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The Story of Schools
The Dales Countryside Museum currently has an excellent exhibition put together by The Nash in Hawes about the history of schools in the Upper Dales. It is a multimedia event with lots of wonderful images from in the past, exhibits, recordings of local people’s memories and a short film. Standard adult entry to the museum is £4.80 and visitor slots can be booked on 01969 666210. The exhibition ends on July 18th.
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News Record: 134     Updated: 17-06-2021 13:06:17

Conclusions about the Swaledale Dykes by Alan and Judith MIlls
In spite of being threatened with an AGM, some 40 members joined us online last Tuesday for Alan Mills' talk about the Swaledale Dykes. Alan and Judith have reviewed all the available evidence and brought it together to form some interesting conclusions.
The dykes, clearly visible in the Swaledale landscape, have been the object of many academic theories and much informed speculation. Fieldhouse and Jennings suggested a series of Romano-British fortifications against the Romans. Andrew Fleming's theory was that they were the boundaries of the Early-Medieval Kingdom of Swaledale. Grigg 's view was that they were Early-Medieval route-blocking structures. Ainsworth, Gates and Oswald set their origins in the Bronze Age.
SWAAG has conducted two digs on the dykes, one in 2012 led by Tim Laurie and supervised by ASDU, and a second in 2016 led by Rob Nicholson and supervised by YDNPA. Both reports are available on this website.
Alan and Judith note that the dykes "look like" Early Medieval but that place name history and pollen analysis suggest an earlier phase, possibly as early as 300BC. This leads them to conclude that the Grinton-Fremington Dykes were most probably originally constructed between the late Iron Age and 800AD, perhaps as a defensive structure or maybe just as a statement of land ownership. They were then supplemented in the mid-10th Century by the High Harker dykes to defend the local Anglo-Saxon / Hiberno-Norse population from incursions from the south and southeast.
Many thanks to Chairman Dave Brooks for keeping the AGM on track and mercifully short and to Alan and Judith for this very interesting new addition to our understanding of the history of Swaledale.
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News Record: 133     Updated: 12-06-2021 12:39:49

SWAAG AGM and the Swaledale Dyke System Revisited
Our next members' meeting will take place online at 7pm on Tuesday, June 8th when we will hold our AGM, and SWAAG founder member Alan Mills will speak about the Swaledale Dyke system. Alan had an article on the subject published in Forum, the journal of CBA Yorkshire in January this year.
If you're on our Regulars list then Mike will send you a link to this talk as usual. Anyone else wishing to join us should email me asap on
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News Record: 132     Updated: 26-05-2021 12:55:52

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