Book List

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Some general books on vernacular architecture

If you are interested in learning more about vernacular architecture, you might find the following books helpful.

  • Armstrong J R (1980) Traditional Buildings - Accessible to the Public
  • Ayres J (1981) The Shell Book of the Home in Britain - Decoration, Design and Construction of Vernacular Interiors 1500-1850
  • Ayres J (2003) Domestic Interiors: The British Tradition 1500-1850
  • Barley M W (1961, 1972) The English Farmhouse and Cottage
  • Barley M W (1986) Houses and History
  • Barnwell P S, Palmer M, Airs M (eds) (2004) The Vernacular Workshop: From Craft to Industry, 1400-1900 (CBA Research Report 140)
  • Barnwell P S and Airs M (eds) (2006) Houses and the Hearth Tax: the later Stuart house and society
  • Barrett N (2001) Tracing the History of Your House
  • Barrett N (2002) House History Starter Pack
  • Braun H (1962) Old English Houses
  • Brown R J (1986) Timber-Framed Buildings in England
  • Brunskill R W (1981) Traditional Buildings of Britain
  • Brown R J (1982) English Farmhouses
  • Brunskill R W (1985) Timber Building in Britain
  • Brunskill R W (3rd ed 1987) Illustrated Handbook of Vernacular Architecture
  • Brunskill R W (2nd ed 1987) Traditional Farm Buildings of Britain
  • Brunskill R (1990) Brick Building in Britain
  • Brunskill R W (1997) Houses and Cottages of Britain
  • Brunskill R W (4th ed 2000) Vernacular Architecture
  • CBA Handbook No 11 (1994) Fixtures and Fittings in Dated Houses
  • Clifton-Taylor A (1972) The Pattern of English Building
  • Cook O (1982) English Cottages and Farmhouses
  • Cunnington P (1980) How Old is Your House?
  • Greysmith B (1994) Tracing the History of Your House
  • Hall L (2005) Period House Fixtures and Fittings 1300-1900
  • Harris R (1978) Discovering Timber-Framed Buildings
  • Hutton B (1986) Recording Standing Buildings
  • Iredale D & Barrett J (2002) Discovering Your Old House
  • Lander L (2003) House and Cottage Restoration
  • Lloyd N (1931) A History of the English House from Primitive to the Victorian Period
  • Lloyd N (1925, revised 1983) A History of English Brickwork
  • Mercer E (1975) English Vernacular Houses
  • Penoyre J & Penoyre J (1978) Houses in the Landscape: a Regional Study of Vernacular Building Styles in England and Wales
  • Peters J E C (1986) Discovering Traditional Farm Buildings
  • Reid R (1989) The Georgian House and its Details
  • Smith J T and Yates E M (reprinted 1992) On the Dating of English Houses from External Evidence
  • Quiney A (1990) The Traditional Buildings of England
  • Walker J (ed) (2011) The English Medieval Roof - Crownpost to Kingpost
  • Wood M (1965, reprinted 1994) The English Medieval House

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Books and articles on buildings in Yorkshire

A selective list of useful books and articles on buildings in Yorkshire:

  • Allison K J (1970) East Riding Water Mills.
  • Allison M (2004) History of Appleton-le-Moors, a 12th century planned village.
  • Ambler L (1913) The Old Halls and Manor Houses of Yorkshire.
  • Armstrong A (2000) "Laithes, field barns and hennery-piggeries in the Pennine Dales" in Atherden M A (ed) Agriculture and the Rural Landscape, PLACE Research Centre.
  • Armstrong A and Pacey A (2001) High Bradley: Architecture and History , Addingham and Bradley.

  • Barker M (1979) "Weavers' cottages in the Huddersfield area: a preliminary survey" Folk Life 17: 49-59
  • Barnwell P S and Pacey A (2008) Who Built Beverley Minster?.
  • Beesley I and others (1988) Calderdale: Architecture and History, Ryburn Publishing.
  • Blizzard E, Sykes N, Tegetmeir W, Watts M (2000) Thatch in and around Ryedale, Hutton Press/Ryedale Folk Museum.
  • Brunton R (1999) "Dovecotes and Pigeon Lofts of the East Coast" in Whitworth A (ed) Aspects of the Yorkshire Coast, Wharncliffe Publishing.
  • Brears P (1978) "Clarke Hall, Wakefield: architectural innovations in 17th century West Yorkshire" Post-medieval Archaeology 12, 86-100.
  • Butlin R (ed) (2003) Historical Atlas of North Yorkshire.

  • Caffrey, H (2006) The Almshouses in the West Riding of Yorkshire, 1600-1900, Heritage Marketing and Publications Ltd.
  • Caffyn L (1985) Workers' Housing in West Yorkshire 1750-1920, RCHM/HMSO.

  • Deadman J (2002) "Manor Farm, Scotton" in Historic Farm Buildings Group Newsletter No 34, Winter 2002.
  • Deadman J (2004) Langton House and the Carlen Brewery: A History 1751-2004, Great Ayton Community Archaeology Project
  • Deadman J (2009) "The Barn at Bilton Hall Farm, Harrogate" in Historic Farm Buildings Group Review No 9, Winter 2008/09
  • Dimes F G and Mitchell M (2nd Ed 2006) The Building Stone Heritage of Leeds, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society.
  • Dodson C T J (2003, new enlarged edition 2007) The Earl of Derby's Courthouse at Burton-in-Lonsdale, Hudson History.

  • Eastwood D (1984) "Dives House, Dalton" Old West Riding 4(1), 23-25.
  • Egerton S (1989) Housing in Humberside. A compilation archive folder.
  • English Heritage (2001) One Great Workshop: The Buildings of the Sheffield Metal Trades, English Heritage.

  • Gamston C (ed) (2011) Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs.
  • Giles C (1981) "New hall, Elland; the story of a Pennine gentry house from c.1490 to the mid-19th century" Old West Riding 1(2), 1-11.
  • Giles C (1986) "Modernising the medieval house: 17th century improvements in West Yorkshire gentry houses" Country Life 180 (30 Oct).
  • Giles C (1986) Rural Houses of West Yorkshire 1400-1830, RCHM/HMSO.
  • Goodall I (1996) "Fold Farmhouse, Kettlewell, North Yorkshire" Vernacular Architecture 27: 54.
  • Goodchild J and Wrathmell S (2002) The King? Mills, Leeds. The History and Archaeology of the Manorial Water-powered Corn Mills, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society.
  • Gregory R (1985) East Yorkshire Windmills, Charles Skilton Ltd.
  • Grenville J (1998) "Variation in timber-framing techniques around York: problems of interpretation" in Stenning D F and Andrews D D (eds) Regional Variation in Timber-Framed Building in England and Wales down to 1550, Essex County Council.

  • Hainsworth P (1990) Chalkstone and Cobblestone construction of the Wolds and Holderness Plain of East Yorkshire MA Thesis Conservation Studies, University of York.
  • Hall I and E (1973) Historic Beverley, William Sessions Ltd.
  • Hall I and E (1978) Georgian Hull, William Sessions Ltd.
  • Hall M (1989) "Artisan Mannerist burghers' houses in Yorkshire and Humberside" York Georgian Society Annual Report. 25-28
  • Hall R (2004) Bedern Hall, York Archaeological Trust with Bedern Hall Company Ltd.
  • Harrison B (1991) "Longhouses in the Vale of York" Vernacular Architecture 22: 31-39.
  • Harrison B and Hutton B (1984) "The house and home in North Yorkshire: examples of a vernacular tradition" Period Home 5: 49-56
  • Harrison B and Hutton B (1984) Vernacular Houses in North Yorkshire and Cleveland, John Donald.
  • Harrison J K (1970) "A survey of horse wheels and wheel houses in Cleveland and the North Yorkshire Moor dales" Bulletin of Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society 8, 13-23.
  • Harrison J K (2001) Eight Centuries of Milling in North East Yorkshire, North York Moors National Park Authority.
  • Harrison S (2002) "Eastburn: The origins of an East Yorkshire Farm" East Yorkshire Historian (Journal of the East Yorkshire Local History Society) Vol 3.
  • Hatcher J (1994) Exploring England's Heritage - Yorkshire to Humberside, English Heritage/HMSO.
  • Hatcher J (1985) The Industrial Architecture of Yorkshire, Phillimore.
  • Hatcher J (1999) Richmondshire Architecture, 2nd ed, Jane Hatcher.
  • Hayes R H and Rutter J G (1972) Cruck-framed buildings in Ryedale and Eskdale, Scarborough and District Archaeological Society Research Report 8.
  • Hayfield C (1994/5) "Farm servants' accommodation on the Yorkshire Wolds" Folk Life 33: 7-28.
  • Hayfield C (1991) "Manure Factories? The post-enclosure high barns of the Yorkshire Wolds" Landscape History 13.
  • Hayfield C (1991) "Blacksmiths' shops on the Yorkshire Wolds" in Tyszka et al Land, People and Landscapes.
  • Hayfield C (1998) "Vessey Pasture: The development of a Yorkshire Wold farmstead" Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 70: 109-123
  • Hayfield C and Wagner P (1998) "The use of chalk as a building material on the Yorkshire Wolds" Vernacular Architecture 29.
  • Hey D (1981) Buildings of Britain, 1550-1750: Yorkshire.
  • Hoskins W G, ed (1970) History from the Farm, Faber and Faber. See Chapter 4, "Four Yorkshire Farms" (Bartindale, Reynard Ing, Hunshelf Hall, and Wilstrop Hall Farms).
  • Hudson P (2002) "King Blocks in North Craven" Yorkshire History Quarterly Vol 8 No 2.
  • Hutchinson J and Palliser D M (1980) York, Bartholomew City Guides.
  • Hutton B (1973) "Timber-framed houses in the Vale of York" Medieval Archaeology 17: 87
  • Hutton B (1977) "Rebuilding in Yorkshire: the evidence of inscribed dates" Vernacular Architecture 8: 819-824.
  • Hutton B (1980) "North Yorkshire vernacular houses" Current Archaeology 7(3), No 74, 92-95.
  • Hutton B (1981) "Some Yorkshire scarf-joints" Vernacular Architecture 12: 30-37
  • Hutton B (1984) "The Old Vicarage, Church Fenton" Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 56, 75-86.
  • Hutton B (1984) "The Yorkshire hearth" Period Home 5(12) 33-35.
  • Hutton B (1984) "Aisles to outshots" in Addyman P and Black (eds) Archaeology in York: an assessment.
  • Hutton K (1985) "Cawood" York Georgian Society Annual Report, 48-49.

  • Jones S (1979) "Stone houses in the vernacular tradition in south Yorkshire 1600-1700" Archaeological Journal 137: 386-393.

  • Lazenby A (1994) The Cobble Stones of Holderness, A Lazenby.
  • Los W A (1991) "From Brickyard to Builder's Yard: Brickmaking in East Yorkshire" Construction History Society Newsletter, Oct 1991.

  • Manby T G (1971) "Lees Hall, Thornhill, a Medieval timber-framed building in the West Riding of Yorkshire" Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol 43, 112-127.
  • Mason K (1988-89) "Laithes: The Barns of Craven" Folk Life, Vol 27, 85-94.
  • Markham L (1996) Yorkshire Privies, Countryside Books.
  • McLellan D (1996) "The Barn at Upper Farm, Raskelf, North Yorkshire" Vernacular Architecture 27: 55-56.
  • Mennim A M (1973) "Rafter holes at Old Hall, Calverly, North Yorkshire" Vernacular Architecture 14: 54
  • Menuge A and Deadman J (2004) "The Hogg Houses of Upper Swaledale" in White R F and Wilson P R (eds) Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 2.
  • Miller K et all (1982) Beverley, an archaeological and architectural study, RCHM/HMSO.
  • Moffatt H and Neave D (1995) Looking at Buildings - The East Riding, English Heritage/Penguin Books.
  • Moody B (1991) Doorways into Beverley's Past, Highgate Publications.
  • Moorhouse S (1990) "The Quarrying of Stone Roofing Slates and Rubble in West Yorkshire during the Middle Ages" in Parsons D (ed) Stone: Quarrying and Building in England AD 43-1525, Phillimore.

  • Nattrass M (1956) "Witch Posts and Early Dwellings in Cleveland" Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol 39, 136-146.
  • Neave D (1991) "Pantiles: Their early use and manufacture in the Humber Region" in Tyszka et al (eds) Land, People and Landscapes.
  • Neave D (1985) "The Architecture and History of Houses" in Dyson B (ed) A Guide to Local Studies in East Yorkshire, Hutton Press. (A study of houses in Burnby, East Yorkshire)
  • Neave D and S (1990) East Riding Chapels and Meeting Houses.
  • Neave D and S (2000) Bridlington, an introduction to its history and buildings, Smith Settle.
  • Neave D and S (2010) Hull: City Guide (Pevsner Architectural Guides).
  • Neave D and Waterson E (1988) Lost Houses of East Yorkshire, Georgian Society for East Yorkshire.
  • Neave S (1993) "Thatched Cottages of the East Riding" Yorkshire Journal No 3 Autumn 1993.
  • Newton G D (1976) "Single storey cottages in West Yorkshire" Folk Life 14, 65-74.
  • Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (2011) Traditional Farmsteads and their Buildings in Nidderdale AONB

  • Pearson L F (1994) Building the North Riding, Smith Settle.
  • Pearson L F (1995) Building the East Riding, Smith Settle.
  • Pearson L F Building the West Riding, Smith Settle.
  • Pevsner N (1966) Yorkshire - The North Riding, Penguin.
  • Pevsner N (1967) Yorkshire - The West Riding, 2nd ed, Penguin.
  • Pevsner N and Neave D (1995) Yorkshire - York and the East Riding, 2nd ed, Penguin.

  • Quiney A P (1980) "Bishop's House, Norton, Sheffield" Archaeological Journal 137, 469-471.

  • Raistrick A (1981) Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales, Dalesman.
  • RCHME (1972) City of York, Vol III, South-West of the Ouse, HMSO.
  • RCHME (1975) City of York, Vol IV, Outside the City Walls East of the Ouse, HMSO.
  • RCHME (1981) City of York, Vol V, The Central Area, HMSO.
  • RCHME (1987) Houses of the North York Moors, HMSO.
  • Ryder P (1979) Timber Framed Buildings in South Yorkshire, County Archaeology Monograph No 1, South Yorkshire County Council.
  • Ryder P (1979) "Vernacular buildings in South Yorkshire" Archaeological Journal 137: 377
  • Ryder P (1982) Medieval Buildings of Yorkshire, Ash Grove Books.
  • Ryder P (1987) "Five south Yorkshire timber-framed buildings" Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 59: 51-82.
  • Ryder P (1998) "Timber-framing in South Yorkshire: confluence or confusion?" in Stenning D F and Andrews D D (eds) Regional Variation in Timber-Framed Building in England and Wales down to 1550, Essex County Council.
  • Ryder P (2004) "Kilnsey Old Hall" in White R F and Wilson P R (eds) Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 2.

  • Salter M (2001) The Castles and Tower Houses of Yorkshire, Folly Publications.
  • Sheeran G (1986) Good Houses Built of Stone, Allenwood.
  • Sheeran G (1998) Medieval Yorkshire Towns, Edinburgh University Press.
  • Short P (1979) "The 14th century rows of York" Archaeological Journal 137: 86-136.
  • Singleton A and Joy D (2008) Barns of the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Smith C (2011) The Almshouses of York.
  • Smith W J (1987) Saddleworth buildings: a guide to the vernacular architecture of the parish of Saddleworth in the Pennines, Saddleworth Historical Society.

  • Taylor K (compiler) (1976) Wakefield District Heritage, Wakefield District Committee for European Architectural Heritage Year.
  • Thornton M (1989) "Yorkshire accents" Traditional Homes 6: 31-34.

  • Walton J (1947, reprinted 1979) Homesteads of the Yorkshire Dales, Dalesman.
  • Waterson E and Meadows P (1990) Lost Houses of York and the North Riding, Jill Raines.
  • West Yorkshire Archaeology Service (2003) Rothwell: The Medieval Manor and Manorial Mills.
  • Wheelan E (1999) "Corn windmills of Scarborough and district" in Whitworth A (ed) Aspects of the Yorkshire Coast, Wharncliffe Publishing.
  • White A (1995) The Buildings of Georgian Whitby, Ryburn Publishing.
  • White R F and Wilson P R (eds) (2004) Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 2.
  • White R and Darlington G (2004) "Field Barns in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale" in White R F and Wilson P R (eds) Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 2.
  • Whitworth A (1987) "Dovecotes and pigeon lofts in Calderdale" Transactions of Halifax Antiquarian Society, 13-18.
  • Whitworth A (1993) "Yorkshire dovecotes and pigeon lofts: a preliminary survey" Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 65, 75-89.
  • Whitworth A (2002) Tyke Towers: Yorkshire's Windmills, Landy Publishing.
  • Whyman M (2003) Richmond at the Start of the 21st Century: An Architectural History, Bargate Publications.
  • Woodward D (1982) "Identifying the Helm: some East Yorkshire evidence" Vernacular Architecture 13, 26-27.
  • Wrathmell S (1989) Domestic Settlement 2: Medieval Peasant Farmsteads (Wharram, A Study of Settlement on the Yorkshire Wolds, VI), York University Archaeological Publication 8.

  • Younge M (ed) (2001) Ripon Market Place - the evolution of the centre of a historic Yorkshire market town, Ripon Historical Society and Ripon, Harrogate and District Family History Group.

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