Author Archives: Hortoris

Songs, Ballads & Poetry from at Least 160 Years Ago

Yesterday during the housebound phase of the day I was furtling around my old bookcase and discovered an 1860 edition of  ‘Ballads and Songs of Yorkshire’ by C J Davison Ingledew. I was impressed with the half dozen items related … Continue reading

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Gisburn and Yorkshire’s White Bull

We want it back! Gisburn is a ‘West Riding’ village in the Ribble Valley on our border with Lancashire. The natural and historic affinity with Yorkshire was usurped during some misguided county reorganisation and Lancashire was given primogenitor. The quiet … Continue reading

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Grand Old Duke

When I titled this as the Grand Old Duke I was thinking of York but the heritage spud not the second son of the Queen (you could say her errant spud.) Prince Andrew former husband of Fergie (Sarah Ferguson)  and … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Retailers Welcome Panic Buyers

Fish & Chips Shops Oh my Cod, how many Cod Fathers are there to a flounder?I will have to check on Fishbook Open on Frydays all over Yorkshire not just the Chip in Dales A Fish Called Rhondda The Prawnbroker … Continue reading

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Tyke Taverner – Timothy Taylor’s Top Tipples

As a veteran beer drinker and former member of the campaign for real ale, CAMRA, I am embarrassed to find there are 17 local branches in towns and cities across the county. I only discovered this fact only from reading … Continue reading

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More Modern Mosaics in Yorkshire

Four years ago I was much taken by the roman mosaics in Aldborough – it is well worth a visit. Isurium Brigantum  was a Roman fort and town that has left us with several mosaic treasures including some housed at … Continue reading

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Exceptional Dry Stone Walls

Yorkshire and proud of the windows in this home from home. You need to shin up the tree to look at the roof to see if the sculpture is a solid cube. Made from Yorkshire grit I am sure it … Continue reading

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Summat Abaht Paradise in Yorkshire

Something about paradise is the current exhibition in the nave of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s historic chapel. British artist Saad Qureshi has created an ‘eclectic mix of architectural styles, from traditional temples and churches to modernist houses and palaces, nestled … Continue reading

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Environmental Bits

Estuary English or Yorkshire Quotes? ‘Ouch’ -Issac  Newton am urt t’core New £50 notes do not grow on trees Gona-mo or al-clowt-thi-iftha-dunt-giower dumpin dahn khazi. Bubonic plagiarism Dammit I’m Mad –  palindromically pppppp proper prior ….. Green Yorkshire Quips Rubble … Continue reading

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Dour d’Yorkshire

What Defines a Dour Yorkshireman Yorkshire folk have a hard won but well deserved reputation of being on the right side of taciturn. Some may think us curmudgeonly but that does a disservice to those grumps who really are. At … Continue reading

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