Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Allotment AGM

This year's Annual General Meeting of the Aberford Horticultural Society will take place on Monday 6th February at 8pm in the Royal Oak.

Please make every effort to attend and be a part of the future of the A.H.S


The Committee


Monday, January 30, 2006

Archaeology Reports of Aberford Area

Yorkshire Archaeology 7: A New Link to the Past. The Archaeological Landscape of the M1-A1 Link Road.

Construction of the M1-A1 Link Road between 1996 and 1999 afforded the opportunity to investigate the surviving ancient landscape between Lofthouse and Bramham, to the east of Leeds. The archaeological work carried out represents one of the largest landscape investigations ever mounted in the north of England. This volume is the culmination of a four year programme of fieldwork and analysis. It gives a new perspective on the archaeology of this part of Yorkshire from the early prehistoric to Anglo-Saxon periods.

ISBN 1 870 453 26 3; WYAS 2001, 330 pages, 25 plates, 146 figures incl. 17 colour. £9.50 p+p £5.00

Source: http://www.arch.wyjs.org.uk/aspubl.htm

Highways to the Past leaflet


Becca Banks

Running from near Potterton Bridge eastwards through Aberford and across the A1 motorway, Becca Banks mark the time when the area was an important place. Because of recent excavations carried out before the A1 was widened (in the late 1990's), it is possible to be more positive about the age and purpose of the banks. The earthworks are thought to have been built rather hastily as defences facing south about the time of the Roman invasion of the north of England. The banks probably were constructed up to 600 years after the earthworks in Barwick-in-Elmet. There does not appear to be any direct connection (either physically or by purpose) between the two sets of earthworks.

The detailed report on the excavations has been published by the West Yorkshire Archaeology Service - A New Link to the Past ISNB 1 870453 26 3. (more details from WYAS)

Source: http://www.hjsmith.clara.co.uk/barwnow1.htm

Also see: http://www.hjsmith.clara.net/3943.htm

Becca Banks Map

For climbing info: http://www.ukclimbing.com/databases/crags/craginfo.html?id=1294


The Gascoigne Family of Parlington and Lotherton Hall

The Gascoigne family originated in Gascony and is said to have come to England at the time of the Norman conquest. By the fourteenth century the Gascoignes had estates at Gawthorpe and Harewood, where some of their tombs can still be seen. Eventually the estates were to pass on to Thomas Wentworth of Wentworth Woodhouse, who married the Gascoigne heiress, Margaret, in 1567.

The junior branch of the family, headed by Nicholas Gascoigne, acquired the estate of Lasingcroft in 1392. This was to remain the family seat until the sixteenth century, when Richard Gascoigne purchased the estate of Barnbow not far from Leeds. This in turn was to be supplanted by Parlington. Set due west of Aberford, the Parlington estate had been bought by Richard Gascoigne's father John from Thomas Wentworth in 1546.

Sir John Gascoigne, the 1st Baronet, succeeded in 1602; he was Richard Gascoigne's grandson and until the death of Sir Thomas Gascoigne in 1810 there was a continuous succession. Sir John and his family had reverted to Roman Catholicism in 1604. Sir Thomas, 2nd baronet, also a zealous Catholic, was an ardent supporter of the Royal cause in the Civil War and had his land confiscated in 1644. A critic said of him that he was mentally incapable, but he gave some indication of his ability when he secured his own acquittal in the face of the notorious Judge Jeffries, on a charge of treason for his part in the so-called Barnbow Plot. He afterwards retired to Lampspringe, in Germany, where his younger brother John was Abbot, and died there in 1686.

His surviving son succeeded him but died without an heir, whereupon the estates passed to his two nephews in turn. The elder, Thomas, 4th Baronet, who is said to have conformed to the Established Church, also died without heir, leaving his estates to his brother. In 1723 the lands were inherited by Edward Gascoigne, who became the 6th Baronet. He travelled extensively on the Continent, returning to settle at Parlington in 1726. In the same year he married Mary, the daughter and heir of Sir Francis Hungate of nearby Huddleston Hall. She eventually brought with her a considerable estate; the Elizabethan Hall survives to this day.

He was succeeded by his two sons, the younger, Sir Thomas, became 8th Baronet in 1762. Born at Cambrai in 1745 and educated in France, he had spent a large part of his early life on the Continent. He returned to settle at Parlington in 1779, a year which also saw him in Paris, Bordeaux, Milan, Naples and Rome, where he was painted by Pompeo Batoni. He is depicted in the elegant pose and cultured surroundings, symbolic of his education, taste and intellectual pursuits. Such portraits were Batoni's speciality. Indeed it was Sir Thomas who acquired Francis Wheatley's Irish House of Commons and ordered the Chinese armorial tea and dinner services which can still be seen in the house. He was a member of Parliament and the strength of his political views is reflected in the Triumphal Arch built on his estate at Parlington to show his approval of American Independence. The architect was Thomas Leverton, who was also among those who submitted designs for a new house at Parlington; John Carr of York was another. Sir Thomas was a keen agriculturist and racehorse owner; his successes are commemorated in the magnificent series of Race Cups at Lotherton. He renounced the Roman Catholic faith of his predecessors and died without heir in 1810. Under his will the estates passed to Richard Oliver, son of the Hon. Silver Oliver of County Limerick: he married Sir Thomas's step-daughter and, taking the surname and arms of Gascoigne, lived at Parlington for thirty-three years and maintained the agricultural interest and racing successes of Sir Thomas. It was he who in 1825 purchased Lotherton Hall and Park from Lamplugh Raper, a local landowner.

R. 0. Gascoigne's daughters Mary Isabella and Elizabeth inherited the estate in 1843, and whilst unmarried lived together at Parlington. They were noted for their generosity both locally (building the Almshouses at Aberford in a picturesque Gothic style in 1844) and in Ireland, where they assumed responsibility for the relief of distress on their Oliver estates during the potato famine of 1846-47. When they married they divided the Yorkshire lands between them, Mary Isabella living at Parlington with her husband Frederick Charles Trench, who took the surname Gascoigne. Elizabeth married Charles' cousin Frederick Mason Trench, the 2nd Baron Ashtown, in 1852. They took the Lotherton property although they did not live there, and died without an heir. In 1893 Lotherton passed to Mary Isabella's son Colonel Frederick R. T. T. Gascoigne, a noted soldier and traveller.

Together with his wife Gwendolen, daughter of a famous engineer, Sir Douglas Calton (and second cousin to Florence Nightingale), the Colonel set about remodelling and improving the house to accommodate his growing family. From 1897 to 1931 a new dining room, entrance hall, drawing room and servants' wing were added to the house, whilst Mrs Gascoigne created the charming Edwardian gardens along the south front. In 1905 the Gascoignes inherited the Parlington estates and hall. Many of the furnishings were transferred to Lotherton and the old house was shuttered and abandoned. It was finally demolished in the 1950s.

Colonel and Mrs Gascoigne had three children, Alvary, Oliver (who died in infancy) and Cynthia. Alvary inherited the house in 1937 and, on his retirement from the Diplomatic Service, lived here with his wife Lorna Priscilla, until his death in 1970. Sir Alvary and Lady Gascoigne made few alterations to the house but enriched it with oriental works of art acquired during Sir Alvary's service as British Ambassador to Japan and Moscow. Sir Alvary's only son, Douglas Wilder Gascoigne, was killed in action during the Second World War and in 1968 the house and its contents were presented to the City of Leeds, together with an endowment fund for buying works of art for the collection. Many of the Gascoignes' friends and retainers continue to live on in Aberford and the surrounding area.

Source: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall/lothgasc.html


Monday, January 23, 2006

Aberford to Leeds - Bus Timetables

Bus Timetables and Details:

Bus stops in Aberford:

Bus Timetables: http://www.wymetro.com/BusTravel/BusTimetables/

Journey Planner: http://www.yorkshiretravel.net


Sunday, January 22, 2006

John Oligby route map through Abyforth - 1675

Section of a John Ogilby - "Road Strip" style route map published in 1675.

Whole Map: ogilby-aberford-whole.jpg

For more maps of Aberford and surrounding area try this link: http://www.oldtykes.co.uk/elmetmap.htm


Mostyn map of Aberford - 1776

An old map of the Aberford area from 1776 by Mostyn (kindly sent in by Lee Toone)

(click on image for more detail)


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

General notices

Pantomime: Leeds Art Theatre will be presenting a touring school pantomime "Bluebeard the Pirate" at Aberford Village Hall on Saturday 28th January at 7.00pm. Tickets available from the Village Shop. Adults £5 and children £3.

Sunbeams: This happy pre-school group for all children from 0-school starting age meets every Monday at the Methodist Church from 9.15-11.15am. Come and join us for toys, music, games, craft, refreshments, conversation and fun. All parents, grandparents and carers welcome.

Village Hall: Available for hire for meetings, parties and functions. For details please contact Harry Fisher on 0113 281 2992.

Tuesday Club: This friendly club for the over 55's meets on alternate Tuesdays in the Pool Room at the Royal Oak, beginning with lunch at 1pm. New members always welcome. Please contact Alvice on 0113 281 2192.

Mobile Library: Calls each Monday at Beech View from 4.35pm-5.10pm, Highfield 5.50pm-6.30pm, St John's Garth from 6.30pm-7pm and outside the Arabian Horse from 7pm to 7.30m.

Source: http://www.wetherbytoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionID=19&ArticleID=1313385


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

HMS Aberford ???

Does anyone know whether the HMS Aberford is named after Aberford in West Yorkshire?

This is what I have found out about it so far ...

Aberford P3102

"Ford" class Patrol boat
HMS Aberford P3102
Ford Class Seaward Defence Boat
Northern Ireland
Builders: Yarrow

Image Source: http://www.navyphotos.co.uk/ford%20class%20patrol.htm

Launched 1952: HMS ABERFORD
Built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Scotstoun,
Yard No 2031
Last Name: NYATI (1964)
Launched: Monday, 22 September 1952
Built: 1954
Ship Type: Seaward Defence Boat
Owner History:Royal Navy
Status: Scrapped - 1971

Source: http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=1527

"The Royal Navy granted Kenya Navy as a gift HMS Aberford, an inshore mine sweeper which was renamed KNS (for Kenya Navy Ship) Nyati. Two boats and motor cutters were also given to our Navy and used in training the young seamen."

Source: http://www.nationaudio.com/News/DailyNation/280899/Features/story1.html


Sunday, January 15, 2006

Map of Aberford (with places)

Hope Google don't mind but I have used GoogleEarth (http://earth.google.com/) to produce a map of Aberford with some key landmarks on it. I'm trying to make these Aberford landmarks available in their Earth community, so download the program (really needs broadband) and search for Aberford. Click here for more detailed view of Aberford