An historical treat at Forum

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Northallerton and District Local History Society, is combining with the British Association for Local History to stage a conference at Northallerton Forum on Saturday, September 29.

The title of the conference is The North Riding of Yorkshire in an Age of Transition 1750 – 1820 and the theme will be the economic and social changes of the period.

This period is significant in that it is typically referred to as the Agricultural Revolution.

North Yorkshire is a particularly interesting study in that it is regarded as an archetypal rural county, yet it has experienced substantial structural change, either from exploitation of its own natural resources or from the impact of capital generated from colonial trade.

The day will start with an introduction by Professor of Geography, Robin Butlin, to the Historical Atlas of North Yorkshire. followed by papers on the changing status of the market towns of Northallerton and Richmond. For more details log onto www.northyorkshistory.co.uk or contact NDLHS Secretary, John Sheehan, at jgsheehan@btinternet.com or 01609 771878.

A country house visit has been arranged for the Sunday; this will take place at Swinton Castle and will include further papers on the period.