Category Archives: Villages, Towns and Cities

Locations of interest, history or special merit

Marie Hartley’s Gayle

Gayle and Duerley Beck by Marie Hartley Marie Hartley MBE would have been 104 this week had she not died in Askrigg at the age of 100. Fortunately there is a significant legacy of 33 books chronicling the Dales, numerous … Continue reading

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Welcome to Hovingham – Yorkshire

Hovingham is in great farming country on the North Yorkshire Moors. Whilst farmers are notoriously hard to please it must be a joy to work here with the animals and crops. The parish is large containing Coulton, Scackleton, and six … Continue reading

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Yorkshire City Facts

Seven major cities of Yorkshire Bradford Bradford: Population: 528,155 (2014) Nickname: ‘Wool City’ Motto: “Progress-Industry-Humanity” City status: 1897 Sports: Bradford City, Bradford Bulls RLFT Major attractions: National Media Museum, Curry Capital of Britain, UNESCO City of Film in 2009. Facts … Continue reading

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Wath-upon-Dearne Yorkshire

The performer Les BarkerĀ  whilst not from Wath was reading poems at a festival in 2009. This ditty he wrote and performed stayed with me: It was a calm, still day in Flamborough, The channel clear and wide, As the … Continue reading

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Walking Around Ilkley

Holiday in Ilkley like the Victorians used to do using Shanks’s Pony. You do not have to walk all of the Dales Way to have a good holiday with fresh air and exercise. The River Wharfe runs through the town … Continue reading

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Facts about Keighley BD21

Keighley has two claims to fame, the first being the pronunciation of it’s name Keeth-lee. The second item amused me when Bill Bryson asked why the Army used beautiful countryside for munition target practice, rather than a place like Keighley. … Continue reading

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Facts about James Herriot Yorkshire Author & Vet

Christopher Timothy was one of three actors to play Alf Wight the real James Herriot. This picture was taken in the garden of Alf’s Thirsk house and surgery that is now a gem of a museum and testament to Veterinary … Continue reading

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Facts about Thirsk – YO7

Thirsk is a fine old fashioned market town in North Yorkshire with market days on Mondays and Saturdays. Reasons To Visit Thirsk The cobbled Market Place dates from medieval times and there are quaint named streets to walk around including … Continue reading

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Ledsham from Fairburn Ings

Fairburn Ings is a great nature reserve and RSPB sanctuary near Castleford that covers 700 acres and includes open water, marshland, wet meadows, feeding stations and small areas of reed bed. On a grey winters day a walk around the … Continue reading

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Idle Entrepreneurs

Idle Working Mens Club is an oxymoron that has raised a smile or two in it’s time. Since opening in 1926 the rugged building has been extended not only in size but in membership which is now open to Idle … Continue reading

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