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Property From Prominent York Figure To Be Auctioned

A collection of furniture, antiques, fine art, and books belonging to a notable figure of York’s cultural and heritage scene are to be sold in a single-owner sale at Tennants Auctioneers. The Selected Contents of Knavesmire Lodge, York from the Estate of the Late Mr Darrell Buttery MBE will be sold on 11th November, Day 1 of Tennants’ Autumn Fine Sale.

Darrell Buttery (1941-2022) was an inspiring teacher, a writer, and a champion of the civic heritage of the city he made his home.

Born in Guisborough, he first became enthralled with history and heritage at a young age, when visiting York and its churches when his father was the manager of a cinema in the city. After leaving Guisborough Grammar School, Buttery studied English at Durham University before taking up a career in education teaching English Literature. After his first post at Ashville College in Harrogate, he went on to become the Head of English at Wootton Bassett School before returning to Yorkshire to teach at Nunthorpe Grammar School, Queen Mary’s School near Thirsk, and Pocklington School.

Over the decades Buttery built up an extraordinary depth of knowledge of the history of his beloved York. His dedication to preserving the historic sites of the city led him to join and hold positions in numerous cultural organisations, including becoming Chairman and President of the York Civic Trust, Chairman of York Georgian Society, Governor of York’s Company of Merchant Adventurers, as well as becoming a Conservative member for Harrogate Borough Council.

An engaging public speaker with a sharp wit, he fought vociferously numerous planning applications that would despoil York’s important historic sites.

As a collector, he filled his Georgian villa overlooking York Racecourse with art and antiques, seeking out pieces linked with York, and as an author published works including ‘The Vanished Buildings of York’ (1984), ‘Picture of York Minster from 17th Century to the Present’ (2007), and the co-authored ‘The Streets of York: Four Centuries of Change’ (2018).

Darrell Buttery was a Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, was appointed MBE in 2018 and is remembered by all who knew him as a deeply kind and courteous man with impeccable manners and a ready wit, who was unceasing in his fight to preserve the many wonders of York.

Amongst the items now up for auction are a good selection of leather-bound books, with a focus on York’s history, a carved oak bust of St James, possibly French, 17th century, an 18th century ebony veneered table clock by Thomas Parr of London, and an early 19th century staved oak and brass-bound rum barrel.

An interesting selection of paintings include a 17th century Portrait of Lady Gertrude Pierpoint by the Studio of Sir Peter Lely and a 17th/18th century Portrait of a Gentleman by the Circle of Charles Jervas.

The sale will be on view to the public at Tennants Auctioneers’ Leyburn salerooms from 6th – 10th November.

Successful Events Celebrate Anne Lister’s Legacy

People from across the world have taken part in a programme of events in Calderdale to celebrate the life and legacy of Anne Lister.

Thursday 22 September 2022 marked 182 years since the death of Anne Lister. To commemorate this anniversary, a variety of events were held across Calderdale as part of the Anne Lister Memorial Weekend.

Anne, who lived from 1791 to 1840, was a remarkable woman: landowner, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar, traveller, and lesbian. Her fascinating diaries of over five million words detailed her life, loves, health, business interests and politics and her story became world-famous through Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO series, Gentleman Jack.

The Memorial Weekend was a huge success and the borough welcomed visitors from all over the UK, as well as from as far away as the USA and Australia. The programme of events provided opportunities for visitors to celebrate Anne’s life and reflect on her legacy.

Highlights included:

  • A sell-out talk at the Industrial Museum in Halifax, by the historian and editor/transcriber of the diaries of Anne Lister, Helena Whitbread. This focused the spotlight on the fascinating Eliza Raine, Anne’s first girlfriend.
  • A well-attended special memorial service at Halifax Minster on the Friday evening
  • A number of popular heritage walks, including one by local historian and editor/transcriber of Anne Lister’s diaries Jill Liddington, also a special visit to Anne Lister’s Lower Brear, and chance to see inside Lightcliffe Tower and the memorials it contains, including Ann Walker’s newly restored plaque.
  • A fascinating talk by local historian David Glover at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax. This looked at the immediate aftermath of Anne’s death and how this affected Ann Walker’s future and that of Shibden Hall.

Visitors also took the opportunity to lay flowers at the Anne Lister statue in the Piece Hall courtyard on the Saturday morning. Many also enjoyed trips to Bankfield Museum and Anne’s former home, Shibden Hall as part of their weekend.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Cllr Jane Scullion, said: “Anne Lister’s life may not have been especially long, but it was incredibly full. The impacts of her legacy continue to be felt across the globe, thanks in no small part to the worldwide success of the series, Gentleman Jack.”

“The Anne Lister Memorial Weekend was another opportunity for people to come together and celebrate Anne’s life, as well as delve deeper into her fascinating history.”

“The focus is now turning once again to the annual celebrations for Anne Lister’s birthday, in April. Many who attended the memorial weekend are already talking excitedly about coming back to Calderdale in 2023 and we’re looking forward to welcoming them.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said: “We’ve received some amazing feedback from those who attended events for the Anne Lister Memorial Weekend.”

“I’m delighted that so many of our cultural venues were involved in the programme, hosting a variety of events including talks, displays and exhibitions. Shibden Hall was especially busy as visitors took the opportunity to see Anne’s former home.”

“The popularity of events like this highlight the growing appeal of our distinctive heritage and cultural attractions, exemplified by our CultureDale brand, showcasing the varied experiences available in the borough.”

Restoration of Spurn Lightship Reaches Final Phase

Hull’s Spurn Lightship is to receive a new coat of paint as it reaches the final stages of restoration.

The Spurn Lightship played a key role in Hull’s maritime industries by guiding vessels as they navigated the Humber estuary, one of the world’s most treacherous waterways and even today river pilots are required to guide ships in and out.

The Spurn Lightship is a year into its restoration and is now being painted back to its original colour of black, the paint will be applied using airless paint machine and sprayed on.

In June, the lightship was shotblasted alongside the Arctic Corsair, removing decades of dirt and old paint. New layers of primer have since been added to protect it from corrosion and now it is ready for a final layer of paint.

All work being done on both the Spurn Lightship and the Arctic Corsair is being planned with the maximum longevity and preservation possible. The Spurn Lightship will be painted in specialist paint designed for the environment it will be berthed in and is intended to last for 25 years.

Below the waterline the lightship will be a highly specified red, antifouling paint to inhibit plant growth, along with metal anodes which are added to prevent corrosion.

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The restoration of one of Hull’s cherished vessels has reached a significant milestone.
“It is exciting to see the Spurn Lightship receive new paintwork as the finishing touches take place. The lantern and light are also being repaired and once this is complete, the lightship will return to a temporary spot in Hull Marina while work is completed to the permanent wet berth.”

“It’s great to see the Spurn Lightship given a new lease of life for the residents of Hull and visitors alike to learn more about its role in navigating vessels along the Humber estuary.”

The Spurn Lightship will return to a temporary berth on Hull Marina in the coming months for people to view from the shore, while work to the permanent wet berth at the new location takes place. The installation of objects and fit out will get underway in preparation for the opening.

Funding for the wet berth on Hull Marina has been provided for by National Highways. National Highways manages four designated funds, allocated by the Government, to deliver benefits above and beyond building, maintaining and operating England’s strategic roads.

The lightship is expected to open to visitors in summer 2023, near Murdoch Connection and the Holiday Inn.

The restoration of the Spurn Lightship is part of Hull Maritime, a major regeneration project funded by Hull City Council and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Other elements include the restoration of the Arctic Corsair, the creation of a new visitor attraction at North End Shipyard and the transformational refurbishment of Hull Maritime Museum and Dock Office Chambers.

Early Neolithic Skulls Discovered In Craven Cave

A fruitful partnership between Craven Museum at Skipton Town Hall and the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society has succeeded in adding new knowledge to the prehistory of the Yorkshire Dales.

The society’s Dates in Drawers project paid for the scientific dating of a skull from one of three bodies excavated in 1889 and in the care of Craven Museum, from Elbolton Cave, near Grassington. In 1973 the burials were estimated to be Early Bronze Age, but a more recent assessment in 2013 speculated that they might be of Early Neolithic date.

The result, which puts the skull as dating from 3947 to 3764 BC, clarifies the date of all three of the near-complete crouched burials. Carefully interred in crude stone cists within the cave, they show possible evidence of ‘excarnation’: the bodies had been allowed to be partly eaten by wolves or foxes before burial.

The new date firmly establishes the burials as Early Neolithic — long before the earliest earthworks at Stonehenge, for example. This is of particular interest due to the evidence for early ritual treatment and adds greater certainty to our knowledge about the early prehistoric use of Elbolton Cave, and to the archaeology of Yorkshire caves generally.

Craven Museum Lead Jenny Hill said: “It has been fantastic to have the opportunity to gain scientific evidence that firmly places the Elbolton Cave finds in the Neolithic period. This knowledge is very important for the history of Craven and the wider Yorkshire area. Working with the Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society on this project has been very rewarding and I hope similar projects continue across the region.”

The Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society President, David Asquith, was delighted with the result. “I think this shows what local initiative and targeted support can do,” he said. “Thanks to Jenny’s enthusiasm the society is building a great partnership with Craven Museum and we look forward to similar productive projects with other Yorkshire museums.”

The skulls are on permanent display at Craven Museum alongside other items discovered in the cave. Entry is free.