Did You Know..?
Leather, together with wool and wood, was one of the three indispensable items in
common usage and manufactured locally throughout the medieval and pre industrial
eras. The production of leather was a lengthy process and required the use of much
water and oak bark. The tannery at Knottingley was situated at the edge of the common,
where wasteland trees and streams provided a natural resource for processing hide
and in a location where the noxious smell of the process of manufacture would be
at maximum distance from the local inhabitants.
From Terry Spencer's 'Field Systems and Place Names of Old
|As you are no doubt aware, the
Knottingley website contains an immense amount of published
material and it is clear that many people don't have the time or
inclination to read through pages and pages of information which
often contain a lot of references that are of little interest to
them. With that in mind, in this section of the
Knottingley website you will find a list of subjects from which
I have taken the most important facts and other relevant items
of interest and compiled them together in list format. It
is from lists similar to this that our online quiz has been
compiled so the articles we will be publishing here should be of
assistance to you when attempting our quiz.