Tag Archive: Yorkshire

15th century Medieval Highland sword sells for £30,000 at auction after being discovered in a garage

A rusty 600-year-old sword used by Highlander mercenaries has sold for a whopping £30,000. The medieval weapon, believed to date from the 15th or 16th Century, originated in the Scottish Highlands. Only a few swords from the era survive, with most displayed in ancestral homes or museums. The sword was valued at £200 before being…

Medieval ring found in Cumbria classified as ‘treasure’

medieval-ring

A medieval ring found in a field has been categorised as treasure at an inquest in Kendal. The medieval gold finger ring found at Waitby, near Kirkby Stephen, was found by a metal detectorist in a well-preserved condition. The small, plain band is decorated with a stepped and bevelled rectangular gold bezel mounted with a…

£90,000 ‘rescue package’ for Yorkshire’s Crumbling Churches

St Martin

Some of Yorkshire’s most architecturally important – yet crumbling – churches have received grants towards urgent structural repairs. Charity the National Churches Trust has announced a £645,000 “rescue package” for 45 of the country’s most historic and community-minded churches, including six in Yorkshire. The six includes Grade I listed churches St Martin at Womersley, near…

Medieval painted churches in England and Wales

England and Wales are full of beautiful medieval churches. From the famous like Christ Church cathedral to the lesser-known like Dorchester Abbey, they offer breathtaking architecture and decoration, and since many are free, they make good budget travel destinations. Some even preserve fragile paintings from the Middle Ages, like this one photographed by Roger Rosewell,…

World famous Fountains abbey to host insight into late medieval life

Since it was founded in 1132, Fountains Abbey has been a place of pilgrimage for millions of people throughout the passing centuries. And visitors to the World Heritage site near Ripon are being given the chance to get an insight into what life would have been like had they arrived in the late medieval era….

First bullets ever fired in battle found in Yorkshire

Evidence of the first use of firearms on a British battlefield nearly 550 years ago has been uncovered. Bronze barrel fragments and very early lead shot were unearthed by a metal detectorist at the site of the 1461 battle of Towton in Yorkshire. The clash between Lancastrian king Henry VI and England’s first Yorkist king,…

Castle brings medieval times to life thanks to young ‘time travellers’

The medieval era is being brought to life at one of Yorkshire’s castles throughout this week. Visitors to Scarborough Castle are being given the chance to take a journey back through the ages to medieval England and take part in a host of different activities which are being staged at the cliff-top venue. Activity leaders…

Archaeologists say Hartlington Stones in Yorkshire Dales were Medieval furnaces

The Hartlington Stones could be evidence of mass medieval bakery Archaeologists believe a set of stones found 114 years ago in a sleepy Yorkshire Dales village may have been used as a furnace in a mass Medieval bakery. The Hartlington Stones, which were discovered in 1896 on a village green near Burnsall, were thought to…