Details of the content and context of The OLHB. All entries are based on extensive private research files of the contributors.
These notes accompany a talk given by the author to Otley Archaeological and Historical Society on 12th December 2019.
The plan for Otley's flood scheme creates a parallel history not recognised by this Bulletin. In a constructive attempt at clarity, this new article brings some archaeological reality to the proceedings.
The Newall assemblage clearly indicates that further faunal remains await discovery in the alluvial washlands of Wharfedale. The East of Otley development and Flood Relief Scheme could both encounter this prehistoric material.
The final part of our 'bones diary' ends with an invitation to further, public, scientifc investigation of the Newall material.
Further scratchings at Newall in 1990 revealed a potentially nationally important site, but also aggravated the situation. Part II of our Newall bones diary continues the story.
The Newall bones are some of the most important items to ever enter the Museum collection. The story behind their discovery is an archaeological nightmare.
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.