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Speleologists Visit Yorkshire

We are not talking about people spell incorrectly as speleology is the scientific study of caves and pot holes. Yorkshire has its fair share of such karst features, underground drainage systems, sinkholes and caves enough to interest most ardent speleologists. … Continue reading

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Stonewalled Dry Stone Walls

Cycling to the Wall The best way to seek out and see Yorkshires best stonewalls is to get on your bike! Walking is the traditional way of getting around the dales and still to be admired. Cycling on the other … Continue reading

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Do You Latch the Sneck or Sneck the Latch

Painted Door and Sneck in Eccleshill There is more than one way to ‘shut that door’ or gate including the use of a catch, bolt, bar, lock, hook, hasp or some other fastening. Here on Gods Own County we are … Continue reading

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Morley Cholera and Collieries

Throughout Yorkshire there were primrose paths to brilliant primulas this spring. Apologies are in order as this picture in Morley is a couple of years old as I am confined to barracks at the moment. Morley was a great coal … Continue reading

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Open and Shut

Is York St Mary’s an entrance you can use or a no entry sign that you shouldn’t. This sign was erected for the Van Gough Experience. I tried to enter at the start of the exhibition but there was still … Continue reading

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Off The Wall

Who would have thought fire cement could have 101 uses? I was certainly sceptical until I came across a booklet published by the Pyruma people at Sankey’s in the 1950’s. They claim it was ‘Ideal for making – Model Railway … Continue reading

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Nostalgia is Bigger Than It Used To Be

Can you remember nostalgia or do you need a reminder of childhood, music, TV and past times…. Continue reading

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Why Walk the Yorkshire Way

In these corvid times Yorkshire folk have been given permission by the government nay, encouragement to walk (once a day keeping your distance etc). Walking is free, simple and health enhancing and in Yorkshire what is not to like? Old … Continue reading

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Will They Reopen When They Think it’s All Over

Snooker and pool Cue re-tippers formerly or currently in Shipley Uncomfortable shopping trolleys used as Pontefract Taxis. They are the only transport to be allowed to park ‘at any time’ In Leeds Harlie’s isn’t currently accepting orders but will it … Continue reading

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Petty and Sons Printers of West Yorkshire

Petty & Sons was officially launched in 1865 by John William Petty at a Leeds base wence from it became one of the UK’s preeminent printers. During the 19th century the strong Methodism and Temperance principles of the Petty family … Continue reading

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