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Old School built 1872

Aerial view 1960's

Aerial view 1970's

Blacksmiths shop

Chapel schoolroom

History Society


NORTH DUFFIELD CONSERVATION AND LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY was formed in the early 1980's by a group of local residents who wished to research the history of the village and to conserve the rural way of life. The Society has existed through local self funding, however a National Lottery grant was awarded in 2011 which allowed the Society to branch out into archaeological fieldwork.

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On this site you will find:

An archive of photographs both old and more recent (copies can be supplied at a small charge);

Details of the activities of the Society;

Minutes of its meetings;

Access to guidance and resources of interest to other community based history and archaeology groups such as test pit surveys, digitising of drawings for archaeological reports etc;

Events and Projects.

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Dr Melanie Giles(3rd Left) visited the dig in 2014 and helps with interpretation of the features.

Dr Giles is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Manchester University, author, TV personality and acknowledged expert on the Iron Age in East Yorkshire.


For students of local history or anyone with a Foggathorpe connection. John LEAKE , a Selby resident these past 50 years, has returned to his roots to write the history of his native village entitled ’Foggathorpe’ – a History of Village Life.

According to Dr David Neave the East Yorkshire author and historian, it is a fascinating history of village life going back to the Tudor times.

Available in hardback @ £15.95  ( Proceeds for ‘Macmillan’) at

Selby Library

The Black Swan, Foggathorpe

Chappelow’s in Howden

John, himself, on 01757 700497

(Postage and packing £3)

Following the end of our Heritage Lottery funded  project, a book entitled "North Duffield: Archaeology and the Community” (ISBN 978-1-904446-64-4- Quacks the Printers , York) edited by myself, is released for sale at a price of £12.50. All proceeds from sales of the book will go towards future activities of Archaeology North Duffield. Copies can be obtained from me, Brian Elsey and will be available at all future History Society events and meetings  or by contacting me at or 01757 288939 . Copies can sent out by post if required at an extra cost of £2.50 to cover postage and packing.

“Two baby blackbirds in a nest on the loom in the roundhouse has meant thatching is on hold for about two weeks!”!