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North Duffield Conservation and History Society


North Duffield Conservation and History Society were formed in the early 1980's and their main purpose was to maintain the character of the village, to research and record its history, to create an archive of old photographs and to record the memories of the older inhabitants.
North Duffield Primary School pupils field-walking
A small book on the history of the village was prepared and largely financed by its then members. It proved an instance success and several reprints later and much research has resulted in a new version of the villages history being under preparation. Huge amounts of extra information, documents, photographs and effort will, we hope, create a lasting and professional record of the village from, at least, Bronze Age times, until present.
Due to the expertise of some of our members, York Archaeological Trust has invited us to get involved in a land survey to explore the reasons for crop-marks appearing in some soil types and not others. In particular, we will be carrying out field-walking and geo-physical surveys at a point where the lacustrine silts and clays, the wind-blown sands and the alluvium of the Lower Derwent valley come together in a relatively small area conducive to access and known crop-marks.
members of Group with York Uni Students field-walking
The first event off the land survey has now taken place with a fieldwalk which failed to find any indication of human activity other than random scatter of relatively modern pottery,cbm,glass and artefacts from spread of nightsoil. About 25 members of the community and 28 local schoolchildren took part. The children later washed their finds thoroughly enjoying the process.
A second field has now been walked and an interesting scatter of Roman and Medieval pottery collected. Finds washing and sorting still taking place. The school children once again enthusiastically involved.

An ongoing catalogue of 'finds' from residents gardens is being prepared as a compliment to the study.
members of Group doing Resisitivity on the village green
Next events will be:-

Programme for the 2010/11 period is as follows:
Tues 16th November 2010 AGM followed by Carol Atkinsoin and 'The straw houses at Brind'
Tues 18th January 2011 Roy Cressey will talk on 'Yorkshire Shipping'
Tues 15th February 2011 Ian Richardson will give 'The history of Elvington Airfield'
Tues 15 th March 2011 Mr G Webb on Fairfax House, York
Tues 19th April-Dr Chris Tuckley on 'Jorvik- The Viking town of York'
ll meetings are in the village hall and start at 7.30pm
£2 entry for visitors , £1 for members with refreshments provided.
New members and guests are always welcome.
We are currently undertaking fgield-walking as part of our Land Survey and volunteers to help are urgently needed. Next walk 10.30am Sun 26th Sept Menthorpe Lane- 400 yards from A163 on left.


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