Summer Excursions 2022

Walking Tour of colourful Kirkstall Sunday May 15th

Time: 2.30pm
Place: Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road. LS4 2DG
Buses 33 34 60Aireline. Unlimited free Parking
Walking distance: 2.5 miles
Cost : £12
Guide: Rachel Unsworth

Discover where dyeing, tanning, foundries and terraces used to be and what is there now. Waterfront locations near the old town centre were in short supply as industrialisation accelerated so the valley of the River Aire upstream towards Kirkstall was colonised by a range of businesses. Houses, Churches, libraries, schools, and businesses supplied the needs of the factory workers.

As we walk down Kirkstall, Road(new turnpike), and back up Burley Road(old turnpike) we’ll connect with the past and find out about transformation since the industrial heyday.
There are signs of past times, surprising new activities and many acres of land undergoing transformation or still awaiting a new purpose.

If you would like to meet up for lunch beforehand The Cardigan Arms (newly restored) is opposite Cardigan Fields Leisure Complex and beyond is Macdonalds is Manjit’s Kitchen.

West Yorkshire Archive Thursday June 16th, 2022

Time: 1.30pm
Place: West Yorkshire Archives,127 Kirkgate Wakefield WF1 1 JG
Parking (£2.50 charge)on Brunswick Street.
Blue badge parking on site
Nearest Train Station: Wakefield Kirkgate 5 mins walk.
Cost : £5

The visit will start with an introductory talk about the archives and what is available there. This will be followed by a look at some of the records . The Archive has a vast collection of material relating to the history of the West Riding of Yorkshire and its communities including Leeds going back to 1194 to the present day. This visit should be of great interest to local historians, family history researchers and the curious.

Barton on Humber Friday September 23rd

Our third excursion this year will be to Barton on Humber, on the Lincolnshire side of the Humber bridge.

We will visit the Wilderspin and National School Museum and the Anglo Saxon Church of St Peter.

Janet Douglas will give us a talk about Samuel Wilderspin (1791-1866) at the Museum where we will have a guided tour and lunch. Samuel Wilderspin was a pioneer in infant education and the education of the poor. He introduced the idea of the playground and many infant school teaching practices are still based on his ideas. The school in Barton is the last surviving School based on the Wilderspin Model and which he helped to design and equip. He travelled the country promoting his ideas. Janet will talk to us about his connection with Leeds.

We will have lunch at the Museum

Later in the afternoon we will visit the Anglo Saxon Church of St Peter’s. This is an architectural and archaeological treasure trove with over 2,800 burials. There is an interactive exhibition.

Date : Friday September 23rd

Time; 8.30 Alwoodley Park and Ride, King Lane
          8.45 Leeds coach pickup point. ?Sovereign Street?

Cost:£36 to include coach, entrance to the Museum and light lunch

Entrance to the Church is payable on the day £4.50 . No charge for English Heritage Members(bring your card)

Booking.: Online or by post. Payment must be made at the time of booking either by cheque or by BACs to the Thoresby Society.

Please download and complete the Booking Form and either return the form to Mrs Diane Taylor, 20 Nunroyd Road, Leeds LS17 6PF, with a cheque payable to the Thoresby Society, or by emailing Diane at, giving your name, email address and phone number. In this case you can pay by a bank transfer online, or by cheque or cash on the day of the excursion.