Discover the Heritage of Otley and District

Ref: C3671512

This course explores the development of Otley and the surrounding area. Most sessions will be indoors but two guided walks/site visits are also envisaged. Topics will include: The Wharfe Valley in Prehistoric and Roman times: prehistoric trackways, Roman roads, prehistoric monuments (e.g. Bull Stone, hut circles on Otley Chevin), Roman settlement in the locality Anglo-Saxon and Domesday Otley – place name evidence, Elmet and Craven, archbishop of York’s estates in Wharfedale, effects of Norman Conquest Medieval Otley – place name evidence, documentary sources, field systems, modern map evidence Tudors and Stuarts – effects of the dissolution of the Monasteries, development of gentry classes, Tudor/Jacobean housing boom Church and chapel; rise of non-conformity, Waterloo Churches, role of churches in social life Transport networks- pack horse routes, turnpikes, railways Victorian and early 20th century Otley – agriculture and industry, tourism, development of commuting

Course aim

To explore the physical, archaeological and written evidence for the region’s development To give students sufficient

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in the history of Otley and the surrounding area. No prior qualifications are necessary.

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

  • Identify some surviving features of the pre-Victorian landscape
  • Trace the development of Otley and the surrounding district
  • Identify those elements which contribute to the character of the town

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Two guided walks/site visits are also envisaged.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Feedback will be given verbally during the sessions and through the use of individual learning plans

What else do I need to know?

  • There is no set reading for this course. The sessions tend to focus on discussion, though some students may wish to bring pen and paper so they can take notes. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear will be necessary for the guided walks.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Discover the Heritage of Otley and District Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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