Maureen Ellis and Harold Foxcroft

Although it was not preplanned, the articles submitted for this year's Journal have a theme of building history running through them. Emmeline Garnett tells us about how to go about researching the history of a house. Emmeline is the co-author of 'The Dated Buildings of Bentham' a book whose publication was underwritten by the Trust and copies of which can still be obtained from our Chairman Roy Gudgeon. David S. Johnson reminds us, amongst other things, of the cost of historical research in general, in money as well as in time. Anne Read gives an account not only of the history, but also of the progress and vision of the future Museum of Settle, The Folly. Alan Hemsworth has written about the palace whose name his Nonsuch Singers adopted and Michael Southworth has researched his own house, drawing attention to the presence of lynchets. Outside this general theme Richard Ellis has described the massive project of replacing Hawksheath Plantation, Keasden. As promised Nick Harling has updated us on the Wayside Features Recording Project and Brian Birkby has provided a lively account of Leeds Parish Church Choir Reciral. Attention is drawn to Jenny Scott's Heritage in the Making.

The accounts of Sunday walks are to be savoured in view of this year's foot and mouth epidemic. '.These accounts and those of the special outings are both to record points of interest and as a guide for future walkers to follow. They have been slightly shortened this year and in future we will try and reproduce a route map with each walk.

Regretfully this would have been the last year that Bill Mitchell leads his ever-popular yearly outing and on behalf of the Trust we want to thank him most sincerely for the access he has arranged to places and people in these interest packed events during the last 21 years.

Lastly but very importantly the drawings of Diana Kaneps grace the cover and the text pages of the Journal. A new step has been taken this year by having a series of her drawings, mostly connected with buildings associated with the Hammerton family as strip illustrations at the foot of most pages. The N.C.H.T. committee is a lively interesting group with a publications sub-committee, convened by Sylvia Harrop. Articles for the Journal are always welcome and in addition the Trust owns important archive material and we are looking lor a member who would like to take on the role of archivist. John Chapman contributes enormously in his role as convenor of the footpaths sub-committee and Jill Sykes quietly but professionally informs the committee of building changes.

Enjoy the journal and do avail yourselves of some of the interesting activities organised by the trust.