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Excursion to Malton

Thursday 10th August 2017

A day taking in the interesting features of this Ryedale market town, with guided walks in the morning and afternoon looking at the town’s notable buildings and its colourful history dating from the time of the Roman fort of Derventio.

We begin at 11.00am with tea, coffee and home-made biscuits at the beautiful Old Lodge Hotel of 1602, with a history of this impressive building. £3.35 per person, payable on the day. (Pre-booking required).

We will take a look behind the scenes in the art-deco Palace Theatre & Cinema, and hear about the town’s Charles Dickens connection.

Following lunch in one of the many eating establishments of your choice, we will convene at the recently refurbished museum on Yorkersgate, where a volunteer member of staff will take us on the afternoon tour (suggested donation of £5 for museum funds).

Malton is accessible by bus and train, and has 3 long-stay car parks. Details will be e-mailed to members on request.

All enquiries and bookings to Jane Ellis.


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Tuesday 12th September 2017

A three-hour circular walk taking in the ten information boards on the Battlefield Trail, which tell the full story in graphic detail of this 1461 Wars of the Roses encounter, “probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil”.

Meet at 12.00 noon for lunch at The Rockingham Arms, Towton, 2.5 miles south of Tadcaster on the A162 Tadcaster to Sherburn-in-Elmet road.

Full menu available, from Light Bites at £4.25. Cars may be left in the pub car park whilst we walk the trail following lunch.

Note that this walk is not accessible by public transport.

Wear suitable outdoor clothes and footwear for walking field paths, and bring a drink.

Please book your lunch by e-mailing Jane Ellis:


with your name, the number of participants and contact telephone number. Telephone Jane on 07787-311913 for details. The lunch options will be sent to you by e-mail.

Deadline for lunch bookings is Monday 4th September.

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New home for YAHS

The Society has recently completed the sale of its former premises at Claremont, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds and now has an office at Joseph's Well (see footer for address and  Contacts section for details of other ways to get in touch). Please note that the office is not open every day, so it is strongly recommended that you contact the Society with any queries you may have by email or telephone in the first instance.



Wakefield Court Rolls Volume 19 is Now in Print

Wakefield Court Roll 19Published in the fortieth year of our long-running series, volume 19 of the Wakefield Court Rolls series is now in print. This the manorial court roll for 1781-1782, ably edited for publication by David Scriven.

By the later eighteenth century, a great amount of information is available from a wide variety of sources to supplement the information available in the court roll. Likewise, a great deal of information is now available in the court roll to add to the information which is already known from other historical sources.

David Scriven has researched extensively to bring all this information together, and with great effect, in his wide-ranging introduction and in the seventeen pages of notes to the text of the roll.

The series has now published four manorial court rolls from this period. Volume 10 (1994) was an edition of the rolls for 1790-1791 and 1791-1792, and volume 16 (2014) was an edition of the roll for 1812-1813.

In 2011, the UK National Commission of UNESCO added the Wakefield manorial court rolls to its Register of the Memory of the World, in recognition of the major importance which these records possess for the history of this country.

Over the last four decades, the Wakefield Court Rolls series has come to be recognised as being ‘in the vanguard of raising awareness of the richness of manorial court records ’ , in the words of Professor Angus Winchester in 2012. It is an achievement of which the YAS can justly feel proud.

This court roll has an obvious importance for the history of this central swathe of the West Riding, and the volume will also be of interest for anyone engaged in researching their family history, as the fourteen pages of personal names listed in the index show.

Details of how to obtain a copy of the new book will be found in the YAS website in the Publication section. The website can also tell you how to buy any of the earlier volumes in the series, or how to become a subscriber.

The Wakefield manorial records have now been transferred, along with the other archives of the society and the library, to the special collections department of the University of Leeds Library, under our new partnership agreement. There they can now be consulted, as they have been at Claremont, by members of the society and members of the public.



YAS Excursions for 2017

Full details of these outings can be found here or in the news archive