An introduction to drawing vernacular buildings

20 May 2018

This one-day course will show participants how buildings can be recorded, analysed and interpreted.

Vernacular buildings are the attractive houses and barns, built of local stone, which contribute to the unique character of the Ingleborough Dales landscape, with its remote upland farms, small nucleated villages and isolated field barns. Built within the last 400 years by local farmers, such structures are a rich historical resource, though much under-used by historians. Documentary records are sparse and buildings are perhaps not greatly understood by non-specialists. This course aims to improve recording skills in drawing-up building plans, elevations and details that form valuable records of our vernacular buildings.

This one-day course will show participants how buildings can be recorded, analysed and interpreted to give date sequences and provide evidence of how people lived and worked. Participants will learn how observation, field-drawing, measuring skills and analysis can yield a wealth of information. Some knowledge of vernacular architecture is necessary; we recommend attending ‘An introduction to vernacular architecture’.

The course is part of Stories in Stone, a four-year programme of community and heritage projects that has been developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. YDMT is the lead partner.

About the tutor

Alison is an active recorder, speaker and committee member of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group and a member of the national Vernacular Architecture Group. She has recorded and published in the south Craven area for some decades and is an enthusiast for the multi-disciplined nature of vernacular buildings, old churches and castles.

  • Location: Clapham Village Hall LA2 8DZ
  • Course Dates: 20th May 2018
  • Time: 09.30 - 16.30
  • Cost: £10 - subsidised by Stories in Stone 
  • Booking: Please complete a booking form and return it with your payment. For further information and booking please contact or visit 


This course is part of Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. You can find out more about the Stories in Stone project here.

For more conservation-related courses and jobs please see

Conservation, Course, Talks & Presentations

Booking Details

Booking is essential.  Please contact Hannah Rose on 015242 51002, email or visit