Scriven village, just outside Knaresborough, was the home of the Slingsby family, the major landowners in the area, for five hundred years. In 2008 the Claro Community Archaeology Group were given a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the geography, archaeology and history of Scriven. Over the following five years field work and research led to the collection of considerable material, some of which was published in “The Chronicles of Scriven”.
The Scriven project looked at the geology and geography of Scriven and the evidence for pre Roman occupation of the village, going on to Saxon, Norman and medieval times when the Slingsby family rose to prominence. The post medieval period began to give glimpses of the lives of ordinary people, even to the lives of the poorest held in the workhouse on the village green. During the 20th century Scriven was closely involved in the two world wars and there is still evidence of the army and prisoner of war camp in the village. The inhabitants of Scriven often farmed in the parish of the adjacent village Scotton and vice versa, the Slingsby’s owning land in both parishes.