Events and Activities

Events for 2024 will include those listed below. Other events are being planned and details will be published here when finalised. Do visit our YVBSG YouTube channel where you will find recordings of talks and short videos of previous visits.


  • Shandy Hall bread ovens and Coxwold walkabout

    Thursday 28 March 2024

    Join us on a visit to look at the newly discovered bread oven at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, followed by a walkabout in Coxwold. There is much of interest in this attractive village located eight miles south-east of Thirsk. The Group has recorded one building here: report 911, The Old School or Old Hall.

    • 10.00-10.30 - Arrive at Coxwold. Parking is at the Village Hall, YO61 4BB, where there are also toilets. Allow at least five minutes for the walk to Shandy Hall at the top of the hill. There is also village street parking for a shorter walk to Shandy Hall up Thirsk Bank. Unfortunately the Coxwold Tea Rooms do not open until 11.00.
    • 10.30 - Shandy Hall. Chris Pearson will give a guided tour round the outside of the building to explain what is known of its development (the recently revealed oven is on the outside too) before going inside to look at the bread ovens. She will also show us the wall painting in the parlour downstairs and a picture of the one upstairs.
    • 12.00 - Lunch. Members are advised to book a table at The Fauconberg, or try the Tea Rooms or bring a packed lunch.
    • 13.30 - Gather at St Michael's church for walkabout of Coxwold village with Moira Fulton.
    • 15.30 - Moira has kindly offered tea at her Coxwold home for those wishing to have refreshments before departing. Closing time around 16.00.

    Numbers are limited to 10 members. Please contact David Cook on archivist@yvbsg.org.uk or call 07810 668975 to book a place, first come, first served.


  • Marks, Graffiti, Wall Paintings and Decoration in Yorkshire Buildings

    Saturday 27 April 2024

    We're pleased to resume our annual day schools with an event to be held at York St John University from 9.30am to 5.45pm. The programme comprises:

    • Markings on timber and stone (David Cant)
    • Farm graffiti of the Yorkshire Wolds (Professor Kate Giles and Professor Mel Giles)
    • A farmer's daybook carved in oak: beam carvings at Manor Farm, Upper Midhope (Andrew Bower and Andy Bentham)
    • The painted chamber at Calverley Old Hall (Caroline Stanford)
    • The wall paintings of Pickering Church: their discovery, restoration and meaning (Professor Kate Giles)
    • Painted decoration on plasterwork, carved oak and panelling, and stained glass in West Yorkshire's mid sixteenth and seventeenth vernacular houses (Peter Thornborrow)

    For more information and to book a place, please see the full details. The booking form on its own is also available in Word format. The booking deadline is 14 April 2024 and the day school is open to all.

    The Group's AGM will be held immediately after the talks.


  • Vernacular Buildings of Bridlington

    Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May 2024

    This year's annual recording conference will be held in the seaside town of Bridlington, and we'll be recording buildings in the area including nearby villages. In the evening lectures, David Neave and Richard Myerscough will introduce us to the local architecture and building stones. On the Sunday afternoon we'll have a tour of Bridlington's very interesting Old Town, which has one of the best preserved Georgian streets in the county.

    For full details and to book a place, please see the attached conference leaflet and booking form - the booking deadline is 15 April 2024 and the conference is open to all. Two bursaries are available; for more information and to apply, please see the Bursary Application Form.


  • A walk around Easingwold

    Monday 8 July 2024

    A guided walk looking at vernacular buildings in Easingwold on Monday 8 July. The group has recorded more than a dozen varied buildings in the town, ranging from the timber-framed Tudor House and Cottage in Uppleby to a brick-built dovecote off Long Street. Our leader will be local historian Valerie Taylor. Meet at 11am in the Market Place, and bring a picnic or have lunch in one of several cafes. Maximum number 18. Please book your place by mailing Gunhildwilcock@icloud.com.


  • A visit to Croft Farm near Todmorden, and nearby buildings

    Date to be confirmed

    Kevin Illingworth is planning another visit to the Todmorden area, primarily to view Croft Farm which we were only able to see from a distance on our last walk. The day will comprise short walks along contours and will include a look at other nearby buildings, still to be confirmed. It might include Horsfall House of 1777 with chamfered mullion windows and some classical features. Higher Stoodley Farmhouse of c1770 has similar features. Haugh House has 'DAIRY' on a lintel. In the Stoodley area is Causeway East Farmhouse, part seventeenth century, also with a dairy lintel at the rear. Full details will be published when the date is finalised.


Third Thursday Talks

We are continuing to offer a series of occasional online talks which will normally take place by Zoom at 7.30pm on the third Thursday of the month. The talks are open to all (including non-members) and are free of charge. Members are notified by email as soon as booking is open for each talk, and details are also added to this website. When booking for a talk is open, please register by clicking on the 'Book now' button, which will take you to the Eventbrite booking page. Joining instructions with the Zoom link will be sent by email after booking. When possible, the talks will be recorded and published on the YVBSG YouTube channel.

Future talks

  • The Weald and Downland Museum

    By Malcolm Birdsall on Thursday 20 June 2024 at 7.30pm.

    The Weald and Downland Museum is an open-air museum of buildings near Chichester, West Sussex. Malcolm's talk will give an overview of some of the vernacular buildings on the site, illustrating building techniques and adaptations. The presentation will include a look at Bayleaf, a Wealden house at the museum dating from the early fifteenth century, and will also discuss Wealden houses elsewhere, such as the examples in York.