SLINGSBY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP[Find here info on annual history days, publications and our regular monthly meetings]
The Local History Group meets monthly (on the third Tuesday of the month) to explore various aspects of history in the local area (scroll down for the meetings diary). At some meetings we invite a guest speaker to join us and share knowledge and expertise; at others we discuss current and future projects, including major exhibitions on a selected theme. Occasional Saturday morning coffee sessions in The Grapes pub enable us to talk informally to older residents who recall earlier times in the village and enable us to record their experiences. Local walks, led by an expert, help us understand the way our landscape has been shaped, or identify aspects of natural history (birds, wild flowers). Special visits, for example to the North Yorkshire Archive, are also arranged to inspect historical material relevant to our projects.
Since our inception in 2011 we have organised Local History Days on the following topics:
2011 – Various displays on the church, castle and brick kiln
2012 – Farming (with re-enactment of agricultural hirings and talks)
2013 – Local businesses (excluding farming)
2014 – Slingsby and war
2015 – Entertainments in Slingsby
[2016 – No exhibition]
2017 – Ursula and Lionel Lascelles exhibition + launch of Farming in Slingsby book and Village Trail.
Full details of our local history exhibitions are HERE
Local History Group MEMBERS! Planning information is HERE
In 2017 our main focus was to prepare an open exhibition on Ursula and Lionel Lascelles, sister and brother who lived in Slingsby for many years. Ursula died in 1992, aged 102, and left a wonderful scrapbook and journal of her time in the area, including fascinating information about her experiences as a nurse during World War II, snippets of local gossip, and photographs and drawings. On the same day, we launched our latest book: Farming in Slingsby Parish, Then and Now, in Words and Pictures, compiled by LHG member David Thornley, and also a Village Trail for visitors, suggesting a walking route around the village with brief notes on the many interesting buildings and features. The exhibition took place in the Village Hall on Saturday 18 March.
The Local History Group project for 2018 is to collect and present more information about Slingsby Castle, both the medieval castle and its later 17th century successor. The information available so far can be read on the Slingsby Castle webpage HERE . In February 2018 the Group welcomed Steve Moorhouse, a visiting research fellow at Leeds University with a particular interest in the interpretation of medieval landscapes. This was an outdoor visit to look at the area of original parkland around the castle. His initial thoughts can also be seen on the Slingsby Castle webpage.
For further information about the Local History Group contact Margaret Mackinder at email@example.com or tel. 01653 697010 or come along to a meeting. You will be very welcome.
Read on for Publications and Meetings Diary
Farming in Slingsby Parish
This is a large book of 120 A4 pages and includes a wealth of information about local farms and farmers, plus a lot of history of the area – not only farming. It is in colour and has over 200 photos.
Available from the Village Shop or direct from David Thornley (01653 627210), price £12.
Slingsby Then and Now
Using the same format as the above farming book, this earlier publication of 98 pages describes the wide range of people and businesses around Slingsby in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Available from the Village Shop or direct from David Thornley (01653 627210), price £12.
Slingsby Village Trail
This is a free leaflet pointing out village landmarks with a brief history. It describes a trail around the village identifying some of the historical and architectural features. Pocket-sized and in colour, it opens up into a large but manageable sheet for the walk.
The Trail leaflet is free and can be obtained from the Village Shop, All Saints Church, The Grapes Inn or the two caravan sites.
Guide to All Saints Church, for adults
Guide to All Saints Church, for children
These two colourful guides give the history of the church and point out the key features.
The adults’ guide costs £2.50 and the children’s guide 75p. Both are available from the church.
Slingsby, Fryton and South Holme Photo-DVD
This DVD contains over 1,100 photographs of Slingsby, Fryton and South Holme over the past 100+ years. It will play on a normal DVD player such as that connected to an ordinary television. It plays for over 2 hours and may be paused/resumed just like any other film.
Available from David Thornley (01653 627210) for £5.
Village Design Statement
This is an online planning document offering advice to builders and residents on acceptable design features that preserve the special character of Slingsby, Fryton and South Holme.
It may be viewed via this link:
Local History Meetings Diary 2018
Meetings of Slingsby Local History Group will generally be on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except August. Meetings normally take place in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. All welcome. Entrance £1.00 to cover hall hire, or from £2.50 when there is an arranged speaker. There are also Saturday morning discussions and outdoor walks to look at historic features. For further information about the Local History Group contact Margaret Mackinder at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01653 697010 or come along to a meeting. You will be very welcome.
If you wish to receive regular news of meetings by email, please sign-up to do so at any meeting.[For external lectures in Malton and Helmsley, look here.]
Tuesday 17th April. How times have changed: a brief history of Malton. Margaret Mackinder will give an illustrated history talk developed for Malton Museum. This includes interesting old maps of Malton, general history of the town and information about some of interesting characters and businesses. 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall Committee Room. (Entrance £2 to enable a small donation to be made towards the Museum finances). Please use side entrance to the Village Hall.
Tuesday 15th May: Outdoor meeting: an evening walk led by Kate Giles, Margaret Mackinder and John Clayton to look at and talk about some of the village’s listed buildings and other historic features around the Village Conservation Area, including trees and landscape in general. We shall start on The Green and progress down Railway Street to look at some of the buildings in that area which we have not looked at before. Meet on the Green at 7 p.m.
Tuesday 19th June. Steve Moorhouse will give an illustrated lecture on Slingsby Castle and its landscape. At 7 p.m. in the main hall of the Village Hall. (Please note the earlier time). Entrance £3.
Tuesday 17th July – Influential Slingsby characters: Robert Ward and the Ward family and the Revd. St. Clair Brooke. Village Hall committee room, 7.30pm, entrance £1.
Our meetings are open so please feel free to join us.
DEVELOPMENT OF A LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE
There has been a church on the site of All Saints Parish Church close to Slingsby castle for at least a thousand years. The present church contains medieval remains and monuments from earlier buildings and is itself a monument to the rich history of Slingsby. English Heritage is encouraging churches all over the country to embrace other activities in order to justify their continued existence, now that church membership is so small. Keeping them open just for worship alone is not affordable or justifiable.
Both local people and the many visitors to the village want to know more about the castle and other local features, so it is aimed to create an exhibition area for both permanent and temporary exhibitions. This would involve minimal change inside the building, which can still continue to be used for worship and for other purposes. The exhibitions would involve local history, information about the Castle and all other aspects of village life, such as wildlife, social history, archaeology, trees, arts and crafts.
In 2018 a project, with Heritage Lottery Fund support, is under way to create a new Local History Resource Centre and exhibition area in the north aisle of the church.
The Time Capsule
A time capsule was buried in the foundation stone when All Saints Church was substantially rebuilt in 1867. Slingsby PCC obtained permission to excavate the capsule. The exploration by an accredited stonemason took place on Saturday 28th February 2015.
For the results of the excavation and details of the new time capsule, please look here
Click above for a short video of part of the 2011 Local History Weekend.
Below is an edited verson of the recording of residents’ memories (made in the Grapes in December 2012) about Slingsby during the Second World War.