Club Trip to The Old Workhouse, Pateley Bridge

On August 2nd, Club members enjoyed a visit to the collections of craft workshops now housed in the Old Workhouse, King Street, Pateley Bridge.


Joseph Hayton, the stone mason, invited us into his workshop, and told us about his career and his carvings. Among those on show were two carving of Green men, one in Tadcaster limestone and the other in a much darker shade was one in Killkenny limestone from Ireland.

Outside we met his father John Hayton who was carving a scene onto a giant oak beam which had been commissioned to replace one that had gone rotten in the roof of a local hall.? (more of Joseph and John’s carvings can be seen on )

Another highlight of our trip was the visit to the glassblowers where Andrew Sanders and David Wallace showed us their skills with a full demonstration of how they made bowls, vases, wineglasses  and paperweights. They fascinated us with a full description of the chemicals involved and the simple tricks of the trade to get trapped silver bubbles, sprays of flowers, etc.  Some of us were mesmerized and could have watched for hours. Their website shows more of their work.  ( )

Before leaving Pateley Bridge we visited the  Nidderdale Local History Museum next door to the workshops.  For a maximum fee of  2 we entered a wonderful world of memories, and fantastic source of information on local history.    They have 11 separate rooms devoted to Leisure, Agriculture, Industry, Religion, Transport, Costume, plus an original Cobblers Shop, a Victorian Parlour room set, General Store, Schoolroom, Courthouse and Mine with Tunnel.There was one scene of Carpenter in his workshop with a full set of woodturning tools and equipment.

Report by Gillian Smith.