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Our President, Dr David Johnson, is the author of a new publication: "An Improving Prospect? A History of Agricultural Change in Cumbria."

Now available at all good bookshops and Amazon and promises a fascinating insight into rural life in our region.

An Improving Prospect?

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Next IAG event
Monday, 21 November
Dr Mike Winstanley
The era of enclosure c1750-1870: topics of Lancashire interest

Ingleton Community Centre at 7.30pm. Members 1.50, non-members 3
18 October 2016

Visit to Stydd and Ribchester
On 8 September, a small but select band of colleagues visited the Stydd and Ribchester.

At Stydd, John Cuthbert led the group to view the Grade I listed St Saviour's Church, the Grade II listed Almshouse, plus a long distance view of an unusual Roman Catholic 'Barn Church'. The first record of St Saviour's is at 1136, and is reputed to lie above buildings of an earlier date. An excavation by staff and students from Stonyhurst College found the footings of a building with  rounded bays like an apse. Unable to come to any conclusions as to whether it was Roman or an early Christian basilica, they covered it up again. They left some plans which were used in the 1970's by a team led by Ben Edwards, the County Archaeologist. Sadly, the plans were not at all accurate and Ben's team were unable to locate the remains. Those of us who were part of the Chapel Fell excavation will recognise the situation.

Patrick Tostevin (pictured right), the curator of Ribchester Museum, gave an excellent overview of the history of the museum, a explanation of the Roman camp at Ribshester, plus a more detailed look at the excavations of the camp granaries just outside the Museum. He recounted that at one time during the history of the Museum, the trustees had to decide whether to become part of the local authority's museum provision, or to become a stand-alone charitable trust. The status of charitable trust was chosen by a single vote. If the decision had gone the other way, it's possible this excellent little museum would soon be closed, alongside 50% of the local authority's museum provision.

Thanks to Dianne for the pictures.

8 September 2016
Stydd Almshouses
The Almshouses at Stydd

Ribchester Granaries
The granaries of the Roman Camp at Ribchester

Surveying at Scales Moor
Wednesday 31 August 2016
Yvonne Luke led a hardy group of IAG colleagues in further tape and offset surveys of two neolithic burial cairns on Scales Moor.

Poor weather did not deter us, but the loss of car keys at the end of the day did cause one of our party some consternation.
31 August 2016
Scales Moor

Overground Underground – The Festival of the Ingleborough Dales

The Group ran three guided walks this Saturday for visitors to the Overground Underground Festival walk at Gauber - one for the Pendle Heritage Group and two for the general public. The walk visited the 'Viking’ settlement at Gauber, plus a visit to a Bronze Age burial cairn.

Although the settlement is regularly recorded as being of Viking origin, the reason we have put the word 'Viking' in quotes is because there is no scientific evidence for it belonging to that period.

The remains of a building at Gauber may be long and slim, with a low, stone wall, but the only dating evidence (coins found when the site was excavated in the mid 1970s) gave a period before the Vikings appeared in the Dales.

Visitors were also treated to a display of work done and finds recovered by the Group.
13 August 2016
Gauber display


Surveying at Scales Moor
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Yvonne Luke led a select band of IAG colleagues in a tape and offset survey of a proposed neolithic burial cairn on Scales Moor. This is the first round of surveys, with more cairns to measure, and geophysics and Total Station surveys to follow.

This combined investigation should give Yvonne sufficient evidence to decide whether or not a formal excavation is warranted at some stage in the future.
4 August 2016
Scales Moor - August 2016

Hot off the press
Inventories and Wills from the Parish of Ingleton 1700 - 1750
This IAG supplement to the "Voices fom the Past" is now available in pdf and hard copy. Click here for the pdf version or see the Secretary at the next meeting in Ingleton for a personal hard copy (10).
28 July 2016
Inventories and Wills

IAG Exhibition
Catch up on the work of the Group by visiting the IAG Exhibition at the Ingleton Community Centre.
Free entrance to the display of photographs, finds, artefacts and survey work done by the IAG.

Tuesday 19 July to Sunday 31 July
Ingleborough Community Centre
Open 1000 to 1630

Part of the Overground Underground Festival and the CBA Festival of Archaeology

19 July 2016
Overground Underground Festival

Visit to Greenside Mine
A splendid time was had by IAG members visiting Greenside Mine in Glenridding. Warren Allison led a walk around the external remains of the mine, showing how it had developed from the 1820s up until its demise in the 1960s. We were lucky with excellent weather, but the real treat was the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guide.
17 July 2016
Greenside Mine

Visit to Clapham Bottoms
David Johnson led a group of IAG colleagues across Clapham Bottoms. He showed us features - most likely to be medieval - surveyed earlier in 2008 and 2012. More details here.
17 July 2016
Clapham Bottoms

The Chapel Fell excavation finishes
The dig at Chapel Fell finished on Friday 27 May 2016. A great fortnight was had by all participants, and we eagerly await the formal report from Dr David Johnson in due course.

If you're too impatient to wait, the informal diary is available here.
29 May 2016
How many IAG members can you get in one trench?

Surveying the Burton in Lonsdale Churchyard
Jeff Price led a training session for colleagues on the use of the Group's Total Station, including a visit to the church at Burton in Lonsdale to map the churchyard. More pictures here
27 January 2016
surveying the churchyard

Viewing the Winter Solstice above Ingleborough from Scales Moor
Four intrepid (or foolhardy) colleagues on Scales Moor viewed the Winter Solstice - albeit one day late due to the poor weather the day before.

Yvonne Luke of Bradford University identified one of the neolithic burial cairns on Scales Moor as being aligned to the appearance of the sun at the Winter Solstice over the top of Ingleborough.

Despite poor weather on the day- gale force winds and driving hail - the clouds cleared at just the right moment to view the sunrise from the cairn. More pictures here
23 December 2015
sunrise 09:37