Beeston and Holbeck Graves

beeston back to back graveyard

Beeston has a couple of old grave yards that are sadly being damaged as head stones fall or are vandalised.
From St Mary’s churchyard go down Wesley Street and follow the grave yard contour to walk along an old right of way crossing Sunnyview Gardens to Beggars Hill.
Turn right down Noster Terrace (of Pater Noster fame) following along and round the wall of Holbeck cemetery.
At the entrance go up to the war memorial then towards the imposing gates and lodgehouse.

Just past these gates is a large tomb and Grade II listed monument of the Marsden family. Henry Rowland Marsden was born in ‘Holbeck, Leeds in 1823 of poor parents, and began to work in a local mill at the age of 10, becoming an engineering apprentice at 15.
In 1848 H R Marsden emigrated to the USA where he made a successful career in mechanical engineering and returned a wealthy man. In 1862 he set up a factory for patent stone-crushing machinery to take advantage of the demand at that time for road building. He received numerous medals and honours for this and other inventions, is credited with founding the Leeds Music Festival in 1874 and was Mayor of Leeds 1874-5.’ He died at what we now think of as the young age of 53.

beeston paupers graves

On the wall furthest from Beeston there are serried ranks of similar grave stones that mark the communal graves of paupers from the late 19th and early 20th century.

beeston tree and fallen gravestones

There are several fine old trees that give a sense or permanence to the grave yard and memorials. After this less than cheerful stroll, cross the Beeston Road and walk through the 44 acres of Cross Flatts. (The houses are back to backs not flats. ed.)

Source Footpaths of Leeds Hilary & Peter Dyson and wikipedia

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Market Days – Dales and Moors

Dewsbury

Markets in the Dales

Monday
Boroughbridge, Kirkby Stephen, Pickering, Selby, Scarborough, Skipton, Thirsk

Tuesday
Bedale, Hawes, Kirkby Lonsdale, Richmond (indoor), Scarborough, Settle, Whitby

Wednesday
Knaresborough, Kirkbymoorside, Masham, Northallerton, Scarborough, Sedbergh, Skipton, Barnard Castle

Thursday

Guisborough, Kirkby Lonsdale, Richmond (indoor), Ripon, Scarborough, Tadcaster, Wetherby

Friday
Appleby, Easingwold, Helmsley, Leyburn, Reeth, Richmond, Scarborough, Skipton, Stokesley

Saturday
Appleby, Guisborough, Malton, Masham, Northallerton, Richmond, Selby, Scarborough, Thirsk, Whitby

Skipton Market Days are from 9am – 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday including Bank Holiday Mondays and Easter Friday.

North Yorkshire Moors Area

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Otley Chevin’s Surprise View

Yorkshire Snow Chevin

As you trudge through the snow from the Royalty Pub on York Gate you reach one of the sights of Yorkshire. ‘Surprise View’  a site and sight that must have inspired generations since the neolithic man first ventured into Yorkshire.

There are neolithic bones rescued from the gravel pits down in the Wharfe valley that have been preserved and stored in Otley Museum. Currently they are not on display as political posturing and pathetic pecuniary performance has closed the museum (for years) and only the  archives are accessible.

Yorkshire Snow Chevin

This is the view from Surprise View at the crest of the ridge north to York, Pateley Bridge and the dales beyond. Any early version of Google maps satellite.

There is a cairn and graphic displaying the key sites you can observe on a clear day, all the better viewing with a bit of snow relection.

At Easter this is the location for the erection of the large 40′ wooden cross that can be seen for miles from the valley and slopes below.

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Rough and Tough Yorkshire Guide

Book Cover

When I saw the title to this book I wondered which Guide had been chosen as the rough one. See 100 years of Girl Guides.

The Rough Guide in question claims to be the first comprehensive guide to Yorkshire, England’s largest county. Well to be comprehensive it needs to be a darn sight thicker than it appears to be. Available from amazon to order now their blurb runs ‘….It includes comprehensive coverage of the county, from the ruggedly beautiful Dales and Moors and magnificent North Sea coast, historic York to the multi-cultural cities of Leeds and Sheffield, the resurgent port of Hull to all the market towns and rural villages in between. Take your pick of great stately homes to visit, of cathedrals and churches and monastic ruins, of steam railways and seaside resorts, of world-class historical and industrial museums, of hotels and places where you can consume good Yorkshire food and ale.
Accurate maps and comprehensive practical information help you get under the skin of the region, whilst stunning photography and a full-colour introduction make this your ultimate travelling companion to Yorkshire. Whether you’re on holiday, on business, visiting family and friends or just passing through – even if you’ve lived in Yorkshire all your life – The Rough Guide to Yorkshire will ensure that you don’t miss a thing.’

I think the blurb totally misses the point. Yorkshire gets under your skin you are not expected to ‘get under the regions skin’ in your lifetime.

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Taken T’Cleaners

Otley

What does the phrase taken to the cleaners really mean? One version is ‘Relived of one’s money or aspirations, perhaps by flimflam; easily bested.’ Since the 19th century people have been cleaned out or stripped of there assets by gambling or dishonesty.
The advent of professional dry cleaners brought about a modernization of the earlier phrase ‘cleaned out’.
Of course the Australian cricket team were taken to the cleaners on the recent ashes tour and that is nothing to do with brass or getting green grass stains out of ‘whites’.

Abbey Glen Ltd has been an established, business to business, textile rental operator for over 100 years. The original laundry site was based in Sheffield at the turn of the last century, however, after considerable investment and technical advancement it now operates from more modern sites in Doncaster and Worksop. It is good to see they are still successfully thriving after over 100 years in the industry. This picture shows them moving laundry from the dales back down to Sheffield.

The mill chimney unlike so many soot encrusted chimneys has not suffered the indignity of sandblasting. It is a non-PC black with red trim.

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Malham Cove Photos

malham
By: Mr Numb, Flickr

Malham Cove is a natural limestone formation north of the village of Malham, North Yorkshire, England. A popular beauty spot within the Yorkshire Dales, it is a large, curved limestone cliff at the head of a valley. At the top of the valley is a limestone pavement.

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a view from the bottom, popular with climbers By: Rick Harrison Flickr

Originally, a large waterfall flowed over the cove as a glacier melted above it. There is now an underwater stream running from Malham Tarn down into the valley below.

malham
By: Jim Moran, Flickr CC


By Vaidas M

malham
By: Rick Harrison Flickr

Malham Tarn

Malham Tarn
Malham Tarn by Paul Stevenson

Malham Cove featured in the BBC series, Seven Natural Wonders of Britain.

It was featured in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, filmed in 2009.

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Yorkshire Culture 2011

It is only because I was sent details of these cultural events on the same day that I thought it worth posting them. Doubtless Sheffield, York, Hull etc will have similar claims to our evenings in the first half of 2011.

Georges Bizet’s Carmen at the Leeds Grand is one of the world’s best known operas, with much of the music now hugely recognisable having featured in films, television and adverts multiple times. The story itself is one of passion, sexual obsession and revenge, and has been directed by renowned American director Daniel Kramer.
22, 29 January, 1, 5, 9, 11 February, 7pm £10-£58 Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, LS1 6NZ, 0113 222 6222

The Hallé at Leeds Town Hall are Britain’s longest-established permanent professional symphony orchestra. They were set up way back in 1858 by Sir Charles Hallé and since then they have toured across the world. They’re coming to Leeds this February as part of Leeds International Concert Season. For this concert, the Hallé will be directed by Music Director Sir Mark Elder CBE in performances of Elgar’s Symphony No 1 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 17 with Berlin-born pianist Martin Helmchen as soloist.
26 February, 7.30pm. £12-£30 The Headrow, LS1 3AD, 0113 247 7989

Hamlet at West Yorkshire Playhouse by Northern Broadsides in partnership with the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, this production of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known and revered plays should be one of the best dramatic performances in Leeds this year. Northern Broadsides are known for adapting Shakespeare with a rare wit and energy – and broad northern accents – and their performances seldom draw any less than rave reviews.
19-30 April, times vary, £16-£26 Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, LS2 7UP, 0113 213 7800

Leeds Art Gallery will host an exhibition by Damien Hirst who has long been recognised as one of the world’s most famous, and controversial, artists. Hirst grew up in Leeds and studied at Leeds College of Art & Design before finding fame in the mid-90s with a series of works featuring animals preserved in formaldehyde. This exhibition, part of the Artist Rooms programme which will see collections of modern and contemporary art held by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland going on display at venues around the country, is the first major exhibition of Hirst’s work in his hometown and will trace his whole career, including the seminal ‘Away from the Flock’.
July – September, opening times vary, The Headrow, Leeds,

Source and for more information see the Leeds Guide
Leeds Grand
West Yorkshire Playhouse

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Top Fish & Chips and Seafood

Yorkshire is blessed with the finest fish and chip shops. It also boasts the best restaurants and cafes specialising in seafood and fish and chips.

Restaurants to Visit

  • The Drum and Monkey has been a Harrogate favourite for over 30 years. Not the cheapest but one of the best inland fish restaurants in England. Lobster, Dover sole, oysters, halibut and sea bass and a range of other seafood is delivered daily.
  • Graveleys also of Harrogate on Cheltenham Parade has been gaining a reputation since new owners took over last year. Great Fish and Chips plus other seafood favourites and a selection of fine wine.
  • Crab and Lobster at Asenby, Thirsk is open every day but Sunday. Generous portions are promised and there are other dishes available for none seafood eaters.
  • Livebait Leeds claims to ‘only serve fish that is ethically sourced and we are proud to support sustainable fishing policies in line with the Marine Conservation Society, bringing you the freshest seafood with minimal impact on the environment’. The only disappointment I have had has been the volume of customers but you get to expect that from a chain that has to get in as many covers as possible.
  • The Magpie Cafe in Whitby doesn’t serve Magpie,  unless it have been eaten by one of the ginormous fish they serve. When I talk about a busy seafood emporium at Livebait it is nothing compared with the queues at the Magpie. Still it has always been worth the wait.
  • The Golden Grid in Scarborough has fine views over Flamborough Head from the upstairs windows. For canny Yorkshire folk there is a 10% off voucher by clicking here.
  • Loch Fyne is a chain with restaurants in Harrogate, (update the Harrogate branch has disappeared hook line and sinker!)Walmgate York and City Square Leeds Enough said – not one of my favourites.

Eat In Fish & Chip Shops

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