The 2008 closure of the Civic Centre meant had serious consequences for the tenants. Where are they now? Do the words of local authorities, press and commentators reveal a plan?
In trying to unscramble the lamentable script of the soap opera that is the modern tale of Otley Civic Centre, there is near total silence as to its past.
Whatever happened to the Weston Viking? This note follows his journey from Wharfedale to Denmark and back again.
The international importance of Otley's Anglo-Scandanavian sculpture has been recognised over the last 100 years in over 39 academic works. This note details the history of that interest.
Between 1887 and 1897, Greenwood and Batley conducted torpedo tests in Lindley reservoir. This note outlines the history of those tests.
This short article outlines the things we can reasonably say about Farnley Camp and identifies seven phases of specific activity.
Excavation in advance of the Pannal to Nether Kellet gas pipleline revealed seventeenth century brick clamps.
A research history of York Gate Farm was prepared in 2014. An 1870s example of a bank barn was discovered.
Following questions of ownership and origins in 2016, an simple historical outline was established.
Recent destruction of part of the weir flushed away significant archaeological evidence. The archaeological wood revealed is now wrecked and abandoned in the river. The authors here reveal their research and illustrate the surviving timbers.
Otley Show is renowned as being 'old', but origin dates are far from clear.
Documents relating to the Royalty Inn pre-date a locally celebrated lease of 1915 by at least 50 years.
Otley has a bad case of plaque. A rich diet of invented tradition and tap-room mythology feeds the heritage appetite, no matter how rotten the connection.
Attempts to establish ownership for a Lottery funded renovation of the Grade II listed Navvies Memorial in Otley Churchyard, has called for some repeated background information.
A 500mm depth limit imposed on archaeologists working to the rear of Costa Coffee naturally failed to reveal any significant medieval archaeology.
Though many buildings in Otley are proudly adorned with datestones, some of them are not what they appear to be.
Research in advance of development covered the medieval footings of Mill Lane, the context of the bridge end, water table levels and eighteenth century land ownership from the Manor House.
The long awaited conservation of 6-8 Boroughgate demanded a repeated history of these significant Grade II listed buildings.
A lack of local perspective seriously undermines developer funded archaeology. The results are often embarrassing. The All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group sought to assess the situation in 2003, but little progress was made.
The development and demise of PPG16 has been a sad spectacle at the local level. If ever the system actually worked nationally, it was certainly less successful in Otley.