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New home for YAHS

The Society has recently completed the sale of its former premises at Claremont, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds and now has an office at Joseph's Well (see footer for address and  Contacts section for details of other ways to get in touch). Please note that the office is not open every day, so it is strongly recommended that you contact the Society with any queries you may have by email or telephone in the first instance.



Wakefield Court Rolls Volume 19 is Now in Print

Wakefield Court Roll 19Published in the fortieth year of our long-running series, volume 19 of the Wakefield Court Rolls series is now in print. This the manorial court roll for 1781-1782, ably edited for publication by David Scriven.

By the later eighteenth century, a great amount of information is available from a wide variety of sources to supplement the information available in the court roll. Likewise, a great deal of information is now available in the court roll to add to the information which is already known from other historical sources.

David Scriven has researched extensively to bring all this information together, and with great effect, in his wide-ranging introduction and in the seventeen pages of notes to the text of the roll.

The series has now published four manorial court rolls from this period. Volume 10 (1994) was an edition of the rolls for 1790-1791 and 1791-1792, and volume 16 (2014) was an edition of the roll for 1812-1813.

In 2011, the UK National Commission of UNESCO added the Wakefield manorial court rolls to its Register of the Memory of the World, in recognition of the major importance which these records possess for the history of this country.

Over the last four decades, the Wakefield Court Rolls series has come to be recognised as being ‘in the vanguard of raising awareness of the richness of manorial court records ’ , in the words of Professor Angus Winchester in 2012. It is an achievement of which the YAS can justly feel proud.

This court roll has an obvious importance for the history of this central swathe of the West Riding, and the volume will also be of interest for anyone engaged in researching their family history, as the fourteen pages of personal names listed in the index show.

Details of how to obtain a copy of the new book will be found in the YAS website in the Publication section. The website can also tell you how to buy any of the earlier volumes in the series, or how to become a subscriber.

The Wakefield manorial records have now been transferred, along with the other archives of the society and the library, to the special collections department of the University of Leeds Library, under our new partnership agreement. There they can now be consulted, as they have been at Claremont, by members of the society and members of the public.



YAS Excursions for 2017

Full details of these outings can be found here or in the news archive


Tuesday 11th April 2017

A day at Cromford Mills, Derbyshire with a guided tour. Cost £10.

The visit involves a personalised tour of this world heritage site, starting at 10.30 am with the main mill complex and the Arkwright Audio-Visual Experience, which demonstrates how Sir Richard Arkwright founded his industrial empire by pioneering the world’s first successful cotton-spinning mill to be powered by water. Lunch if required is available in the on-site cafe, with plenty for people to see and enjoy at their own pace, to make this a very full and interesting day. For details of the site see https://www.cromfordmills.org.uk/.


Download details and Booking forms


Trip about which further details will be supplied in due course

Thursday 8th June 2017

Morning guided tour of the English Heritage, Helmsley Archaeological Store. Free of
charge but maximum 20 members (individual donations welcome from attendees).
Followed by lunch at Ampleforth Abbey, and a guided tour of the abbey church there.

Look out for more information nearer the time of this trip.

Enquiries to yas.excursion@gmail.com.