects described below. No prior experience is necessary unless specifically stated.  A friendly welcome is guaranteed. To offer help, or to find out more, contact the committee member whose name appears at the end of each section.

Lead & Coal Mining Survey

Lead & coal mining in Wharfedale has been a studied for many years, however most of the sites have not been surveyed for some considerable time and most have never been surveyed in detail. The aim of the project is to undertake a systematic survey of some of the most important sites in Upper Wharfedale
                                    Upper chimney Starbotton Smelt Mill

Survey visits will record the layout and nature of all significant surface features and structures associated with extraction, dressing and smelting, and water management. 
An illustrated survey report will be completed for each site which will aim to detail the current state of the site.
The survey reports will be shared on the UWHG website and with the Owner, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the North Yorkshire County Record Office  and the Northern Mines Research Society.

The project is being led by a coordinating team; Pat Carroll [ ] Phil Carroll [ ] Mark Woronowski [ ] and William Varley [ ] It is anticipated that the survey work will take place principally in spring and autumn.
If you would like to join the project then please contact one of the coordinating team.

Download a document giving more details here

Documentary Research about Kilnsey

Why not join our documentary research group? Led by Jane Lunnon, the group is trawling through a wide variety of documentary sources looking for light to shed on the history of the township of Kilnsey. Training will be given, and you can do what you can, when you can, mainly working in your own home.
If you would like to learn more about documentary research, this is your opportunity.
 Contact Jane Lunnon at


Documentary Research with the Embsay Research Group

The Embsay Research Group is a small group of UWHG members who have set themselves the huge task of researching the history of Embsay with Eastby. Work is well underway (see the project page here) but new members are always very welcome. The group have largely completed their search of census returns and parish registers and are now doggedly ploughing through newspaper archives and turning their attention to school records, electoral registers, old wills and other old documents. You donít need to live in Embsay or Eastby to take part.
 Contact Jane Lunnon at

Survey Field Walls with the Embsay Research Group

Do you wish you knew more about the different types of field walls, gateposts and other boundary features?  The Embsay Research Group are surveying the field walls in Embsay and Eastby and linking them to old maps and other records.  For a flavour of their activities look at their blog. This is outdoor work but not strenuous, and involves gentle strolls recording and photographing walls and similar features.  More help would be very welcome.
 Contact Jane Lunnon at

Become a Committee Member

Elections to the committee take place every year at the Annual General Meeting, in March.  Potential new committee members are invited to attend a few meetings to see for themselves how the committee works. We are a friendly, welcoming bunch and new members are not dropped in at the deep end; time is allowed until the new person finds their feet and decides what jobs they want to take on. Coffee and biscuits are always on the agenda and we have a lot of laughs. You need to be an active member of the group, with some time to spare to devote to the myriad of tasks that need to be done to keep things running.
To find out more contact Phil Carroll on


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