For many years there has been some research and talk about a historic Bishop's Palace in the village.  The BMLHG decided to take this a little further now that there is more technology to assist in studies of this type.  We obtained the services of Tony Hunt (of the Yorkshire Archaeological Aerial Mapping organisation who recently undertook a drone survey of likely areas using LIDAR(Light Detection & Ranging).  The Pictures looked more than interesting and can be seen by clicking on Pictures (left menu bar).

This was then followed up by a special meeting for members of the BMLHG & Parish Council on Thursday 9th January where we gave an overview of the site and our options. We had talks from Tony Hunt  who is Chairman of the Yorkshire branch of the British Council for Archaeology and from Dave Went, who is an archaeologist from English Heritage. We have been given permission to put these an the website along with Chris Bagnall's introduction.

Chris Bagnall's introduction covered the background to the requested drone survey since there are various historic references to a Palace in the village (with links to the Archbishop of York). Besides, the name of the village might be a "give away"!  To see his PowerPoint presentation click below (and then maximise, the bottom right little box for a full screen)


Tony Hunt then took us through a logical progression from 
  • what we already know, 
  • what patterns we should be looking for (based on other known sites), 
  • looking at elevation profiles from the drone mapping which can differentiate say between likely buildings (and boundary workings) as opposed to water courses/storage (fish ponds for example)
  • with our site clearly indicating underground patterns suggesting plenty of "water based" areas (where we initially thought was the most likely building indicators!), much Ridge & Furrow ploughing (from the middle ages) which probably surrounded an important building, possibly a little to the west of where we had thought.
Tony then outlined various ways in which we could investigate the site further since he felt there was sufficient of interest and known sites are fairly rare across the country.  His PowerPoint slides can be seen below (remember to maximise!)


Dave Went's presentation started with mapping of the village, historical and then superimposing known structures and watercourses on more recent maps together with the underground outlines provided by the drone survey.  Much seemed to 'fall into shape' particularly when the overground mapping pictures were considered along side. The final picture was showing earthworks linked to different type of structures.  His PowerPoint slides can be seen below (again maximise!).

The overall conclusion was very positive and exciting. The next steps will be decided in the coming weeks as there are probably many parties that should be involved.