This article details the 'long affray' between hunters/hunted and keepers/poachers. Beasts of chase, park and common are considered in this illuminating article.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Certainly not enough to build an empire on.
In contrast to their brothers in Burley, the town of Otley failed to form a corps of volunteer riflemen - 'animosity and towering ambition' causing it to collapse in January 1860.
Formerly known as Ratten Row, Otley's rat infested lane received a Victorian re-brand as Mercury Row.
The low lying fields East of Otley have been identified for housing development. If the street names reflect the historical reality, householders might find themselves living in Foulcauseway Mews. A short note on the archaeological potential of the area is also appended.
Otley has had 30 different plans over the last 40 years. Will an extra 'Neighbourhood Plan' make any difference? This article provides historical context.