Details of the content and context of The OLHB. All entries are based on extensive private research files of the contributors.
This note on the Boer War service of Capt. Preston, late of Flasby Hall near Gargrave was prepared for publication in 2018. Though outside the geographical area of the bulletin, it is published here for want of an audience.
The disused rifle range on Hawksworth Moor provides enigmatic access to the military history of Wharfedale from Volunteer movement to the Korean War.
This article details the 'long affray' between hunters/hunted and keepers/poachers. Beasts of chase, park and common are considered in this illuminating article.
Walter Fawkes was the benevolent patron of J.M.W. Turner at Farnley Hall, 1808-24. This article details Turner's Wharfedale and Washburn work in light of the recent 'Northern Exposure' exhibition at the Mercer gallery in Harrogate.
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.