Category Archives: Yorkshire Folk

Who is and who was in Yorkshire. Down to earth folk from or linked to God’s Own County.

Dickie Bird of Barnsley

In the 2012 New Years Honours list Dickie Bird of Barnsley has been awarded the OBE. Other sporting awards for Yorkshire folk go to Jamie Peacock from Leeds Rhinos and Taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson from Doncaster Continue reading

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Yorkshire Roots of The NSPCC

  Benjamin Waugh of Settle is credited with forming the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in 1884. With Lord Shaftesbury as president they had 32 national branches or aid committees within 5 years. Each branch raised … Continue reading

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Fred Trueman Still Speaks Out

Frederick Sewards Trueman OBE Fred Trueman to All Yorkshire Folk All Yorkshiremen have a favourite Fred Trueman story and mine goes something like this: Opening the bowling as usual from the Kirkstall Lane End Fred’s first ball rapped the openers … Continue reading

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Likely Lads from Bingley – Rodney Bewes

Rodney Bewes was born near Bingley Grammar School in 1939 and was a sickly child suffering from asthma. At the age of 12 he read in the Daily Herald that the BBC wanted some child actors and he wrote in, … Continue reading

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Duncan Preston Soap and Shakespearian Actor

How many Yorkshire actors do you know that combine soap humor and Shakespeare? Well straight from The Bradford Playhouse and the Civic Playhouse via RADA I give you the career to date of Duncan Preston. Duncan Preston is a Bradford-born … Continue reading

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Sir Fred Hoyle Astronomer, Cosmologist and Sci-fi Author

Sir Fred Hoyle FRS 24 June 1915 – 20 August 2001 a Yorkshire man who coined the phrase ‘ The Big Bang’ and missed out on not one but two or three Nobel prizes for physics. Fred Hoyle was born … Continue reading

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Sir Patrick Stewart

After waiting for God only knows how many decades (well 6.9 actually) the Mirfield lad made good with an OBE in 2001 and  a Knighthood (KBE) in 2009. He was the Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield. ‘Sir Pat’ is … Continue reading

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Big Daddy – Shirley Crabtree

With a name like Shirley Crabtree you were bound to learn to fight and so it must have been for young Shirley in Halifax in the 1930’s. Early stints as a miner and in the Coldstream Guards did not prepare … Continue reading

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Yorkshiremen Climbing Everest

Heroic Barnsley Hero If you have spent grueling days climbing to the top of the world to reach your dream? If it has cost you a fortune in time, cash and goodwill from the family? If you are near the … Continue reading

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Manor of Northstead – Resignation of MPs

Why isn’t the position of ‘Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead’ one of the busiest public offices in Yorkshire? Under the Act of Settlement a person who holds an office of profit under the Crown is disqualified … Continue reading

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