East Ridings of Yorkshire Council cited David Neave – co author of Buildings of England’s East Ridings tome – as its expert witness in a case recently heard at Bridlington Magistrates’ Court. The defendant in the hearing was John Hobson of Beverley-based practice Ingleby + Hobson, who had been charged with unauthorised alteration of the Grade II-listed Old Mill in Wansford. Hobson, who went on to win the case (Architect cleared of ‘unauthorised alteration' charge) also had an expert witness who was, wait for it, David Neave. The difference between the two Davids? Well, Hobson’s expert witness is a living, breathing author and the council’s was, you guessed it, a medium-size book, possibly loaned from the local library.