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Big support for Northallerton's hidden heritage

Published on Monday, 9th September 2019

Big support for Northallerton's hidden heritage

Over a hundred people flocked to Northallerton’s ‘hidden heritage’ yesterday (Sunday 8 September).

Members of the Northallerton and Villages Community Forum (NVCF) are working with Hambleton District Council on the possible creation of a heritage facility for the town and over the last month local residents have been checking their lofts, cupboards and garages for items that might be of interest for a facility.

More than 200 items have now been articled including a cigarette case made by an Italian prisoner of war at a Prisoner of War Camp on Stokesley Road in Northallerton which was made from aluminium from a plane that had crashed near the Green Tree Pub, a leather bound bible published in 1856 which was gifted to John Foggin, a local boy aged 11 and a quern stone dug up in a field in Brompton that could be from the Roman period.  

“The response to our call for artefacts has been incredible,” said Deputy Leader of Hambleton District Council, Councillor Peter Wilkinson.

“We now have a huge amount of information on record which we can use if we can provide a heritage centre for the town. And the number of people attending also showed the interest there is in the history of Northallerton and the surrounding area.  It was a very interesting day.”

And Peter Cole, Vibrant Market Towns Project Officer added, “We are now looking to make an archive of oral histories in partnership with North Yorkshire County Records Office and explore the options of digital displays and ‘pop-up’ exhibitions in town centre locations.”

Volunteers from Blue Sky Thinking (a charity in Bedale who support local good causes across the district using digital technology) photographed of all the items and there was a model re-enactment of the Battle of the Standard by the Brompton Bankers wargaming group.