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West Yorkshire Group 2022


Wednesday 23 February at the Leeds Library in Commercial Street. Attendance live or by Zoom.

6.30 p.m. start for refreshments. All members welcome.

7pm Linda O’Carroll will give a short talk on Catherine Mawer, Leeds Sculptor, and the Mawer Group in West Yorkshire. Linda will introduce us to the work of this tight-knit, complex and vibrant group of decorative sculptors, and illustrate her talk with examples of their work in Leeds Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Bradford, and throughout Yorkshire.

7.45pm. Business Meeting. Agenda to follow, with further details on joining arrangements. Booking Is advisable, [email protected]

Our walks this spring will begin with two very different Yorkshire towns:

Saturday 12th March 2-4pm Walking Tour of Ilkley. This will be led by Alex Cockshott, vice chair of Ilkley Civic Society, and will include a Norman Shaw church, as well as villas by Cuthbert Broderick, Norman Shaw, Thomas Ambler and T.S Hope. Starts at the Railway Station and will finish at the Town Hall opposite. Some steep walking, so wear stout shoes.£5

Saturday 30th April 2-4pm. Central Batley. Our tour of the “shoddy capital” will begin at the Zion Chapel in Commercial Street, now the Central Methodist Church, by Michael Sheard and Walter Hanstock (1869) with its ‘fine and complete interior’. We will be joined by Val Asquith, local historian. We will continue around the Victorian Market Place. With its row of listed shops, Carnegie Library, Town Hall, Public Baths and former Technical School, this is a well preserved and unusually intact hidden gem. The walk will continue to the 15th century Parish Church of All Saints (restored 1872-3), by Walter Hanstock, and to Blakeridge Mills and the Cemetery.£5

And we will then visit two residential areas of workers’ housing, again very different

Saturday 21 May 2-4pm Akroydon. Led by David Glover, Calderdale Heritage Guide and vice chair of Halifax Civic Trust. This walk will begin at the Bankside Museum, Halifax, once the home of Colonel Edward Akroyd, and continue to the fascinating model village of Akroydon. Colonel Akroyd commissioned these artisans’ dwellings, in a village setting, designed by George Gilbert Scott and taken over by W.H Crossland, and added the ‘stateliest’ church by Scott (1856-9). Scott said of All Souls, “It is on the whole my best church”, and the walk will conclude there.£5

Saturday 30 July 2-4pm The Harehills Triangle, Leeds. Led by Joanne Harrison, architect and architectural historian, a tour of this historic area of back-to-backs will begin at the corner of Harehills road and Lambton Grove, by M&T Autos. For all those inspired by Joanne’s lecture, or curious to know more about our unique Northern heritage. £7

Details of all walks will be sent out nearer the time. Please book, [email protected] as places will be limited, and to receive joining details.