Lorna Watts has completed the formidable task of preparing for publication the records of the major archaeological investigations in Kirkdale carried out by Professor Philip Rahtz, Lorna Watts and members of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. This eagerly awaited work, profusely illustrated by the distinguished drawings and photographs by Philip Rahts and provided with a valuable Synthesis (Overview, Interpretations and References) by Lorna Watts, is now published as St Gregory's Minster, Kirkdale, North Yorkshire. Archaeological Investigations and Historical Context, by Archaeopress Archaeology, Oxford (2021).

The Trustees publish the Kirkdale Monograph Series, based primarily upon selected Lectures. Monographs so far published:

Gordon Leff, Alcuin of York and the Foundations of Medieval Education

- The Kirkdale Lecture 1994; Kirkdale 2007; ISBN 05-2-X

Richard Fletcher, St Gregory’s Minster Kirkdale

- Kirkdale 2003; ISBN 0-9542605-1-1

S. A. J. Bradley, Orm Gamalson’s Sundial: The Lily’s Blossom and the Roses’ Fragrance

- The Kirkdale Lecture 1997; Kirkdale 2002; ISBN 0-9542605-0-3

Matthew Townend, Scandinavian Culture in Eleventh-Century Yorkshire

- The Kirkdale Lecture 2007; Kirkdale 2007; ISBN 0-9542605-3-8

David Goodway, Herbert Read: Yorkshireman, Anarchist, Modernist

- The Kirkdale Lecture 2008; Kirkdale 2009; ISBN 0-9542605-4-6

Thomas Pickles, From Minsters to Parish Churches: Power, Religious Patronage and Pastoral Care in Early Medieval Ryedale

- The Kirkdale Lecture 2009; Kirkdale 2012; ISBN 0-9542605-5-4

S. A. J. Bradley (tr), When the Danes most greatly persecuted them. Two Anglo-Saxon voices from the height of the viking atrocities of the early 11th century

- Kirkdale Occasional Series; Kirkdale 2012; ISBN 0-9542605-7-0

Janet Burton, Monasteries and Parishes in medieval Yorkshire

- The Kirkdale Lecture 2010; Kirkdale, 2012; ISBN 0-9542605-6-2

Bill Sheils, A Quiet Reformation: The Church in Ryedale from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century

- The Kirkdale Lecture 2011; Kirkdale 2014; ISBN 0-9542605-8-9

John Toy, The Cult of St Olaf in England

- The Kirkdale Lecture 2015; Kirkdale 2017; ISBN 0-9542605-9-7

Copies may be purchased from the bookstall in the church. A pricelist and order form may be obtained from:

The Honorary Secretary


Telephone: 07568 319706


A suggested bibliography of publications by the late Professor Philip Rahtz and Lorna Watts (Rahtz), relating to Kirkdale archaeology.

L. Watts, J. Grenville and P. A. Rahtz:       Archaeology at Kirkdale (Supplement to The Ryedale Historian 18, 1996-1997

L. Watts, P. A. Rahtz, E. Okasha, S. A. J. Bradley and J. Higgitt: 'Kirkdale - The Inscriptions', Medieval Archaeology XLI (1997), pp. 51-99.

P. A. Rahtz: Ghosts at Kirkdale', The Ryedale Historian 19 (1998-1999), pp. 17-20.

L. Watts: 'The Rev D. H. Haigh and Runes at Kirkdale', The Ryedale Historian 19, 1998-1999, pp. 21-24.

P. A. Rahtz and L. Watts: 'Kirkdale Archaeology 1996-1997' (Supplement to The Ryedale Historian 19, 1998-1999).

P. A. Rahtz and L. Watts: 'Three Ages of Conversion at Kirkdale', in M Carver ed, The Cross goes North (Woodbridge, 2003), pp. 289-309.

P. A. Rahtz and L. Watts: 'Excavations in Ryedale 2000' [including South exterior of Kirkdale], The Ryedale Historian 21 (2002-2004), 19-26.

L. Watts: 'Kirkdale, Lastingham and Bede: A Note', Northern History XLIII:2 (2006), 343-344. 

L. Watts: 'St Gregory's Minster, Kirkdale' [2014 watching brief], The Ryedale Historian 27 (2014-2015), 54-58.


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