New project to investigate 4,000 years of our history

16th century properties on the Newby Hall estate will be examined as part of the project. (100419M21a)
16th century properties on the Newby Hall estate will be examined as part of the project. (100419M21a)
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Four thousand years of archaeological history is set to be investigated after a research project was awarded £10,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The grant has been given to Boroughbridge and District Historical Society to focus on a small area west of the A1 motorway examining Neolithic finds, ancient river crossings, Roman remains, 16th century properties on the Newby Hall Estate and the remnants of a Victorian brickworks.

The Dog Kennel Lane project, in the parishes of Newby-with-Mulwith and Langthorpe, near Boroughbridge, has its boundaries defined by the River Ure and the A1M. The study group will work under the guidance of professional archaeologist Kevin Cale.

Project chairman David Barley said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. I am delighted that an area, which I knew as a boy, will be researched and that the information gathered will be recorded in a way that makes it available to future generations.”

One of aims of the project, which is working in co-operation with the Newby Hall Estate and Langthorpe Parish Council, is to create a permanent heritage trail across the landscape.

The area to be studied includes Brampton Hall, once the home of the Tankard family, and Mulwith, where Mary Ward – founder of the Bar Convent in York – was born. The Tankards were Catholics, who were implicated in the 1569 rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I.

The HLF grant will pay for a year-long programme of workshops, study days and off-site visits, field walking, earthwork recording, oral history and the examination of agricultural changes across many centuries.

The research will be shared with a local and international audience by creating a designated website, holding events in and around Boroughbridge, producing leaflets and by setting-up a display board to interpret what can be seen on the Heritage Trail.

The project will be launched on Saturday, February 1, at an event in the Coronation Hall at Langthorpe, Boroughbridge, when its aims will be explained and the public will have an opportunity to offer help with the research. The event will run from 10am to 4pm.

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that the Boroughbridge and District Historical Society can embark on a real journey of discovery.”