Category Archives: Yorkshire History and Heritage

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

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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Forster in Bradford

  William Forster was Bradford’s MP during Queen Victoria’s reign. After making a name for himself in the woolen manufacturing industry his interest in national education encouraged him to establish the 1870 Elementary Education Act. the statue is newly relocated … Continue reading

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Alum Industry at Runswick

Become part of the Alum alumni. What use is alum you may wonder? Alum was added during the preparatory stages of papermaking and later it was used as a size. Alum combined with a dye or stain and thereby fixes … Continue reading

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Ironstone Quarrying near Whitby

Ironstone quarrying is hard work and these grafters gather for a breather and a photograph at Whinstone quarry in Rosedale. Stone merchant William Berriman and Ironstone miner John Berriman plus Robert and Joseph are all recorded in the census from … Continue reading

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Old and Very Old Yorkshire

Well this is the colour of the dreaded European Passport so I am not sure that a Yorkshire blue would not be more appropriate. Yes I am sure. It also says God’s Own Country when we know and accept that … Continue reading

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Thrifty Yorkshire Hoarders

  Yorkshire folk are well known for their thrift and canny ways with money. Perhaps some of this rubbed off on our Viking visitors who first arrived around AD780. Skip forward to 2007 when a hoard of coins and jewelry … 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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Seven or More Yorkshire Cathedrals and Minsters

Top Cathedrals for age and Architecture 1.York Minster Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter is the Mother church of the Province of York AD 627. 2. Ripon Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Wilfrid AD 655. Parish and … Continue reading

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Sculptures New and Ancient

  Lizards from Cornwall have been carving a path through our dry stone walls. See more sculptures around Chevin Park and Surprise View. Human foot marks have eroded part of the Calf as folk try the ascent to the summit. … Continue reading

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