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The former Pig Yard Club museum in Settle

Pitlamp

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Does anyone know exactly which building housed the Pig Yard Club archive of archaeological material in Settle? It was closely associated with the late and great Tot Lord. I'm sure I went in it as a teenage caver; I think it was on Chapel Street (the road that goes alongside the former police station (now converted into flats).
 

Alan Sp8

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It was at the top of Constitution Hill past the Co-op
"In 1948 he bought Townhead, a delapidated mansion overlooking Settle, and turned the ground floor into a museum, which included the finds from Victoria Cave, including those from the museum at Giggleswick School, which were in danger of being lost.
The house was knocked down and the land developed into the housing estate - Hence Townhead Way
 

Alan Sp8

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Forgot to add I went with Lugger when I was a NCC member back in 1965 walked up the hill to find the museum was closed - Tot Lord died in 1965 so I think it closed after Tots death
 

mikem

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Although the museum was in his house:
The Pig Yard Club originally wasn't:
& First display was in the schoolhouse:
Tot interview in 1948, saying they had to move the now too large collection again:
15 newspaper articles between 1938 & 1959 mention visits to the museum (10 of those before he moved into Townhead):
His collection is now apparently at:
 
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mikem

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Richard Whinray, one of his grandsons who wrote a book about Tot (link above), also organised a local walk - unfortunately this copy of the map isn't readable, but some of the pictures can be scrolled through at bottom right:

Chapel Street does take you up to the museum of north craven life, but that only opened in 2001
 
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Pitlamp

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Thanks for all those interesting replies.

Some time in the 1970s there was definitely a museum on Chapel Street (long before the Museum of North Craven Life). I visited it as a child and remember a display about a skeleton found in the clints somewhere at Borrins. I always assumed (since then) that this was the Pig Yard Club collection of material but could be wrong. (This particular museum closed a very long time ago.) I also have very vague memories of an attempt, for a few years, to resurrect the PYC museum; the Chapel Street premises was perhaps part of this initiative?

Town Head House looks to have been a magnificent building from a photo in the link MikeM gives above. Shame it was demolished. The replacement buildings don't look anywhere near as distinguished!

I must have a netter with Lugger or Tom Lord when our paths next cross.
 

mikem

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"The Museum of North Craven Life was founded in 1976 by the Settle and District Civic Society, then chaired by Alan Bennett."

This gives a contact address of 6/8 chapel Street a couple of years before they bought The Folly:

Came across this list of more recent displays: http://earthwise.bgs.ac.uk/index.php/Geology_in_Yorkshire's_museums
 
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Alan Sp8

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I remember the museum that Pitlamp recalls in the 70s - just a bit further up the street than Settle Watersports but on the opposite side of the road.
I found this mention "The Museum of North Craven Life was founded in 1976 by the Settle and District Civic Society, then chaired by Alan Bennett. This later developed into the North Craven Building Preservation Trust and the North Craven Heritage Trust, with the two organisations continuing to work closely together. So it might well have been the MoNCL back then
 

mikem

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From "The Yorkshire Dales Review Spring 1989" (museum is now at The Folly in Victoria Street):
In 1976 it formed a Building Preservation Trust as a separate limited company with charitable status to purchase and restore property, and in the following year the Museum of North Craven Life opened in a restored building in Victoria Street, Settle. This rapidly outgrew its space and in 1985 moved to become part of a larger North Craven Heritage Centre in 6-8 Chapel Street, Settle. Its present building is 17th century and was formerly a shop and two dwellings. Many of the original features have been retained and include a separate wash-house in the cobbled back yard which incporates a dated doorhead of 1685. It lies just a short distance from the Market Place and close to The Folly, an outstanding town house of 17th century date.
 

Pitlamp

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Thanks all. This is a bit more complicated than I'd thought!
Will have a stroll along Chapel Street next time I'm in Settle.
 
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