Category Archives: Yorkshire History and Heritage

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

Ten East Riding Churches To Visit

Beverley’s church of St Mary has a magnificent west front,outstanding porch and splendid tower built around 1530. Some norman remains but essentially an early English church. The woodwork is fantastic on the stalls and misericords. A rare Priests room contains … Continue reading

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Pubs With York Heritage and Magnetism

Legend had it that there were 365 pubs in York, one for every day of the year. Half the pubs of York have gone since the 1950’s and there have been some historic losses. We need to protect those with … Continue reading

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Shoe Industry Booted About

Stead & Simpson was one of the oldest, most well-known and respected names in the British footwear industry. The business can trace its history back to 1834, when it was founded as a Leeds based manufacturer of footwear. At its … Continue reading

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Batley Bashed by Tesco and Dewsbury

  Dewsbury Market. Part History of Batley There has been a church in Batley since the 11th century. The present Batley Parish Church was built in the reign of Henry VI (1422-1461), and parts of the original remain. Despite Batley … Continue reading

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Captain Cook Museums & Monuments

There are 3 good memorials in North Yorkshire that can give an insight to the early and working life of the explorer Captain Cook. There are six or seven towns worldwide that are named Whitby but dozens of places named … Continue reading

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Charabanc or Charabang

1914 Ford Model ‘T’ Charabanc by kenjonbro (Celebrating 60 Years 1952-2012), CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The term Charabanc (not Charabang as I thought) comes from the French char-a-bancs, for a “carriage with wooden benches.” The simple design included rows of seats … Continue reading

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Sheffield Murders and More?

The Chinese Laundry Murder of 1922. Sing Lee had carried on a laundry business living above the shop at 231 Crookes, Sheffield in 1922. Lee Doon entered his employment only a few days earlier (don’t you just love these Chinese … Continue reading

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Twirlies on Doncaster & Bradford Trolley Buses

Twirlies you know are the OAP’s and people who stand at bus stops with their free passes and ask ‘are we too early’ because it is not yet 9.30am. So that is how we get our name ‘Twirlies’, it is … Continue reading

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Lister Park and Cartwright Hall

Lister Park Bradford is on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England, and contains six listed buildings, including the opulent Cartwright Memorial Hall. The ‘Green Flag’ park has recently been renovated around the … Continue reading

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Top Ten West Riding Churches

To select but 10 churches for a ‘best of’ list was impossible so I tried to find 10 varying churches in each Riding and this is my effort for the West Riding of Yorkshire. I would be happy to consider … Continue reading

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