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20th February 2010

An expert on Yorkshire pinfolds who is member of Ripon Civic Society will give the groupís next talk, on Thursday 4 March.

Professor Martin Curzon has made a special study of pinfolds, which are places where stray livestock was impounded. They are an ancient part of village and town life, first mentioned in the 12th century. Yorkshire examples include Hunton near Richmond and Raskelf near Easingwold.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ĎWe are delighted that Martin is able to share his expertise with us, and to tell us about these often-overlooked but fascinating reminders of the past.í

The meeting takes place at Allhallowgate Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Grove, Ripon, on Thursday 4 March, starting at 7.30 pm. Non-members are welcome, at a charge of £2.00.

The April talk will be on Nicholas Hawksmoor, one of Britainís greatest architects and the designer of Riponís Market Square obelisk. It will be given by Dr Ann-Marie Akehurst, an architectural historian and member of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. It takes place on Thursday 8 April.

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