Period: Modern

Syncretism through the ages

Syncretism, the amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought, has its roots in the ancient world.

The growth of Christianity 50AD – 1100AD

We look at the development of Christianity from 50AD to 1100AD in both the broader European context and also for the people of Brigantia.

Cobscar Smelting Mill Chimney, Redmire, Wensleydale

The tall chimney on the moor near Redmire is connected to the Cobscar Smelting Mill, which was part of the lead mining industry that once thrived in the area. The chimney served a crucial role in the smelting process by exhausting poisonous lead gases away from the mill.

Agricultural practices through time

Prehistoric Yorkshire is a landscape rich with history, revealed through various archaeological finds that offer a glimpse into the ancient past. The oldest evidence of human activity in this region dates back to around 125,000 years ago, but it is the later periods, particularly the Iron Age, that have yielded significant discoveries related to ploughing and farming.

The walled gardens of Brigantia

This report introduces walled gardens and the concept that they are an attempt to create a paradise on earth, in accordance with a long history of religious and spiritual thought that played a significant role in shaping our relationship with nature, and the design of high status estates.

The Percy Family

By Wikimandia - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The Percy family, Earls of Northumberland, were influential figures, with their ancestral seat at Alnwick Castle providing a power base in the north.

The Rocket, Pepperpot and Gate Follies and sorrounding earthworks – West Witton

This area of Wensleydale has quite a significant number of follies, and not far from The Temple Folly, we have three more; a rocket ship, a giant pepper pot and a gate, or guillotine, and stand just over the road from Park Hall.

The Temple Folly – Wensleydale

The Temple Folly, an 18th-century Grade II listed structure, stands as a testament to the architectural whimsy of the period. Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, this folly is situated on the north side of the road from Leyburn to Hawes, near West Witton.

The Scrope family

The Scrope family, of Norman origin, first rose to prominence in 14th-century England. The story begins with Robert le Scrope, the earliest documented ancestor, who established the family’s connection to the noble Gant family in the 12th century.

Bolton Hall, Wensleydale

Bolton Hall, a stately country house in the Yorkshire Dales, has a rich history that intertwines with the broader narrative of the region. The current Bolton Hall was constructed in the late 17th century, specifically in 1678, for Charles Paulet, the 1st Duke of Bolton, as a reward from King William III for his support during the Glorious Revolution.

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