b'Bishop Wiltons Weaving IndustryAn extract from an article in The Hull Times, April 23, 1938- about Quarton Adamson - Recollections of Bishop Wiltons Veteran CricketerE leven years after the exciting summer of 1927part of Yorkshire. when Bishop Wiltons veteran cricket team hit theHe describes how the line was pulled and the headlines, Quarton Wilkinson was the last survivingpith or hemp extracted from the straw by means of member when he was interviewed by the Hull Timeswooden knives. The seed was separated at the same in 1938. In a very interesting article that ranges overtime and this was sent away to make linseed oil and many historical topics, he talks about weaving in thethe refuse went to make cattle cakes, and he recalls, village: as a youth, pulling it on his fathers farm at Kexby and Turning to the changed condition of villagehelping to take it to Elvington, where it was loaded on life, Bishop Wilton is today described as a purelyboats for Selby. agricultural village, but Mr Adamson relates how atThe weaving industry flourished at Bishop Wilton one time it had its foundry which found employmentfor many years, but gradually passed into the hands for several men and it also had a flourishing weavingof the larger firms who were equipped with machinery, industry where calico sheets were made from hempand so, like many other rural industries, the weavers obtained from line which was extensively grown in thatof Bishop Wilton passed out. Backgarden Archaeology at No. 11Part 1Mike & Kate PrattQuestions, questionsIt is said by the experts that Bishop Wilton is a planned village meaning that it was laid out in a regular way at some time in the past. But when?A village or settlement that is concentrated at one spot in the landscape is called nucleated and it is thought that it didnt happen by chance. But when did it happen?Is one part of the village older than any other?During the course of local history discussion and investigation a lot of questions like these arise. Some can be answered by consulting historical records. Some can be answered by studying the landscape. Some can be answered by scrutinising aerial photographs. But when all that fails it can help to look underground . The outline of the village formed by the Backgarden Archaeology surrounding lanes.It was exciting to realise that we could be living over the answers to some of our pressing questions. At last we didnt have to wait for archaeological excavations to be done elsewhere in the village, we could dig up our own garden!By coincidence, we decided to start digging when the Time Team archaeological programme on Channel 4 was having a national Big Dig with people being encouraged to do it themselves. We decided to open our first test pit on the last day of the Big Dig week in 2003. Little did we know where it would lead and how obsessed we would become!Test Pit 1 Time Team Test Pit: 1 metre square & up to 60 cm For our first test pit we chose a spot where theredeepidentify finds by layerBULLETIN 8 127'