Details of the content and context of The OLHB. All entries are based on extensive private research files of the contributors.
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?
Samuel Hyslop Kerr moved to Otley in 1848 and began a scholastic career educating the towns emerging middle class lasting 38 years.
The Riverside housing estate near Otley has an unusual political genesis previously unknown. This article details the development.
Nineteenth century Scottish migration to Otley was derived from Nithsdale near Dumfries. 'Scotchmen' brought tea, linen and woollen goods to the town - and reforming educational zeal.
This article details the history of the Summercross pub in Otley. It reveals the origin of the name, shows the earlier landscape history and populates the place with market gardeners and landlords.
The former Royal Oak inn on Clapgate has but little to do with Charles II. This article investigates the original roots of a tangled pub history.
The closure of the Horse and Farrier on Bridge Street in Otley marks a pandemic pause in a long history of generational inns, taverns, beer shops, barns and smithies. This article details the trade.
The Black Horse pub went by the name of the Broken Dragoon for 27 years in the 18th century. What does this mean and was there any local evidence of former military tenancy?
The Farnley estate and manorial archives are remarkable. This article seeks to show their current provenance and historical profile in 2020.
This note on the Boer War service of Capt. Preston, late of Flasby Hall near Gargrave, was prepared for publication in 2018.
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.