Monday, February 05, 2007

31st March: Hildenley Quarries – Kirkham Priory and Medieval Malton

SPAB Regional Group visit. Hildenley near Malton will be the first of our quarry visits for 2007. The quarry has been worked if not from Roman times at least from the 12th century when Walter l’Espec used the stone to build Kirkham Priory.

Hildenley Limestone in its pure form is a fine grained white porcellaneous limestone with chert bands and forms part of the surrounding Malton Oolite and Hambleton Oolite Late Jurassic landscape. Hildenley was last worked in the mid 1800’s to supply the interior of South Dalton Church (1858-61) but could be re-opened subject to local planning controls.

We meet 10.00am at Kirkham Priory and after a short introduction by English Heritage travel to Hildenley where Richard Myerscough from the Ryedale Vernacular Building Materials Research Group will guide us through the numerous quarry workings. Edward Freedman from the North York Moors NPA and Emma Woodland from Ryedale DC will also be available to enlighten us on the development controls now affecting the possible re-opening of local quarries such as Hildenley.

We travel then to Malton where an optional pub lunch will be arranged for those that wish to participate. (Parking available at Ryedale House, Old Malton Road)

We reconvene at 2.30pm. when Nigel Copsey SPAB member and consultant stonemason to the Fitzwilliam (Malton) Estates will take us on a tour of the vaulted undercrofts of medieval Malton. Nigel will include on his tour examples of conservation and repair involving the use of local stone.

Further information and booking form £6.00 (not including lunch) from Ray Wilson. e-mail

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