Large attendance at Local History Group open meeting

Learning more about our local history


Over 60 villagers crowded into the Village Hall on Wednesday, April 24 for an open meeting given by Bishop Monkton Local History Group.

The meeting included a talk by Chris Bagnall about the Group’s new website, Bishop MonktonYesterday; a lecture by David Richold about the Village’s Conservation Area and its listed buildings, and a briefing by Annabel Alton about planned walks and outings planned for the coming months.

Local history themed merchandise produced by Morag Gray was sold to those attending. She and Margaret Mason, who has carried out extensive research for the Group, were thanked for all their hard work.

Helpers sought to run new on-line archive
From document in a filing cabinbet .....
... to an accessible website

Chris Bagnall talked about the Group’s new website, which will become the village’s archive. It has been named Bishop Monkton Yesterday (providing a sister site to Bishop Monkton Today which is the long-established village website reporting current news and affairs). Both sites will be run independently but there will be a degree of cross promotion.

Bishop Monkton Yesterday is being created by Chris who explained why he thought we needed such a site: It would, he said:

Make existing information available to everyone
Make sure information is there for people in years to come
Create an archive where people’s history can be stored and viewed by all
Grow the archive by ncouraging people to give copies of their personal records and photographs.
Help people find their own family histories.

At present material collected is stored in a single filing cabinet housed in a back room at the Village Hall – but in time this information will be transferred to the new website so that it can be accessed by all, and people can add their own contributions.

Chris said he needed several volunteers to join the website team to work on building up the archive and getting data on to the site.

Some were needed to help decide what and where records would go on the website and others to actually add it to the site. Some computer knowledge would be helpful.

To go to the site, which is still very much under development, please Click Here

Anyone interested in undertaking any of these tasks should contact Chris at Sunmmerfield, Bishop Monkton. E-mail:  Tel: 07860 664611.

The Conservation Area and listed buildings

David Richold, the well known local architect, gave an interesting presentation explaining the extent of Bishop Monkton Conservation Area.

In this area residents are required to observe certain restraints when planning changes to their property. To mention just two:they should not install PVC windows, and should not cut down trees without permission.

David also gave details of the village’s 12 listed buildings.  The first in the list is not in fact a house but a milestone by the side of the A61 and near to the Bishop Monkton turnoff.

David also put a number of historical maps on show and after his talk answered questions about them and his talk from members of the audience.

Three interesting events in prospect

Annabel Alton gave details of three events the Group will be arranging for this summer.

1. A village walk, entitled From Mill to Mill and Beyond. Sue Hargreaves, who grew up in the village, will lead a walk starting at Freedom Mill and walking to the old Corn Mill, describing interesting landmarks and features on the way.
The walk will be take place on Thursday, May 9 starting at 2pm. There is no charge.

2. A comprehensive tour of Markington Hall led by a specialist guide on Thursday, June 6 starting from 2 to 4pm.
The visit will include a tour of the historic building, tea and cake followed by a chance to look round the lovely gardens. The cost is £14 per head.
Bookings to or tel. 01765 676538

3. A third, and newly announced event, will be a visit to Aldborough, with its fascinating Roman connections. It will take place on Thursday, July 25. Time and price to be announced shortly.

The village of Aldborough was once the site of the northernmost Roman walled town in Britain, called Isurium Brigantum. 

The name Isurium is thought to be connected with the River Ure, and Brigantum from the Brigantes who were the largest tribe in Roman Britain. In subsequent centuries the town declined in size to the village we see today, but ample evidence of the Roman period can still be seen, such as several impressive mosaics and parts of the towns defences.

The guided  tour is booked specially for the Bishop Monkton History Group and will be run by English Heritage and the Friends of Roman Aldborough

Contact Annabel Alton if you are interested in coming on the tour. E- - Tel. 01765 676538.

Your chance to join the Group

At the meeting it was announced that the Group was now offering membership to villagers at a cost of £10 per head per annum. Over 30 enrolled on the night.

Further applications for membership should be made to Jenny Goodman, Group Secretary,

Now go to  Bishop Monkton Yesterday. Bear in mind it is still under construction.