that it had been a privilege to serve as president and also how much he enjoyed the meetings. Geoffrey Green said he was looking forward to the next twelve months but would find Chris a hard act to follow. Following the A.G.M. a short animated film was screened. Our next meeting is on Tuesday April 28th at 10 am. Our speaker is David Glover whose topic is ‘Halifax and the Slave Trade.’ Meetings are held at St.Judes Church Hall, Free School Lane, Halifax. New members welcome.
David Cant addressed Halifax Antiquarian Society on “Ships’ Timbers?” Several ancient buildings around the country lay claim to incorporating timbers from wooden ships. How many of these legends are true? The speaker, an expert on vernacular buildings, looked at the evidence. The rounded ‘cruck’ shape of some reused ancient timbers may have caused confusion as to their origins. ‘The Old White Beare’ at Norwood Green is said to include timbers from an Armada ship. The claims of ‘The Ship’ at Brighouse and ‘Dirty Dick’s’ at Halifax, to have timber from naval ships, can be authenticated. The speaker was thanked by Helen Bramley. The next Antiquarian lecture will be held at Halifax Central Library on Tuesday 21st May 7.30 p.m., when Anne Kirker will speak on “Mary Leyland: More than a Guiding Light.” Everyone is welcome.