An Extraordinary Place: Statement of Significance for the Vale of Pickering
Discover a treasure trove of information on the heritage value of the Vale of Pickering and its importance in the wider world. Called ‘A Statement of Significance for the Vale of Pickering’ a document commissioned by English Heritage and published in May 2012 draws together the many (and sometimes surprising) ways in which the Vale of Pickering is an important cultural landscape. You may know about Star Carr – one of the UK’s premier research sites for the Mesolithic period but did you know for instance that Brompton was the birthplace of aviation? Or that the Vale contains a remarkable density of Anglo-Saxon churches?
An accessible and well illustrated 16 page summary of the work called The Vale of Pickering – An Extraordinary Place Statement of Significance is a must-read. You will certainly be surprised at some of the remarkable attributes of this low-lying vale of North Yorkshire.
If you have time and inclination you should definitely download the full document, also richly illustrated with colour images. At 68 pages it is in places a quite learned document, aimed at planners and decision-makers, but the intelligent lay-person will find it a rich source of information gleaned from a wide consultation with many expert groups and organisations in the locality. You can read more about the Statement of Significance project here on the website of The Landscape Research Centre (plus a great deal more on the Archaeology of the Vale of Pickering). The LRC, based in Yedingham has spent nearly 40 years investigating the Vale. The LRC’s occasional blog is also well worth exploring.
The detailed statement of significance document (a little under 3Mb) can be downloaded in one click here (Held by North Yorkshire County Council but you will find it hard to find on their website – its listed under Multi-Disciplinary Landscape Scale Research ).