Interesting Facts About The White Rose of Yorkshire

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White Rose of Yorkshire.

The white rose of Yorkshire is the symbol for the House of York. From the fourteenth century it has also been the symbol for Yorkshire.

The use of the White Rose of Yorkshire goes back to Edmund of Langley in the fourteenth century, the first Duke of York and the ruling Plantangenets

The symbolism of the white rose is said to relate to the Virgin Mary, who was known as the Mystical rose of heaven. White is a common colour for purity in religious ceremonies.

During the wars of the Roses (Lancashire vs Yorkshire), the forces of Yorkshire fought the Lancastrians who had a Red rose as an emblem. (Why do all Lancastrians have red noses? Because when god was handing noses out they thought he said roses, so they asked for a big red one!)

The War of the roses was ended when King of England Henry VII united the warring factions and symbolically created the Tudor rose.

At the Battle of Minden 1st August 1759, Yorkshire troops from a Yorkshire battalion were able to pluck white roses from close to the Battlefield in tribute to their fallen comrades. Ever since Yorkshire day has been celebrated on August 1st.

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The Yorkshire flag incorporates the stylised rose and it can be flown with the 5th leaf at the bottom for most areas  or the top (for the East Riding)

The white rose has been or is still used by many different causes as well:

During the Second World War, German students who resisted Hitler’s Nazi Regime founded the White Rose league – a movement seeking to overthrow Hitler and his party.

The White Rose Universities is the group of Leeds, York and Sheffield universities.

White Rose business Awards for 2013 opens for application in March. It is managed by ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’.
White rose shopping centre is owned and managed by Land Securities and may feature hidden away in many Yorkshireman’s pension investments in some form.

The White Rose credit union operates out of Wakefield the capital city of Yorkshire.

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5 Responses to Interesting Facts About The White Rose of Yorkshire

  1. DAVID HIRST November 22, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    A TRIBUTE TO LEEDS UNITED’S FALL[TO THE TUNE OF FLOWER OF SCOTLAND
    THE WHITE ROSE OF YORKSHIRE IS BLOOMING AGAIN
    IT’S PERFUME IS HEADY TO TRUE YORKSHIREMEN
    WE’VE TAKEN A FALL NOW
    BUT WE’LL BE BACK WHEN THE WHITE ROSE OF YORKSHIRE IS BLOOMING AGIAN

    THE WHITE ROSE OF YORKSHIRE IS BLOOMING AGAIN
    IT’S PERFUME IS HEADY TO ALL YORKSHIREMEN
    WE’VE TAKEN A FALL NOW AND THEY’VE COUNTED TO TEN
    BUT THE WHITE ROSE OF YORKSHIRE IS BLOOMING AGAIN

  2. Martin Birkhead July 29, 2018 at 8:56 am #

    Hi, can you help, I was told that before the rose was a bear can anyone confirm this or lead me to further reading?

  3. david mooney August 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    the East Yorkshire rose and the North Yorkshire rose are both the same , only the west Yorkshire rose is the way you display in your article , you are causing confusion , check EAST RIDING OF YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL and NORTH RIDING OF YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL , use of the Yorkshire rose in their respective offices , you will see I am correct

    • Hortoris August 14, 2018 at 6:44 pm #

      Vexillologists wouldn’t agree. There are many flags,emblems and coats of arms for the 3 ridings some are shown on wikipedia

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