Category Archives: Books Club & Literary Work

God’s Own County Book Club selections, anecdotes, comment and literary works

Amusing Yorkshire Lines

Yorkshire, Yorkshire, Yorkshire. Scarborough warning – A word and a blow, and the blow first. Richard of York gained battle in vain From Hull, Hell and Halifax lord deliver us Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, Out, Out, Out. “Leeds had been the … Continue reading

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Discovered Items – Yorkshire Poets

Born in Winestead Holderness Andrew Marvell,  a pupil from Hull Grammar school, was an English poet little published in his life time. After Cambridge university he became an MP representing Hull in the House of Commons for periods during 1659 … Continue reading

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Found Items – Yorkshire Poets

Not a big surprise but I had never heard of a poetess called Trudy Blacker until I chanced on a neatly transcribed short poem. I put it in my found items collection. Extract From ‘County Treasures’ by Trudy Blacker A … Continue reading

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From Mytholmroyd to The British Library

The British Library is another institution that is letting down the silent majority and failing to focus on its prime purpose as a ‘legal deposit library’. It should facilitate research from the published works it maintains in London and Boston … 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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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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Bookworms of Yorkshire

You would expect a lot of good books to have been published about Yorkshire and God’s Own County and there are even many great books on our favourite subject and featured here is just one. A lyrical history of England’s … Continue reading

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The Halifax Slasher not Barkisland and Ripponden Slasher

Halifax folk dancing Stick men not Sword men In November 1938 Gertie Watts and Mary Gledhill, were attacked by a man while walking in Old Bank Lane, between Barkisland and Ripponden. Local papers at the time christened it the Halifax … Continue reading

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Rotherham’s Serious Crimes

For fourteen years Jayne Senior tried to help girls from Rotherham who had been groomed, raped, tortured, pimped and threatened with violence by sex traffickers. Only by becoming  a whistleblower, sharing confidential documents to expose the scandal for The Times … Continue reading

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Harrogate’s Great War Terriers

Interesting Comment and Facts about The Harrogate Terriers A Roll of Honour and medal lists of 2,000 officers and men known to have served during the war to end all wars is contained in the book. General Haig accused the … Continue reading

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