The Ryedale Vernacular Building Materials Research Group was formed in 2002 as a multi-disciplinary research forum to bring together groups, societies, institutions and individuals who have an interest in the vernacular and other buildings of North and East Yorkshire, and in particular the building stones and source quarries. The group aims to:

    • Survey, identify and record features of vernacular buildings in the study areas

    • Classify such buildings as High Status or Low Status

    • Identify and record the rock groups used in their construction

    • Relate building materials to local geology

    • Identify and record primary use and/or secondary reused Building Stones

    • Survey and record sites as potential RIGS (Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphologic Sites) or SSSI/SINCS (Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation)

    • Provide rock sample collections of local building stones for interested parties

    • Provide rock descriptions/identification for potential surveyors

    • Raise awareness of the geo-educational value of local building materials, including brick and tiles

    • Create a database of relevant publications and field reports for sites

From June 2010 the group was inactive, primarily due to the lack of a leader/co-ordinator, although individual members continue to research related areas independently. However, in June 2021 the decision was taken to relaunch the group with a different name and a slightly revised remit. If you are interested in joining the new group, please do get in touch via the Contact us page.

Proposed meetings

  • Vale of York Church Fabric Research - Thursday 10 March 2022 (in conjunction with Bridlington U3A Geoarchaeology Group and the Medieval Church Group). It is planned to visit churches at Aughton, Bubwith and Ellerton.

  • Chalk as a Building Material Research Day - Thursday 23 June 2022 (in conjunction with Bridlington U3A Geoarchaeology Group and Friends of the Chalk Tower). We will be visiting Flamborough Castle and the Chalk Tower to study their building stones as well as observing local houses and walls. Please park responsibly in Flamborough village and then walk to the Church for 10am (don't park outside the Church please). Lunch is your own or foraging in Flamborough. In the afternoon meet at 2pm at the Chalk Tower having parked in the Lighthouse Carpark (please do not park outside the Tower).