The Pontefract Walk-Wandering Through Time

Ref: C3671612

This is an opportunity to take a leisurely walk with an archaeologist through some of the historic sites of Pontefract. From Anglo Saxons to an important Medieval Market Town and Castle to Georgian, Victorian and early 20th century citizens we will be able to chat about them all. We will start at Str Giles Church and if you wish to stay after we return you will be welcome to stop for lunch and chat further to Jon Kenny or other walkers.

Additional information about this course

Enquiries to Trish Hollies 01977 703196 Easy walking through the town led by Community Archaeologist J Kenny exploring the historic landscape. Lunch afterwards in the church café on a pay what you can if you can basis. Booking advisable -places limited booking required on line or phone or by contacting Trish Meet outside the church

Course aim

The course aim is to introduce the historic landscape of Pontefract through a leisurely walk around town with an archaeologist.

Who is the course for?

There is no need for any experience, we will walk at a leisurely pace but you do need to be happy to walk and stand as we take our stroll. The route follows the streets so we are wheel chair friendly.

What topics will this course cover

The walk will: Allow us to take some leisurely exercise whilst listening and chatting about the history of Ponefract. As we walk and observe the buildings and landscape of Pontefract we will talk about: Early Anglo Saxon Pontefract. The arrival of the Normans and the De Lacy family. The growth of the Castle Monasteries and Churches. Creating a market town. The end of the Castle and Monasteries. The rebirth of a new Pontefract - Georgians and Victorians. 20th Century Pontefract.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Discuss the position of the town and castle of Pontefract of a hill or ridge. Understand the way that in important family like the de Lacys' dominated the landscape. Recognise the signs that a building may be of a late medieval date. Spot the architecture of the Georgian buildings of Pontefract. Discuss the growth of civic pride in Pontefract.

How will I know I'm making progress?

You will know you are making progress because you will feel free to add your thoughts to the talk as we walk.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

You need to wear comfortable shoes and wear comfortable clothing appropriate to the weather.

Reading and information sources

If you have books about Pontefract already have a read beforehand, or if you have tales to tell about Pontefract be prepared to tell us all about them.

What could the course lead to?

If you enjoy this kind of activity and learning you may want to attend more WEA courses.

Download full course outline

The Pontefract Walk-Wandering Through Time Course Outline


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