Vernacular houses of the Dales to be discussed at lecture

Middleham Key Centre.

Vernacular Houses in Wensleydale, Bishopdale and Coverdale will be the subject of a lecture next month.

The talk by David Cook is based on the the archive of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group (YVBSG) and the findings of local historian, the late Isobel Jenkins.

It will be held at Middleham Key Centre on Tuesday 17 October at 2pm

Special focus will be given to Coverdale where Isobel Jenkins lived and to the buildings recorded there during the 2009 YVBSG conference which she helped David Cook organise.

After a brief analysis of the methodology behind the selection of houses and buildings, David will look at the development of plan form houses. Understanding plan form can help us interpret the development of these houses and their associated buildings.

Born in Barnsley, David now lives in Durham and has studied vernacular buildings for over 30 years. He was chair of YVBSG for 10 years and is now the group’s archivist and was responsible for digitisation of the entire YVBSG archive of over 1,900 reports. He is currently focussed on recording buildings for the YVBSG South Yorkshire project.

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