Monthly Archives: November 2016

Why there are Ghosts at Clifford’s Tower

The original wooden castle keep in York was destroyed by fire in 1069 by locals unhappy with William the Conqueror but it was rebuilt again also in wood. A more bloody event took place 100 years later. According to the … Continue reading

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What They Teach in Bradford History Classes

A good Yorkshire education began with a Bradford wool merchant and Member of Parliament for Bradford in 1861. William Edward Forster was the son of a Quaker who was active in the anti slavery movement. W E Forster moved to … Continue reading

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Plane Crazy Kangaroos, Skuas, Sharks and Hawks in Brough

Back in 1915 Robert Blackburn (RB) set up a base for the Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Company in Brough. Amongst the aircraft made by the company were the early Kangaroos, Sharks, Skuas and the Swift. Aeroplanes From Blackburn Aeroplane and … Continue reading

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York Footpath or Snickelway Map

Snickelways were recently nominated as one of York’s seven man made wonders. Snickleways often lead the walker to fantastic pubs or act as short cuts to other watering holes. The Complete Snickelways of York  –  Mark W Jones If you … Continue reading

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North Yorkshire’s Notorious Smugglers

The Yorkshire coast is just 200 miles from the Continent across the North Sea. Ships taking our 16th and 17th century exports abroad often returned loaded with gin, brandy and even tea that was destined to avoid the ‘preventives’ and … Continue reading

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Jowett the Yorkshire Javelin Ahead of Time

The two seater soft top Jowett Jupiter was developed from the success of the Javelin in 1950. The streamlined shape implied speed and was a well engineered car with stronger brakes and new features. It had a steel tube frame … Continue reading

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Terry’s of York – A Bite of History

Can you see what it is yet? Yes you probably guessed it is a mug! Some History of Terry’s of York What do an apothecary, confectioner and citrus peel importer have in common? When one of them was Joseph Terry … Continue reading

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Welcome to Saltaire – BD18

As a UNESCO World Heritage site a visit to Saltaire is a must. This is due to the present amenities and  Saltaire’s extremely interesting past. Set alongside the river Aire from which it gets part of its name Saltaire also … Continue reading

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Black Diamonds Built Wentworth Castle

Wentworth Castle at Stainborough near Barnsley has fine gardens and parkland to walk around. Now-a-days Wentworth Castle buildings are used as a college of further education known as The Northern College. Access into the house is therefore strictly by pre-booked … Continue reading

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Hospice Movement in Yorkshire

Independent or Voluntary Hospices are registered charities financed mainly by charitable income not the NHS or government. In addition to inpatient care most hospices provide home care, day services and bereavement support. At Saint Michael’s Hospice in North Yorkshire they … Continue reading

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