Details of the content and context of The OLHB. All entries are based on extensive private research files of the contributors.
Shoes hidden in buildings are a well known Otley phenomenon. This article reveals how important these Otley shoes have been to the social and archaeological study of domestic space.
Isaac Litt's lodgings on Gay Lane provided model accomodation for a multitude of travellers, beggars, cadgers, packmen, mashers, swells and incoming Irish migrants.
At the end of the hard road from Ireland lay the dubious comfort of Otley's lodging houses. This article details the influx of migrant workers and families during the mid nineteenth century.
This note outlines the current position regarding the development of Dob Park lodge (March 2019) and offers a short, reasoned interpretation of the history on the ground.
The Bramhope tunnel and associated memorial in Otley churchyard are not unique outliers but follow a familiar architectural and social pattern recognisable nationwide.
A partially lost 'language of leather' lingers in Otley's streets - this article details the complex history of the tanning and leather industries over 300 years.
The physical foundations of Otley's Courthouse seem set in stone, but a historical sequence of 8 previous courthouses clearly reveal the shifting sands of local legal administration.
Joshua Hart was the reverend father of Elizabeth Garnett. His experiences with the navvy casualties of the Bramhope Tunnel were a foreshadowing of his daughter's own navvy trials at Lindley a generation later.
If our bulletin entries suggest we take ourselves too seriously, we ask how anyone would sort out the truth from fiction in this Otley tale of 1834.
Had the ambitious scheme for an enormous shell Filling Factory at Midgley Farm gone ahead, Otley would have been a centre of munitions production during the First World War.
A volume of material relating to Northern Command by Major George Julian Selwyn Scovell was recently sold at auction. In the interests of further research, the authors would be most pleased to hear from anyone who knows where it ended up.
Where do 'the Romans' fit in the historic jigsaw puzzle of urban Otley? This short note provides a conjectural chronology.
There are very few Roman finds from Otley. Recent excavations for Sainsbury's supermarket brought the first archaeological evidence of Roman occupation to light - but in a quantity too small to suggest anything other than the most basic interpretation.
A rough out for a prehistoric grindng stone was recently discovered in Dob Park. This note outlines the discovery of this unfinished quern.
Elizabeth Garnett ministered to itinerant navvies in the Washburn valley during reservoir construction. She was a remarkable woman deserving of the title 'Otley's most famous daughter'.
In contrast to their brothers in Burley, the town of Otley failed to form a corps of volunteer riflemen - 'animosity and towering ambition' causing it to collapse in January 1860.
Formerly known as Ratten Row, Otley's rat infested lane received a Victorian re-brand as Mercury Row.
The low lying fields East of Otley have been identified for housing development. If the street names reflect the historical reality, householders might find themselves living in Foulcauseway Mews. A short note on the archaeological potential of the area is also appended.
Prompted by recent application to develop part of the site, the authors expand upon the gothic mansion that towered over Wharfedale.
The disused known rifle range on Askwith Moor has an opaque history. This short note develops a basic chronology for the site and relates it to the 2nd West Yorkshire RE Vols.