Details of the content and context of The OLHB. All entries are based on extensive private research files of the contributors.
Chevin Hall was locally known as 'Marshall's Folly' in the 19th century, but exactly what fortune did the aspiring architect Alfred Marshall see in this West Chevin villa? This article examines the history.
Electric vehicles are nothing new in Otley, though claims of climate change salvation probably are. This article details the early exploits of electric pioneers 'Electromobile Ltd'. from Prospect Works on Leeds Road.
The Methodist chapel on Boroughgate is to close, but the history of their various meeting houses in Otley remains. This article details their chronology and development.
Considering the flood work currently undertaken at Bridge End, it is time to consider the earlier hydrological history of the weir immediately downstream.
The proposed East of Otley relief road ploughs through part of the former military camp at Otley Town's pitches on Pool Road. What might they find during construction?
This article describes the recent discovery of a millstone in the riverbed at Otley's Wharfeside Mills. This fascinating find is a timely reminder of the long term history at the former site of both the manorial mill and the later Garnetts.
The company Webb Millington was a prodigious publisher. They had extensive premises on Boroughgate, of which only the altered facade survives - but their printed output survives throughout the world.
Parliamentary Enclosure in the late 18th century finally brought the commons to an end. This article reveals how the familiar straight walls of enclosure now divided up the remaining land.
Whatever happened to John Wm. Brown's 'Natural History of Otley'? To rediscover his work on the areas flora would be a natural revelation.
Enclosure is a persistent theme in landscape history. This article details the local nature of encroachments, often contrary to a variety of 'pains' ultimately laid on behalf of the Archbishop of York.
The supposed Roman temporary camp on land off Sun Lane in Burley is receiving plaudits of National Importance from the Secretary of State. This short article questions the elevation to the purple of an unfinished ditch and asks what it all means.
The Sandbeds at Farnley has probably been used more in the last 12 months than it has for generations. Previous access was valued for the use of the now lost ford at Hasling. This article details the history.
The stone-slab wall which runs along the steep slope of central Chevin, has become a familiar feature to hordes of lockdown walkers. This article explains the likely origin of this orthostatic field wall.
Woodlands have traditionally provided a multitude of resources from the landscape. Although one of the two ancient oaks at Clifton Rise below Wood Hill is now lost, we can say much about their earlier history and origin.
The 'Weston Viking' is a fantastic glimpse of the local conflict and consternation which must have engulfed Wharfedale during the Viking conquest. His later life as doorstop and object of museological veneration is outlined in this article.
Naturalist's are naturally excited to see Otters emerging onto the Wharfe in February sunshine - but Lutra lutra often excited bloodier passions in Wharfedale history. This article details the persecution.
This article details the extraordinary life of William Walker, printer and publisher of Otley, 1795-1851. Volumes of his work, ephemeral though it was, can now be found in collections worldwide and denote a special place in the history of early book trade emanating from Otley.
Otley's architectural legacy in stone is well recorded - but the use of bricks in the local vernacular is less celebrated. This article details local brickmaking from the 17th to 20th century.
Visions of the future from vaults of the past - what prophecy did the 1895 'Seer who Sees' foretell for the Otley of 1995?