Yorkshire Facts – Interesting and Unusual

Historically, Yorkshire boundaries were bounded by the physical landscape of the East coast (Humberside). The River Tees in the North, and in the West, the Western slopes of the Pennines. Yorkshire was split into three Ridings – East Riding, North Riding and West Riding; this area includes modern counties, such as Humberside, Durham, Cumbria, Cleveland … Continue reading Yorkshire Facts – Interesting and Unusual

Favourite York Churches to Discover

York St Cuthbert St Helen on the Walls and All Saints Peasholme is some mouthful of a name for a Church Administrative unit. Now working with St Michael le Belfrey, St Cuthbert’s is currently applying for planning permission to improve the external appearance of the surrounding grounds. Who said this Administrative unit was not in … Continue reading Favourite York Churches to Discover

Yorkshire’s Shard or Emley Moor

Emley Moor transmitting station near Huddersfield is still the UK’s tallest structure in Yorkshire at 1083 feet 330.5 metres for those who have been metricated (Ouch)! It beats Bilsdale mast Helmsley by 54 feet and is 4th in our overall UK communication masts. Drax power station near Selby is a massive 850 feet, not bad … Continue reading Yorkshire’s Shard or Emley Moor

Plot Night 1605

‘Remember remember the 5th of November gunpowder treason and plot’ so it isn’t bonfire night but Plot Neet or just Plot! The Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 included plotters Robert Catesby,Thomas Percy, Christopher and John Wright, Thomas Wintour and the infamous Guy Fawkes, a Yorkshire man from Scotton, Knaresborough who … Continue reading Plot Night 1605

Dance Yorkshire

Whilst this book features Dancing in the East Riding there is a lot more going off in Yorkshire. I am always surprised at nthe number of dance venues still functioning for classes, medals and competitions. Undoubtedly a healthy pastime for a great many people it is good to feel a resurgence for dance. Dancing as … Continue reading Dance Yorkshire

Yorkshire Wrestling Hero Big Daddy – and others

Celebrate all that was great about British All in Wrestling. ‘Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and early ’80s’ by Luke Haines is an affectionate homage to the old wrestlers profiled below. The free 1978 calender includes pictures of Klondyke Kate, Adrian Street, Marc ‘Rollerball’ Rocco and Catweazle as … Continue reading Yorkshire Wrestling Hero Big Daddy – and others

Pubs With York Heritage and Magnetism

Legend had it that there were 365 pubs in York, one for every day of the year. Half the pubs of York have gone since the 1950’s and there have been some historic losses. We need to protect those with special interest interiors and ‘support our pub heritage’. I will drink all I can in … Continue reading Pubs With York Heritage and Magnetism

Old Barry Cryer’s Support for Hernias

Leeds born and educated, up to a point, Barry Cryer’s book now called The Chronicles of Hernia is a newly packaged comedy classic, first published in 1998 under the title ‘You Won’t Believe This But….’ Purchase from Amazon here ‘Still Alive’ is the name of his touring show and it is worth making special effort … Continue reading Old Barry Cryer’s Support for Hernias

Elastoplast, Cods Liver and Nivea

T J Smith opened a chemist shop in Hull in 1856 as a 30 year old member of the newly formed British Pharmaceutical Society. An early product was the Dark brown, fishy smelling Cod Liver Oil made from Hull fish . Indeed he sold this and a progressively refined version from Newfoundland and Norway to … Continue reading Elastoplast, Cods Liver and Nivea