Summer Excursions 2018

508th Excursion

Wednesday June 6th

Visit to the Leeds Discovery Centre


Time: 11am

Place: The Discovery Centre, off Carlisle Road, Leeds LS10 1LB

Cost : £1.75.payable on the day

Guide: Gemma Pollard and Ian Martin

The Discovery Centre is located behind The Armouries and houses a huge collection of treasures not on display in the Leeds Museums. Many artefacts from the Thoresby Society Collection are now here and this is an opportunity to explore what the centre has and to see items that were once in our collection.

There is limited parking. Refreshments will be available at a small charge



509th Excursion

Sunday July 8th

Visit to Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, Lancashire


Time: 9.15 Coach pickup point in Leeds, Lower Briggate under the railway bridge.
          9.35 Alwoodley Park and Ride, King Lane.

Cost: £14 to include entrance and coach ( National Trust Member £10)

Room guides are available and very knowledgeable

Gawthorpe Hall is a stunning Elizabethan/Jacobean Country House on the Banks of the River Calder. It originated as a Pele Tower built by the Shuttleworths in the 14th C as a defence against the Scots and was remodelled in 1600-5. Colonel Richard Shuttleworth, who was a leading Parliamentarian in the English Civil, lived here for 60 years. Janet Shuttleworth inherited in 1816 aged 4 months and in 1842 married Sir James Kay of Rochdale who added the Shuttleworth name to his. They commissioned Sir Charles Barry to remodel the House…he designed the Houses of Parliament and Highcere (tv’s Downton Abbey) to which it bears more than a passing resemblance. Regular visitors were Mrs Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte both of whom corresponded with the Kay-Shuttleworths.

Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth was a physician and social reformer. He wrote the Moral and Physical condition of the Working classes in England in 1844 and was involved in setting up the first teacher training college in London. His son, Ughtred, served in Gladstone’s Government. Two of his grandsons were killed in the First World War and a third, his successor, was killed in the Battle of Britain. Another lost a leg and his other was left paralysed There will be an exhibition about the Kay Shuttleworth family’s war time connections and tragedies.

There is an important collection of textiles, the finest outside the V and A, amassed by Rachel Kay Shuttlewoth, the last resident of Gawthorpe Hall, who died in 1967 and the family gifted the House to the National trust in 1970.

Apart from the beautiful interior there are formally laid out gardens and woodland walks. You are advised to bring a packed lunch as the café is small.


510th Excursion

Sunday July 29th

Walk in the Footsteps of Maurice Beresford


Time: 11 am.

Place: 28 Bus terminus in Sir George Martin Drive

Guide: John Chartres

John will lead us from Stairfoot Lane, Adel, to the Moor and beyond looking at the Industrial Heritage of Meanwood Beck, finishing in Town. There will be much to see and talk about! There will be various dropout points.

You should wear stout shoes and bring sandwich lunch, but walk is expected not to exceed 3 hours,



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