Category Archives: Yorkshire History and Heritage

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

Zeppelin Early Warning Sound Mirrors

Between a messenger with a stick in Marathon or a Beacon on top of a hill but before Radar and electronic surveillance there was a humble invention the ‘Sound Mirror’. Development of Beacons moved from one fire for danger to … Continue reading

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Historic Battles on Yorkshire Battlegrounds

Stamford Bridge September 1066 King Harald’s army had just suffered heavy losses at Gate Fulford but were reinforced by Tostig’s troops and the Norwegian army were in celebratory mood. With fast marching and impulsive action King Harold marched part of … Continue reading

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Public Parks Past & Present

  History of Public Parks & Gardens The West Riding was at the forefront of 19th Century Park development. Growing towns no longer had access to common land and the working class needed a recreational outlet. Pleasure resorts were developed … Continue reading

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Zetland – Lifeboat Race

Redcar Lifeboat The Zetland is the ‘ Oldest Lifeboat in the World’ built in 1802 and still on display in Redcar. over 200 years ago Zetland was built by a Yorkshireman, Henry Greathead, from Richmond who set up as a … Continue reading

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Summer Drizzle in Whitby 1930

Reports about  Global Warming and the next Ice Age are used to fill the media but let’s look back 80 years or so. Imagine you were setting off for your summer holiday in Whitby on the 21st July 1930. You … Continue reading

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York Railway Station History

This weekend it was the 150 year celebration of the opening of the railway at Otley in West Yorkshire. Unfortunately it was also exactly 50 years since Dr Beeching took an axe to the line. Still York retains its facilities … Continue reading

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Harry Ramsden’s Fish & Chip History

Caught in Whitby, fried at Guiseley and eaten out of newspaper our Yorkshire fish and chips, mushy peas and all were part of our staple diet. The real Harry Ramsden’s of our youth is no more, no longer a chandeliered temple, … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Ridings Society

The Ridings are still with us but a little support from Yorkshire folk will keep them fresh and in the minds of this and future generations. The ‘Yorkshire Ridings Society’ is doing just that from every angle of the Yorkshire … Continue reading

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Worsbrough Mill and Canal

3 miles south of Barnsley, Worsbrough was noted in the Doomsday book for its Corn Mill. Now with a population under 10,000 it is a village over looking the Worsbrough Valley. At Worsbrough Country Park you can see the milling … Continue reading

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First Battle in the Wars of The Roses?

If you thought the Wars of the Roses were fought between 1450-1509 then think again. The battle of Bramham Moor in 1408 could have been the first sign of the trouble to come. More likely problems already existed between royalists, … Continue reading

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