Category Archives: Yorkshire History and Heritage

What makes us what we are if not our history, heritage and heredity.

Ghost Hunting in Yorkshire

As you would expect Yorkshire has more than it’s fair share of ghouls, ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Numerous event organisations will help the hunting of the paranormal but there is more fun by ghost hunting … 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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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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Trees of Yorkshire Museum Gardens

St Olav’s Church – York Museum Garden I intended to write about six Champion Trees of Yorkshire but discover the subject is fully covered in the Yorkshire museums own web site. Champion trees are the biggest examples in Yorkshire identified … 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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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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Piecehall Halifax – Grade 1 in Many Ways

The newly renovated 18th century cloth hall has to be the best in Britain. This architectural treasure has been significantly enhanced by years of effort and lots of dosh but commercially it needs reinvention. This Morris dancing on 14th of … Continue reading

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Tilting at Yorkshire Windmills

Firstly we exclude the modern wind farms, wind turbines and their ilk designed for energy production and despoiling  the landscape. Windmill has the clue in the name, a mill that uses wind! Which area of the county has the greatest … Continue reading

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Through the Arch Window – Views at Fountains Abbey

Easter warrants the simplest of crosses in the hall at Fountains Abbey The complexity of the construction at Fountains Abbey makes you consider what might have been without the dissolution in the 16th century. Arch way lead to arch and … Continue reading

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Interesting and Unusual Facts about Castleford

Navigate around the Plastic in the Aire & Calder On the banks of the river at Castleford is a deluge of plastic and other litter waiting to be washed down stream to the sea. It may take some time waiting … Continue reading

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