Project applicant: Clapham Village History Group
This project has made digital images and transcriptions of 166 wills for Clapham parish. The wills are from 1541 to 1603, a period of social and religious upheaval in England.
Transcriptions and analysis are available on-line and were completed by volunteers of the Clapham Village History Group.
Project applicant: Ingleborough Archaeology Group
The aim was to produce a series of 3 self-guided walks on the Ingleborough NNR highlighting features of archaeological and historical interest. These walks are accessible to all, regardless of historical or archaeological knowledge, and are available in a number of formats including free printed and downloadable leaflets and an electronic app.
The printed versions were widely distributed through Tourist Information Centres and other visitor outlets and have proved very popular. Walk leaflets PDFs can be downloaded from the IAG website and Android and iPhone apps containing trail maps, content, information and GPS guidance are available to download free of charge.
Selside Village Green serves a most important function in its community, which is very dispersed. Regular village events are held at the Village Green, often attended by up to 50 people. It is used for leisure activities and serves visitors (walkers and cyclists) as a place of rest and enjoyment.
The Selside residents needed a hand with a general overhaul. The benches were repaired and restored, overgrown bushes and hedges cut back, a new flagpole on the Green installed and dry stone walls restored.
Project applicant: Newhouses Lane Residents Association
The condition of the stone sets forming the ford adjacent to the old clapper bridge at the hamlet of Newhouses. The ford is of undetermined age, but is apparent on the first edition OS map of 1851 for Horton. The Highways Authority approach to remedy access issues caused by the fords deterioration was to tarmac over the site.
The restoration of the ford was completed with relaying or replacing stone sets on the surface of the ford and building a buttress to support the adjacent footbridge.
Project applicant: Natural England
The small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly (Boloria selene) is a priority species in the UK Biodiversity Action, is considered a high priority species in the Nature in the Dales 2020 Vision Action Plan and is a Section 41 species of principal importance under the NERC Act in England. There are now only seven small pearl-bordered fritillary sites in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Swarth Moor SSSI near Helwith Bridge is the largest colony.
The mark-release-recapture (MRR) exercise was carried out with the help of Dr. Terry Whitaker, and other volunteers during June and July 2017. Surveys included a mark-release-recapture (MRR) study, transects and timed counts. The report is held by Natural England.
Project applicant: Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
The project carried out repair and consolidation work to a stone built packhorse bridge that crosses Thorns Gill, close to the deserted hamlet of Thorns near Ribblehead. In addition to being of scenic value, the bridge is protected as a grade II listed building and has origins in the 16th or 17th Century. This bridge is also on a public right of way.
Project applicant: Dr J Farrer Discretionary Will Trust
The Hearse House is a traditional stone-built building on the edge of Clapham, constructed of local stone the walls construction includes the use of ‘beck bottom’ stone. The building has a historical relationship with the village. For some time, the building had been losing structural integrity with a partial wall collapse, the North-West gable was misaligned and the Northern wall was bulging out.
Works completed included consolidation of foundations, rebuilding of walls and roof replacement.
Project applicant: Craven District Council
This project is centred on Ingleton viaduct that carried trains high above the River Greta and the valley floor below between Clapham and Tebay. Since the closure of the line in 1967 there has been no access along the track bed and the only activity taking has been maintenance by Highways England (Historical Railway Estate) to keep the structure in a safe condition. This project tells the story of the railway heritage of Ingleton through permanent interpretation at three locations in the village.
Project applicant: North Craven Building Preservation Trust
The Heritage Discovery Centre was installed in the Main Hall at The Folly, Settle in March 2019. It is now open to the public and receiving phenomenal feedback from visitors. The interpretation is a lovely mix of historical and modern photographs, maps, and quotes from the likes of Alan Bennett. It also features objects from the Museum of North Craven Life’s social and industrial history collection and has already begun to engage a wider audience in understanding the forces that influenced the development of Settle.
The Heritage Discovery Centre design means that it can transition and evolve further, being added to and updated to tell more stories about North Craven.
Project applicant: Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust
Survey work of this Anglo-Saxon settlement was completed in 2008, but did not involve any geophysical surveying or excavation as funding was not available.
The aim was to undertake detailed gridded geophysical surveying using magnetometry, complete targeted excavation to understand the detailed morphology of the buildings, provide on the ground experience for a small team of volunteers and compile a full project report including the findings in 2008.
On completion the volunteers had contributed 69 days of time. The full report is now published and can be purchased from the YDMT shop.
Project applicant: Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
This project has equipped the newly established Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Ingleborough volunteer teams with the tools, equipment and PPE needed to undertake nature conservation in the Stories in Stone area. The volunteers, recruited from the local area, will carry out practical activities and learn practical skills. Tasks will include, dry stone walling, woodland management, fencing and coppicing.
The metal container ensures tools are secure and ready available. This tool store was in regular use from the offset and it is hoped that the location of the store will increase the volunteer activity in the area.
Project application: Ingleborough Estate
The contractor has completed the new surface works and made improvements to the drainage. The works have significantly improved this well-used route.