The destruction of the otter was a sporting past-time thankfully now forgotten. This article outlines the history of their persecution on the Wharfe.
Planned maintenance of Otley bridge is a long time coming, though major renewal remains a bridge too far.
Wm. Longfield's 19thC sketchbook went missing in the 1970's, it hasn't been seen since. News of it's continued existence, no matter what side of the Atlantic, would be welcome.
J.W. Brown compiled a small manuscript 'Natural History of Otley' c.1853. Covering wild flowers, mosses and lichens, it's re-emergence would be a welcome addition to the early natural history of Wharfedale.
The familiar upright stone wall above the White House is the result of quarrying and enclosure. It has nothing to do with a 'medieval vaccary'.
Written at Otley in August 1642, the 'Reall Protestation of manie' has far greater claim on reality than any amount of local Cromwell apocrypha.