Old Vicarage

Gardeners Arms

St. John's Church

Beckett Street Cemetery by Alun Pugh

Wednesday February 2nd 2022

Alun is a retired Leeds school teacher and a Leeds Tour Guide.

Beckett Street Cemetery was opened in 1845. It is one of the earliest municipal cemeteries in England, and is situated across the road from St.James’s Hospital, Leeds. Alun will talk about the very interesting stories relating to this sacred place.

It is grade II listed in the National Heritage Category of Park and Garden, and is the second oldest municipal cemetery in England.



The Early years of Rievaulx Abbey by Joyce Hill

Wednesday March 2nd 2022

Joyce is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Literature. She is an international authority of the transmission of Christian culture in early medieval Europe.

The talk is on the early years of Rievaulx Abbey, a wonderful ruin in beautiful North Yorkshire.



New Insights into Bilton Park Colliery by Alan Gould

Wednesday April 6th 2022

Alan is the Secretary of the Society and a valued member of the Study Group. He was born and bred in Bilton but moved away for 40 years, much of that time spent abroad during his career in the chemical industry. On retirement he returned to Bilton.

A summary of our new insights into Bilton Park Colliery have already been serialised in the Society’s newsletters 84, 86 and 87 . This talk covers the investigation in far more detail. It considers the available documentary, physical and archaeological data and provides a better understanding of how the current story of the development and operation of the colliery, from the early part of the 18th century until its closure about 100 years later, was conceived.