Yorkshire is the UK’S largest county, with a diverse environment that is home to more than 5 million people. The epithet may be disputed around the world, but to those who live here it is little wonder it is often branded ‘God’s own county’, or ‘God’s own country’.
Its symbol, the white rose, is internationally recognised, though less so is Yorkshire Day of August 1, chosen to mark the bravery of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at the Battle of Minden on August 1, 1759.
The Yorkshire Party has prepared this section from independent sources to inform and interest members, potential members and those who just want to know more about our wonderful land.
The famous Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire
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The history of Yorkshire is one of the richest of any English county, centred on the county town of York.
The region was first occupied after the retreat of the ice age about 8000 BC.
During the first millennium AD it was occupied by many different factions including the Romans, Angles and Vikings.
The name comes from “Eborakon” (c.150) an old Brythonic name that probably derives from “Efor” or “the place of the yew-trees”. Many Yorkshire dialect words and aspects of pronunciation derive from old Norse because of the Viking influence in this region. The name “Yorkshire” first appeared in writing in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1065. It was originally composed of three sections called Thrydings, subsequently referred to as Ridings.
Following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Yorkshire was subject to the punitive harrying of the North, which caused great hardship.
The area proved to be notable for uprisings and rebellions through to the Tudor period.
During the industrial revolution, the West Riding became the second most important manufacturing area in the United Kingdom, while the predominant industries of the East and North Ridings remained fishing and agriculture.
In modern times, the Yorkshire economy suffered from a decline in manufacturing, which affected its traditional coal, steel, wool and shipping industries.
Full history through-the-ages at: https://www.yorkshirenetwork.co.uk/yorkshire/history-of-yorkshire/
According to a Wikipedia entry: Historically, Yorkshire’s northern boundary was the River Tees, the eastern boundary was the North Sea coast and the southern boundary was the Humber Estuary and Rivers Don and Sheaf. The western boundary meandered along the western slopes of the Pennine Hills to again meet the River Tees. It is bordered by County Durham, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Westmorland.
In Yorkshire there is a very close relationship between the major topographical areas and the geological period in which they were formed. The Pennines are of Carboniferous origin. The central vale is Permo-Triassic. The North York Moors in the north-east of the county are Jurassic in age while the Yorkshire Wolds to the south east are Cretaceous chalk uplands.
The main rivers of Yorkshire
Yorkshire is drained by several rivers. In western and central Yorkshire the many rivers empty their waters into the Ouse, which reaches the North Sea via the Humber Estuary. The most northerly of the rivers in the Ouse system is the Swale, which drains Swaledale before passing through Richmond and meandering across the Vale of Mowbray. Next, draining Wensleydale, is the Ure, which the Swale joins east of Boroughbridge. Near Great Ouseburn the Ure is joined by the small Ouse Gill Beck, and below the confluence the river is known as the Ouse. The River Nidd rises on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and flows along Nidderdale before reaching the Vale of York and the Ouse. The Wharfe, which drains Wharfedale, joins the Ouse upstream of Cawood. The Aire and Calder are more southerly contributors to the River Ouse and the most southerly Yorkshire tributary is the Don, which flows northwards to join the main river at Goole. Further north and east, the Derwent rises on the North York Moors, flows south then westwards through the Vale of Pickering then turns south again to drain the eastern part of the Vale of York. It empties into the Ouse at Barmby on the Marsh.
River Hull at Wawne Picture: Stephen Horncastle
In the far north of the county the River Tees flows eastwards through Teesdale and empties its waters into the North Sea downstream of Middlesbrough. The smaller Esk flows from west to east at the northern foot of the North York Moors to reach the sea at Whitby. To the east of the Yorkshire Wolds the Hull flows southwards to join the Humber Estuary at Kingston upon Hull. The western Pennines are drained by the Ribble which flows westwards, eventually reaching the Irish Sea close to Lytham St Annes.
Yorkshire has a population of 5.3 million people, larger than the population of Scotland. (According to 2011 census data published by the Office for National Statistics). Yorkshire also has a bigger population than many other countries, such as Norway, New Zealand, Uruguay and the Republic of Ireland.
The biggest cities by population are: Leeds (780,000), which is the fourth biggest city in the UK; Sheffield (575,000); Bradford (530,000); Wakefield (330,000); and Doncaster (302,000)
Kirkgate Market in Leeds,Yorkshire’s biggest city
Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK, spanning 2.9 million acres, larger than Greater London. It is often split geographically, each area being referred to as North, West or the East Riding. More than 80% of Yorkshire is considered ‘urban’.
Yorkshire is home to two airports that have scheduled commercial airline services, Leeds Bradford International Airport (16th busiest in the UK) and Doncaster Sheffield, formerly Robin Hood, (26th busiest), which served more than 3.2 million and 690,000 passengers respectively in 2014.
The eastern border of Yorkshire is its 45 mile long coastline, looking out on to the North Sea. It includes the popular holiday spots of Whitby (the landing spot of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel), Bridlington, Scarborough, Robin Hood Bay, Filey and Hornsea. Many have been awarded the Blue Flag label for sustainability.
Sheffield is home to Yorkshire’s largest shopping centre, Meadowhall. With more than 400,000 visitors a week and 139,355m2 of floor space, it ranks as the 10th largest shopping centre in the UK
Manufacturing accounted for 15.3% of output in 2010, compared with the average of 10.8% for the UK.
Tourism is worth more than £7 billion, which is more than the whole tourism expenditure in Ireland or Denmark, and employs about 250,000 people
In total, Yorkshire’s economic output was £88 billion, double that of Wales and almost 7% of the UK’s total economic output.
See below for our breakdown of Yorkshire’s biggest economies.
|City||UK Rank||Gross Value Added (GVA)||GVA Per Head|
Yorkshire has two National Parks: the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, covering 1,762km2 and 1436km2 respectively. Together they attract about 20.3 million visitors a year.
North Yorks Moors Picture: Bernard Lepretre
The county’s best-known delicacy, by far, is the Yorkshire pudding, the earliest reference to which was in Hannah Glasse’s Art Of Cookery in 1747.
Wensleydale cheese originates from Yorkshire. The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, Wensleydale is the only maker of traditional Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. In 2013, Yorkshire Wensleydale was granted Protected Geographical Indication status by the European Commission
In 2010, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb was awarded Protected Designation of Origin status by the European Commission.
Parkin, the a gingerbread cake made with oatmeal and black treacle, originated in northern England and is often associated with Yorkshire, particularly the Leeds area.
The Tan Hill Inn, in Swaledale is said to be Britain’s highest pub at 1,732ft above sea level.
The Aakash restaurant, Cleckheaton claims to be the largest Indian restaurant in the world.
There are six Michelin Star restaurants in Yorkshire, more than any other region in England, outside of London: The Box Tree, Ilkley; Yorke Arms, Ramsgill near Harrogate; The Pipe and Glass, South Dalton; The Black Swan at Oldstead; The Star Inn at Harome; The Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds.
Yorke Arms at Ramsgill
Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK and consists of a diverse mix of urban and rural development with a heritage in agriculture, manufacturing, and mining.
After a long period of little change, it has been subject to a number of important reforms of local government structures in modern times. The most significant of these was the Local Government Act 1972 and the 1990s UK local government reform.
It currently corresponds to several counties and districts and is mostly contained within the old Yorkshire and the Humber region.
Yorkshire is split into several non-metropolitan counties, each consisting of many towns and cities that are highly valued within England for their economical and historical significance.
These are the 10 largest towns or cities in 2011
In the north: York, Harrogate, Scarborough, Redcar, Thornaby-on-Tee, Acomb, Ingleby Barwick, Yarm-on-Tees, Selby and Guisborough
Total Population: 1,072,600
In the east: Kingston upon Hull, Bridlington, Beverley, Goole, Cottingham, Hessle, Driffield, Elloughton-cum-Brough, Anlaby and Hornsea
In the south: Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley, Wath upon Dearne, Bentley, Wombwell, Chapeltown, Dinnington and Adwick le Street
In the west: Leeds, Bradford,Huddersfield, Wakefield, Halifax, Batley, Dewsbury, Keighley, Brighouse and Pudsey
Further details on Government in Yorkshire at: https://www.yorkshirenetwork.co.uk/yorkshire/government-in-yorkshire/
ENTERPRISES AND ECONOMY
|Local Authority||Enterprises||Local Units||Population||Enterprises Per 1000||Heads Per Enterprise|
|East Riding of Yorkshire UA||13,590||15,480||199,200||68.2||14.7|
|Kingston upon Hull||5,815||8,195||170,900||34.0||29.4|
|Yorkshire and Humber Total||147,640||176,330||2,785,800||57.0||19.4|
Information from: https://www.yorkshirenetwork.co.uk/yorkshire/enterprises-in-yorkshire/
Yorkshire has a mixed economy. The City of Leeds is Yorkshire’s largest city and is the main centre of trade and commerce. Leeds is one of the UK’s larger financial centres. Leeds’ traditional industries were mixed; service-based industries, textile manufacturing and coal mining being examples.
Bradford, Halifax, Keighley and Huddersfield once were centres of wool milling. Sheffield once had heavy industries, such as coal mining and the steel industry. Since the decline of such industries, Sheffield has attracted tertiary and administrative businesses including more retail trade; Meadowhall being an example. However, while Sheffield’s heavy industry has declined, the region has reinvented itself as a centre for specialist engineering.
Making Army shells during World War One at a Sheffield steel factory
North Yorkshire has an established tourist industry with the two national parks, Harrogate, York and Scarborough and such an industry is growing in Leeds.
Kingston upon Hull is Yorkshire’s largest port and has a large manufacturing base, its fishing industry has, however, declined in recent years. Harrogate and Knaresborough both have small legal and financial sectors. Harrogate is a European conference and exhibition destination with both the Great Yorkshire Showground and Harrogate International Centre in the town.
Coal mining was prolific in the south of the county during the 19th century and for most of the 20th century, particularly around Barnsley and Wakefield. As late as the 1970s, the number of miners working in the area was still in six figures. The industry was placed under threat on March 6, 1984 when the National Coal Board announced the closure of 20 pits nationally (some of them in South Yorkshire). By March 2004, a mere three pits remained open in the area. Three years later, the only remaining coal pit in the region was Maltby Colliery near Rotherham.
Business in Yorkshire spans many different industries and has produced many large British companies that are now recognised globally. These include; Morrisons (Bradford), Asda (Leeds), Jet2.com (Leeds), Ronseal (Sheffield), Optare (Leeds), Wharfedale (Leeds), Plaxton (Scarborough), Seven Seas (Hull), Halifax Bank (Halifax), Rank Organisation (Hull), Yorkshire Bank (Leeds), Yorkshire Building Society (Bradford), Ebuyer (Howden), GHD (Leeds), Marks & Spencer (Leeds), Burtons (Leeds), Jaeger (Ilkley), Magnet Kitchens (Keighley), Reckitt and Sons (Hull), McCains (Scarborough), First Direct (Leeds), Tetley’s Brewery (Leeds), Timothy Taylor Brewery (Keighley), Skipton Building Society (Skipton), Bettys and Taylors Group of Harrogate and Provident Financial (Bradford.)
Bettys tea rooms, Harrogate Picture: Harry Wood
Details of the top 250 businesses at: https://www.yorkshirenetwork.co.uk/yorkshire/top-250-businesses/
SOME OF THE ICONS OF YORKSHIRE
Barbara Taylor Bradford, author, Leeds
Sir Malcolm Bradbury, author and academic, Sheffield
John Braine, novelist, Bradford
The Brontë Sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne – writers, Thornton
The Bronte Sisters
Branwell Brontë, painter and writer, Thornton
Edward Keble Chatterton, maritime writer, Sheffield
Gertrude Spurr Cutts, painter, Scarborough
AA Dhand, author, Bradford
Kenneth Draper, sculptor and artist, Killamarsh
Andrea Dunbar, playwright, Bradford
John Elderfield, art curator, Yorkshire
Helen Fielding, author, Morley
Victoria Glendinning, writer, critic and broadcaster, Sheffield
John Atkinson Grimshaw, painter, Leeds
The Broomielaw, Glasgow by John Atkinson Grimshaw
David Hockney, artist, Bradford
Roger Hargreaves, writer, Cleckheaton
Barbara Hepworth, painter and sculptor, Wakefield
Ted Hughes, poet laureate, Mytholmroyd
Bernard Knox, classicist, and critic, Bradford
Andrew Marvell, poet, Winestead-in-Holderness
Nathaniel Mellors, artist and musician, Doncaster
Ian McMillan, poet, Darfield
Ian McMillan Picture: Steve Bowbrick
Henry Moore, sculptor, Castleford
Julie O’Neill, author, Yorkshire
John Pass, poet and teacher, Sheffield
J.B.Priestly, writer and broadcaster, Bradford
Chris Scott, author, Kingston upon Hull
Dame Edith Sitwell, poet and critic, Scarborough
Sir Osbert Sitwell, author and poet, Scarborough
Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, baronet, author, poet and art critic, Scarborough
Robert Swindells, author, Bradford
Robert Thompson, carpenter, Kilburn
Picture: Robert Thompson’s
Business and Commerce
Terry Bramall, civil engineer, housebuilding group chairman and philanthropist, Yorkshire
Sir David Brown, entrepreneur and industrialist, Huddersfield
George W.Buckley, businessman, Sheffield
Phil Burgan, founder Maria Mallaband Care Group, Sheffield
Rick Dickinson, industrial designer, Leeds
Samson Fox, engineer, industrialist and philanthropist, Bradford
Eddie and Malcolm Healey, entrepreneurs and Meadowhall developers, Kingston upon Hull
Dean Hoyle, retail entrepreneur and football club chairman, Heckmondwike
Baron Graham Kirkham, retail chief executive, Doncaster
Sir Ken Morrison, chairman store chain, Bradford
Sir Titus Salt, manufacturer, politician, and philanthropist, Morley
Sir Titus Salt
Peter Stringfellow, businessman and nightclub owner, Sheffield
Paul Sykes, businessman, political donor, and philanthropist, from Barnsley
Jack Tordoff, car dealership chairman, Bradford
Sir Malcolm Walker, retail entrepreneur, Huddersfield
Peter Wilkinson, internet entrepreneur, Harrogate
Film, TV and Stage
Mark Addy, actor, York
John Aldred, film sound engineer, Doncaster
Richard Alexander, actor, and TV presenter, Wibsey
Effie Bancroft, actress and theatre manager, Doncaster
Julian Barratt, actor and comedian, Leeds
Keith Barron, actor, Mexborough
Sean Bean, actor, Sheffield
Alan Bennett, playright and actor, Leeds
Rodney Bewes, actor, Bingley
Brian Blessed, actor, Mexborough
David Bradley, actor, York
Chuckle Brothers, children’s entertainers, Rotherham
Chuckle Brothers, Barry (left) and Paul Elliott Picture: Granny Margaret
Chris Bush, playwright and artistic director, Sheffield
Marti Caine, actress and comedian, Sheffield
Jim Carter, actor, Harrogate
Terence A. Clegg, film producer, Sheffield
Sir Tom Courtenay, actor, Hull
Sir Tom Courtenay Picture: Georges Biard
Angela Crow, actress, Wharfedale
Paul Daniels, illusionist and TV presenter, South Bank
Michael Denison, actor, Doncaster
Dame Judi Dench, actress, York
Dame Judi Dench Picture: Caroline Bonarde Ucci
Dynamo, magician, Bradford
Adrian Edmondson, comedian and actor, Bradford
Adrian Edmondson Picture: Bryan Ledgard
Fred Feast, actor,Scarborough
David Firth, animator, musician, writer, and actor Leeds
Peter Firth, actor, Bradford
Leigh Francis (Keith Lemon), actor and comedian, Leeds
James Frain, actor, Leeds
Brian Glover, actor and comedian, Sheffield
Richard Griffiths, actor, Thornaby-on-Tees
Jon Harris, film director, Sheffield
Charlton Heaton, actor, Bridlington
Bernard Hepton, actor, Bradford
Frankie Howerd, comedian and actor, York
Frankie Howerd Picture: Allan Warren
Ralph Ineson, actor, Leeds
Gordon Kaye, actor, Huddersfield
Sir Ben Kingsley, actor, Snainton
Charles Laughton, actor and screenwriter, Scarborough
George Layton, actor, director and author, Bradford
Kay Mellor, scriptwriter, actress and director, Leeds
Pat Paterson, actress, Bradford
Andrew Lee-Potts, actor, Bradford
Matthew Lewis, actor, Leeds
Sophie Lowe, actress, Sheffield
Sophie Lowe Picture: Eva Rinaldi
James Mason, actor, Huddersfield
Malcolm McDowell, actor, Leeds
Tony McHale, actor and producer, Bradford
James Roderick Moir (Vic Reeves), comedian actor and artist, Leeds
Julian Ovenden, actor and singer, Sheffield
Michael Palin, comedian and broadcaster, Sheffield
Michael Palin Picture: Chipps
Judy Parfitt, actress, Sheffield
Michael Rennie, actor, Idle, Bradford
Dame Diana Rigg, actress, Doncaster
Mark Ryan, actor, Doncaster
Paul Shane, comedian and actor, Thryberg
Jack Shepherd, actor, Doncaster
William Snape, actor, Sheffield
Sir Patrick Stewart, actor, Mirfield
Mollie Sugden, actress, Keighley
Dominic West, actor, Sheffield
Elizabeth White, actress, Rotherham
Jodie Whittaker, actress, Skelmanthorpe
Tom Wilkinson, actor, Wharfedale
Dame Penelope Wilton, actress, Scarborough
Dame Penelope Wilton Picture: FrankieF
Ernie Wise, entertainer, Leeds
Alcuin of York, scholar and ecclesiastic
Chris Baines, naturalist, environmentalist, landcscape architect, writer and TV presenter, Sheffield
John Baker, legal historian, Sheffield
Ralph Burton, soldier and Canadian settler, Scarborough
Jeremy Clarkson, TV presenter, Doncaster
Captain James Cook, explorer, Marton
Geoffrey Dawson, journalist, Skipton
Harry Gration, journalist and TV presenter, Bradford
Amy Green, model, Sheffield
Baroness Brenda Hale, judge and president of the UK Supreme Court, Richmond
Nina Hossain, journalist and TV presenter, Huddersfield
Amy Johnson, aviator Kington Upon Hull
William Kent, architect, Bridlington
Gabby Logan, gymnast and TV presenter, Leeds
Elizabeth Montagu, social reformer, patron of the arts and literary critic, Yorkshire
Chris Moyles, broadcaster and author, Leeds
Sir Michael Parkinson, journalist and TV presenter, Cudworth
Jeremy Paxman, TV presenter, journalist and author, Leeds
Marco Pierre White, chef. Leeds
Augustus Pitt-Rivers, army officer and archaeologist, Hope Hall, Weatherby
Anita Rani, TV presenter, Bradford
Selina Scott, TV presenter, Scarborough
John Smeaton, civil engineer, Leeds
Thomas Nettleship Staley, bishop, Sheffield
Thomas Nettleship Staley
Smith Wigglesworth, evangelist and faith healer, Menston
John Wycliffe, philosopher and theologian, Hipswell
Hugo Young, journalist, Sheffield
Arctic Monkeys, band, Sheffield
Asking Alexandria, band, York
Corinne Bailey Rae, singer-songwriter Leeds
Corinne Bailey Rae Picture: Ludovic Etienne
Sir Edward Bairstow, organist and composer, Huddersfield
Dame Janet Baker, opera singer, Hatfield
John Barry, composer, York
The Beautiful South, band, Hull
The Beautiful South
Bring Me The Horizon, band, Sheffield
Arthur Brown, singer, Whitby
Melanie Brown, singer, Leeds
Melanie Brown Picture: CHRIS
Dewey Bunnell, singer-songwriter, Harrogate
Eliza Carthy, folk musician, Scarborough
Michael Chapman, singer-songwriter, Hunslett
Tony Christie, singer, Conisbrough
Joe Cocker, singer, Sheffield
Joe Cocker Picture: Thesupermat
David Coverdale, singer, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
The Cribs, band, Wakefield
Kiki Dee, singer, Bradford
Def Leppard, band, Sheffield
Frederick Delius, composer, Bradford
Gang Of Four, band, Leeds
Vin Garbutt, singer, South Bank
Lesley Garrett, singer, Thorne
Gareth Gates, singer, Bradford
Heaven 17, band, Sheffield
The Human League, band, Sheffield
Kaiser Chiefs, band, Leeds
Kaiser Chiefs Picture: Truk14
Ann Lee, singer-songwriter, Sheffield
Zayn Malik, singer, Bradford
Jane McDonald, singer and TV presenter, Wakefield
Bill Nelson, musician, painter and photographer, Wakefield
John Newman, singer, Settle
Robert Palmer, singer, Batley
Robert Palmer Picture: Nathan Callahan
Pulp, band, Sheffield
Mick Ronson, guitarist, songwriter and producer, Hull
Kate Rusby, singer, Penistone
Indy Sagu, (Inderpal Singh Sagu) record producer, singer and DJ, Bradford
Shed Seven, band, York
Ed Sheeran, singer-songwriter, Hebden Bridge
Ed Sheeran Picture: Eva Rinaldi
Louis Tomlinson, singer, Doncaster
Kimberley Walsh, singer, model and actress, Bradford
Chris Wolstenholme, musician, Rotherham
Stuart Zender, musician and song-writer, Sheffield
Herbert Henry Asquith, prime minister, Morley
Baroness Alice Bacon MP, Normanton
Baroness Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons, Dewsbury
Baroness Betty Boothroyd Picture: UK Parliament
Baroness Elaine Burton , MP, Scarborough
Charles Frederick Crisp, US Congressman, Sheffield
Guy Fawkes, Gunpowder Plot conspirator, York
Samuel Gillott, lawyer and politician, Sheffield
William Hague, Conservative MP and party leader, Rotherham
William Hague Picture: Foreign Office
Sir John Hall, prime minister of New Zealand, Kingston upon Hull
Sir Edward James Harland, shipbuilder and MP, Scarborough
Sir Edward Harland Picture: By Peter Clarke, English Wikipedia
Sir Bernard Ingham, civil servant, Hebden Bridge
Sir Robert Michael Marshall, businessman and Junior Industry Minister, Sheffield
Gloria De Piero, journalist and MP, Bradford
William Pickering, Governor of Washington territory, US, York
Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, mayor of Auckland in New Zealand, Sheffield
Sir Henry Kenyon Stephenson, Lord Mayor of Sheffield and MP, Sheffield
William Wilberforce, MPand social campaigner, Kingston upon Hull
James Harold Wilson, prime minister, Huddersfield
Science and Inventors
Diana Anderson, biomedical-scientist, Bradford
Sir Edward Appleton, physicist Bradford
James Henry Atkinson, ironmonger and mousetrap inventor, Leeds
Sir Donald Bailey, inventor of the Bailey bridge, Rotherham
Sir Donald Bailey
William Bateson, biologist, Whitby
Dr George Birbeck, physician and academic, Settle
John Gatenby Bolton, astronomer, Sheffield
Joseph Bramah, inventor of hydraulic press, Barnsely
Harry Brearley, matallurgist and inventor of stainless steel, Sheffield
Henry Briggs, mathematician, Warleywood
Sir George Cayley, aeronautical engineer and designer, Scarborough
Thomas Crapper, plumber and bathroomware developer, Thorne
Charles Fairburn, railway electrical engineer, Bradford
Alfred Fowler, astronomer, Wilsden
John Harrison, horologist and mathematician, Foulby
John Hewitt, zoologist and archaeologist, Dronfield
Sir Fred Hoyle, astronomer and writer, Bingley
Peter Landin, computer scientist, Sheffield
David Mellor, designer and craftsman, Sheffield
David Mellor Picture: David Mellor Design
Julian Norton, vet, TV personality (the Yorkshire Vet) and author, Castleford
Joseph Priestley, physicist and chemist, Birstall
Dr Richard Richardson, botanist and physican, Bradford
John Alan Robinson, philosopher, mathematician, and computer scientist. Halifax
Helen Sharman, astronaut and chemist, Sheffield
Abraham Sharp, mathematician, Bradford
Percy Shaw, inventor of cat’s eye roadstuds, Halifax
George William Lamplugh, geologist and geographer, Driffield
John Obadiah Westwood, entomologist and archaeologist , Sheffield
Peter Wright, vet and TV personality (The Yorkshire Vet), Thirsk
Products and Brands
Asda, supermarket chain, Leeds
Cat’s Eye, roadstuds maker, Halifax
Harry Ramsden, fish and chip shops, Guiseley
Henderson’s Relish, sauce maker, Sheffield
JCT600 Ltd, Bradford
Marks and Spencer, store chain, Leeds
Morrisons, supermarket chain, Bradford
Pudsey Bear, mascot of Chidren in Need, Pudsey
Rowntree’s, confectioner, York
Rowtree’s factory, York Picture: Michael Jagger
Stainless Steel, Sheffield
Tetley’s Brewery, Leeds
Thorntons Chocolate, confectioner, Sheffield
Wensleydale Cheese, Wensleydale
Yorkshire Puddings, Yorkshire
Yorkshire Tea, Harrogate
Nicola Adams, boxer, Leeds
Nicola Adams Picture: Richard Gillin
Paul Anderson, rugby league player and coach, Castleford
Gordon Banks, footballer, Sheffield
David Batty, footballer, Leeds
Gareth Batty, cricketer, Bradford
Harold Dennis ‘Dickie’ Bird, cricketer and umpire, Barnsley
‘Dickie’ Bird Picture: Gareth J Dykes
Geoffrey Boycott, cricketer and commentator, Fitzwilliam
Geoffrey Boycott Picture: sigerson
Danielle Brown, Paralympic archer, Lothersdale
Alistair Brownlee, athlete, Dewsbury
Alistair Brownlee Picture: Jim Thurston
Jonathan Brownlee, athlete, Leeds
Sam Burgess, ruby league player, Dewsbury
Rob Burrow, rugby league player, Pontefract
Ed Clancy, cyclist, Barnsley
Ed Clancy Picture: CS-wolves
Hannah Cockroft, athlete and paralympian, Halifax
Katherine Copeland, rower, Ashington
Rachel Daly, footballer, Harrogate
Michael Dawson, footballer, Northallerton
Fabian Delph, footballer, Bradford
Thomas Dobson, rugby union player, rugby league player and sprinter, Bradford
Richard Dunn, boxer, Halifax
Simon Easterby, rugby union player, Harrogate
Dame Jessica Ennis, athlete, Sheffield
Dame Jessica Ennis Picture: Carfax2
Stuart Fielden, rugby league player, Halifax
Jack Firth, footballer, Doncaster
Darren Gough, cricketer, Barnsley
Naseem Hamed, boxer, Sheffield
Jessica Harrison, athlete, Sheffield
Alan Hinkes, mountaineer, Northallerton
Sir Leonard Hutton, cricketer, Pudsey
Sir Len Hutton
Dorthy Hyman, Cudworth, South Yorks
Innes Ireland, motor racing driver, engineer and writer, Mytholmroyd
Jamie Jones-Buchanan, rugby league player and actor, Leeds
Kevin Keegan, footballer and manager, Doncaster
Aaron Lennon, footballer, Leeds
Aaron Lennon Picture: Ytoyoda
Stuart McCall, footballer and manager, Leeds
Brian McDermott, rugby league player and coach, Wakefield
Steve McLaren, football manager, York
Paul Madeley, footballer, Leeds
Beth Mead, footballer, Whitby
James Milner, footballer, Leeds
Nicola Minichiello, bobsledder, Sheffield
Jamie Peacock, rugby league player and manager, Leeds
Jim Laker, cricketer and commentator, Shipley
Leon Pryce, rugby league player, Bradford
Jamie Reeves, wrestler, Sheffield
Jason Robinson, rugby league and rugby union player, Leeds
Joe Root, cricketer, Sheffield
Joe Root Picture: Airwolfhound
Danny Rose, Doncaster
David Seaman, footballer, Rotherham
Lucy Staniforth, footballer, York
John Stones, footballer, Barnsley
Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer, Summerbridge
Dame Jane Tomlinson, amateur athlete and charity fundraiser, Wakefield
Fred Trueman, cricketer, Maltby
Jamie Vardy, footballer, Sheffield
Kyle Walker, footballer, Sheffield
Josh Warrington, boxer, Leeds
Julian Watts, footballer and football manager, Sheffield
Howard Webb, football referee, Rotherham
Howard Webb Picture: Ronnie Macdonald
Dave Whelan, footballer, football club owner and businessman, Bradford
Justin Wilson, racing car driver, Sheffield
Dean Windass, footballer, Kingston upon Hull
Ernest Woodhead, rugby union player, Huddersfield
William Henry ‘Harry’ Wright, baseball player and manager, Sheffield
Yorkshire offers a whole world of sport. From our strong roots in football across almost every division, to comprising half of the rugby teams in Super League, to a top class cricket team with more than 150 years of history, you’ll find it all here.
The Yorkshire Enterprises Network’s sports platform gives information and history on each major club, as well as streams of their most recent news and links to their websites and social media accounts.
The YEN has produced a ‘Sport in Yorkshire’ video to commemorate and honour the strength and passion shown by our county in football, rugby league, cricket and cycling.
Go to https://www.yorkshirenetwork.co.uk/yorkshire/sport-in-yorkshire/ and click on the respective buttons to visit the pages for football, rugby league, cricket and cycling.
According to the industry.yorkshire.com website, Yorkshire has more racecourses than any other region: Ripon, Catterick, Beverley, Thirsk, Pontefract, Wetherby, York, Redcar and Doncaster
According to Visit Britain, the 10 most visited free attractions in Yorkshire in 2016 were:
1 Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery Museums & Art Galleries with 776,977 visitors; 2 National Railway Museum Museums & Art Galleries with 733,266; Yorkshire Sculpture Park Museums & Art Galleries with 523,921; 4 National Media Museum Museums & Art Galleries with 415,891; 5 Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens Museums & Art Galleries with 406,786; 6 Sheffield Botanical Gardens Gardens with 300,000; Leeds City Museum Museums & Art Galleries with 280,823; 8 Kirkstall Abbey Museums & Art Galleries with 233,816; 9 Museums Sheffield: Weston Park Museums & Art Galleries with 231,096; 10 The Hepworth Wakefield Museums & Art Galleries 210,275.
And the most visited paid-for attractions were:
1 Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo Leisure 1,610,556; 2 York Minster 610,159; 3 Scarborough Cliff Railway Railways 470,000; 4 The Deep Wildlife 427,027; 5 RHS Garden Harlow Carr Gardens 416,288; 6 Fountains Abbey 409,159; 7 Lotherton Hall & Gardens Museums & Art Galleries 384,149; 8 Tropical World at Roundhay Park 356,793; 9 Eureka! The National Children’s Museum Museums & Art Galleries 289,898; 10 York Castle Museum Museums & Art Galleries 275,156.
Championing Yorkshire tourism is the boast of Welcome to Yorkshire, website at https://www.yorkshire.com/
The Tourism Association for North Yorkshire at http://www.visityorkshire.com/
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is ‘here to conserve and enhance the National Park and to help others to share in and enjoy it’. Website at http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/
The North York Moors National Park Authority is responsible for ‘a special place, forged by nature, shaped over generations – where peace and beauty rub shoulders with a rich history and a warm welcome’. Website at http://www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/
YORKSHIRE IN THE NATIONAL NEWS
July 17, 2019
The famous and much-loved Bettys Tearoom is celebrating the centenary of the opening of the first cafe in Harrogate in 1919, reports the BBC. Bettys, now with branches in Northallerton, York and Ilkely, was founded just after World War 1 by Swiss baker and chocolatier Fritz Bützer. But, the BBC reports, no one knows where the name Bettys comes from
May 17, 2019
In an article reporting that Scarborough was leading the fightback by British seaside towns, the i newspaper said: “Figures from VisitEngland show that the North Yorkshire spa town and the wider borough – which includes nearby Whitby and Filey – is the most visited area outside London by British holidaymakers, with an average over 1.3 million trips a year
May 17, 2019
Richmondshire Today reported that the Mocha Cafe in Richmond was raising money for the town’s Yorkshire in Bloom preparations by selling special buns marked with political parties’ names to gauge customers feelings as the European elections loomed. The Brexit Party, the Lib Dems and the Yorkshire Party were doing well, according to sales.
May 1, 2019
The Guardian and other media reported how Leeds had become the first city in the UK to report a drop in childhood obesity after introducing a programme to help parents set boundaries for their children and say no to sweets and junk food.
March 12, 2019
The BBC reported that Horton-in-Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales was in the top five bases in the country for hikers. It said Ordnance Survey data placed it fourth with Edale, in the Peak District Britain’s favourite spot from which to start a walk.
February 28, 2019
The BBC reported that Yorkshire pudding had been chosen as the nation’s favourite regional dish. Second was the cream tea (from Cornwall/Devon), with Cornish pasty (Cornwall), Tikka Masala (Glasgow) and Bakewell tart (Derbyshire) finished off the top five. But the poll by Privilege Insurance found that only half of those who chose the Yorkshire pudding as their favourite actually knew how to make it.
February 22, 2019
The BBC and others reported on an RAF-American flypast over Sheffield that marked the 75th anniversary of the deaths of the American crew of the B-17 bomber Mi Amigo. Thousands watched from Endcliffe Park as the event was broadcast live by the BBC to highlight the dedication of local man Tony Foulds in caring for the park’s memorial to the airmen.
February 8, 2019
The Telegraph and others reported that Yorkshirewoman Jill Welham had won a prestigious international gardening photography competition despite not using a camera and having no interest in gardening. Jill , 52, from Richmond, beat thousands of others to be crowned International Garden Photographer of the Year with a cyanotype print, entitled Fireworks, made with vinegar and washing up liquid.
January 23, 2019
The i newspaper and other media reported that an official flypast would be held in Sheffied where Tony Foulds, 82, has tended a memorial to the ten US airmen that died who died in a wartime crash, laying wreaths and planting flowers. Tony was eight when he witnessed the American B-17 Flying Fortress, Mi Amigo, crash into Sheffield’s Endcliffe Park on February 22 1944. The story was revealed by the BBC presenter Dan Walker and became an international phenomenon.
November 24, 2018
The Mirror reported that great-grandad Brian Loughans has been voted the best take-away delivery driver in Britain. The 82-year-old got the award in London for his punctuality, reliability and cheerful attitude. Brian works for Kipling’s Indian restaurant in Sowerby Bridge, near Halifax, West Yorks.
November 23, 2018
The Yorkshire Post and others reported that Berwick Kaler, the longest serving pantomime dame in history, is to retired. Berwick, 72, who holds the record for appearing in a consecutive series of pantos in the same venue, is in his final run at the Theatre Royal, York.
November 22, 2018
The BBC reported that Leeds gymnast Ashley Watson, 26, had set a Guinness World Record by propelling himself 5.87m (19ft 3.1in) between horizontal bars. Ashley, a Great Britain squad member, set the feat at Leeds Gymnastics Club, in front of two independent witnesses and a chartered surveyor, who measured the distance.
November 12, 2018
The Teesside Gazette and others reported that England football manager Gareth Southgate had become ‘Honorary Yorkshireman’. The former Middlesbrough captain and manager was presented with the accolade at the White Rose Awards in Harrogate, the UK’s biggest annual celebration of tourism, which recognises the very best tourism businesses in Yorkshire. Gareth, who was born in Watford, has lived near Harrogate since 2001 after his transfer to Middlesbrough .
September 26, 2018
The Guardian was among many of the national media to report that a new stained glass window by Bradford-born artist David Hockney, and made in York, had been installed in Westmister Abbey. “… vibrantly coloured window – designed … on his iPad – shows blue skies and a red country path through blossoming Yorkshire Wolds hawthorn.” The window was commissioned to celebrate the Queen’s reign.
August 23, 2018
The BBC reported that a North Yorkshire fish and chip shop had translated its menu for Mandarin and Cantonese speakers to cope with an influx of Chinese tourists. “Scotts Fish and Chips near York has seen coachloads of visitors wanting to try the traditional dish.”
August 13, 2018
The Daily Mail and others reported on how historian Anne Fletcher had documented her great-great-uncle’s extraordinary life in her book, From the Mill to Monte Carlo, telling of bankrupt Bradford mill boss, who really did break the bank at Monte Carlo. Joseph Jagger devised “an ingenious and entirely legal method to win at roulette, in just a few months he pocketed a staggering £80,000, the equivalent of £7.5m today”.
August 9, 2018
The Hull Daily Mail reports that a bumper year for the city’s top tourist attractions helped Yorkshire record the highest increase in visitors of any English region during 2017. The feelgood factor of being the UK’s City of Culture saw record numbers of visitor figures flocking through the doors of Hull’s main venues and helpedYorkshire post a seven per cent increase in visitor numbers – the highest in the country.
August 9, 2018
The Yorkshire Post and others report that a Victorian railway station with its original waiting rooms, ticket office and an overgrown platform has gone on the market. The former Chapeltown Central Station near Sheffield, which closed in 1954, has been converted into a family home but retains many of its original features.
August 4, 2018
The Mirror reports how four brown bears kept in cruel conditions in a museum in Hokkaido, Japan for 17 years have been rehoused in the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster. The move to more expansive quarters marked the end of an 18-month rescue mission for the endangered animals.
July 4, 2018
The BBC was among news outlets reporting that a pied crow’s hearty greeting ‘Y’ alright luv’ has been greeting visitors to Knaresborough Castle, North Yorkshire. It was captured on film by visitors Lisa and Mark Brooks, who heard the bird chattering inside the castle grounds. ‘I found it absolutely hilarious. It must be a local, it has a proper Yorkshire accent. We were there for 15 minutes and it switched between saying ‘darling’ and ‘love’. Other people started coming over and were just in shock,’ said Lisa Brooks.
Crows are from the corvid family of birds, which are known for the ability to mimic human voices.
July 2, 2018
The Guardian wonders why so many of England’s World Cup footballers are from Yorkshire. The county has six players with the team in Russia. “Is it something in the water?” asks Frances Perraudin, the newspaper’s North of England reporter. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/02/why-are-so-many-of-england-world-cup-footballers-from-yorkshire
June 30, 2018
The Filey coastline was named Britain’s best beach, with a critic describing it as casting a spell that “turns you into a kid again”. The five-mile stretch of sand from the peninsula of Filey Brigg to the Bempton nature reserve, is a quarter of a mile wide at low tide and dotted with rock pools. Chris Haslam, chief travel writer for the The Sunday Times, placed the beach at the top of a list of 50, reports The Yorkshire Post. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/five-mile-filey-beach-is-named-best-in-uk-for-magic-in-its-sands-1-9228810
May 28, 2018
A bus route that passes through the North York Moors National Park is the most scenic journey in Britain, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. The 840 Coastliner service from York to Whitby won the title from a shortlist of more than 100 rural routes compiled by Bus Users UK. About 15,000 public votes were cast in the poll, which was the brainchild of bus enthusiast Paul Kirby, from Wetherby. https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-bus-route-is-named-the-most-scenic-in-britain-1-9183021
May 24, 2018
The Yorkshire Evening Post reports: “Yorkshire has been named as the UK’s hotspot for up-and-coming innovative young companies. Creative England’s annual CE50 list of the 50 most talented and able young enterprises contains a total of 10 from Yorkshire, more than any other region.” https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/business/yorkshire-named-uk-s-leading-region-for-creative-industries-1-9177998
May 22, 2018
The Craven Herald reported: “The 2018 Welcome to Yorkshire garden, inspired by the iconic Yorkshire Dales, has been awarded the highest honour at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.”
May 18, 2018
The Yorkshire Post reported on the completion of the 10-year restoration of the 600-year-old, stained-glass Great East Window at York Minster. “Yet, as work begins on the next phase of improvements to an iconic building that is a symbol of Christianity, and Yorkshire, it’s a reminder that this country must continue to invest in those traditional skills that are key to maintaining the country’s national heritage for centuries to come.” https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/the-yorkshire-post-says-a-window-of-hope-milestone-in-york-minster-restoration-1-9169728
May 10, 2018
The Yorkshire Post: Six years is a long time to go between pints, so the news that Tetley’s beer is once again to be brewed in Leeds will bring three hearty cheers to tap rooms across the county. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/our-region/west-yorkshire-and-the-dales/leeds/raising-a-glass-to-the-welcome-return-of-tetley-to-its-leeds-heartland-1-9157470
May 9, 2018
The Guardian: Incredible Edible: Yorkshire town’s food-growing scheme takes root worldwide. when two women began turning disused verges in the former mill town of Todmorden into free food plots, little did they realise they would inspire a global movement of growers. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/09/incredible-edible-yorkshire-towns-food-growing-scheme-takes-root-worldwide
i newspaper: Calderland – A “folk opera” that celebrates the response of the local community in Calder Valley to the devastating Boxing Day floods which hit the Yorkshire region in 2015 has won a prestigious classical music award. https://inews.co.uk/news/calderland
May 8, 2018
Cycling Weekly: As was a feature of the entire race, the huge crowds packed the sides of the road to watch the action unfold in a sort-out of the general classification, where Olympic champion Van Avermaet laid the groundwork for his eventual overall victory.
April 25, 2018
Yorkshire Party Deputy Leader Chris Whitwood applauds Doncaster Council’s plan to save what remains of the old girls’ grammar school building. Despite criticising the scheme’s design, Chris writes in The Yorkshire Post: “Nevertheless, it hopefully represents an important policy change from neglecting architectural heritage to a desire to revive it.”
April 3, 2018
On the 325th anniversary of John Harrison’s birth this article by Joe Sommerlad in the Independent newspaper tells how a self-taught Yorkshire clockmaker revolutionised naval navigation.
April 1, 2018
In a series called Jones the Planner, exploring architecture, urban design and planning issues, town planner/urban designer Adrian Jones and presenter Chris Matthews, a local historian and graphic designer, look at Halifax,Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.
May 16, 2017
The Independent reported that Yorkshire was the best region in Britain for workplace happiness and satisfaction. London only managed to make it to number five for happiness and came bottom for work satisfaction, according to research commissioned by recruitment agency Robert Half. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/yorkshire-and-humber-best-uk-region-happy-work-jobs-study-london-unhappy-workers-a7738756.html
YORKSHIRE ON FILM
Yorkshire’s ruggedly beautiful country, its historic towns and its marvellous characters have drawn film makers for generations. Here are just some of the unforgettable films that have featured the county.
In various lists published by different media we’ve selected the movies that have featured in their first couple of slots with a round-up of some of the best of the rest.
The British Film Institute (BFI) describes Yorkshire in film as “ where the a region of contradictions: homely in some movies, altogether menacing in others; a place of ugliness and despair in certain picture, and of immense beauty in more; a region where individuals seeking escape might happily lose themselves, but which others find paradoxically stifling. Urban areas can by grey and claustrophobic, and not uncommonly in a state of disrepair. Out in the country, however, we see a different side of Yorkshire: spacious, verdant and with an untouched purity.”
Among its highlights, the BFI chose The Night Has Eyes (1944) with “Huddersfield man James Mason as a Spanish civil war veteran living in seclusion on an impressionistically gloomy Yorkshire Moors in Leslie Arliss’s brief horror” and Bedelia (1946), which “characterises the Yorkshire countryside as a quaint territory virtually cut off from the rest of society”.
The Independent reported in 2015 on the set of Miss You Already “You might think that Drew Barrymore would be more at home in the Hollywood Hills than on the Yorkshire Moors. Yet here she is, standing on the famous Cow and Calf Rocks outside the market town of Ilkley, rain lashing down from the sort of apocalyptic sky that God’s own county does so well.”
It picked The Railway Children (1970) which with “Jenny Agutter famously waving her red bloomers was shot of the Keighley and Worth Valley Line, which still runs steam trains”. It followed with Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987): “The bleakly hilarious tale of life in inner-city Bradford was written by local girl Andre Dunbar, whose life was as tragic as her work.”
Time Out says: “There’s more to Yorkshire on screen than barren moorland and sloping Victorian terraces – you can also find romance, politics and, occasionally, Armageddon. It opted for Kes (1969): “Ken Loach delivered the first and still the greatest Yorkshire masterpiece with this heart-breaking tale of a boy and his kestrel. Brian Glover would go on to personify Yorkshireness in the eyes of the entire world.” It was followed by Brassed Off (1996) “thanks to a heartfelt script and some sparkling performances, the result is an air-punching example of Yorkshire pride”
The Yorkshire Post says: “Yorkshire’s stunning scenery and imposing cities have played starring roles in some of the UK’s best-loved films. It highlighted The Damned United (2009), the story of Brian Clough’s disastrous 44 days as manger of Leeds United Football Club, and The Railway Children.
The Yorkshire Evening Post goes for Four Lions (2010) saying “Chris Morris’ satire on British jihadist suicide bombers focuses on four members of the Muslim community in Sheffield and stars voice of phone-jacker Kayvan Novak.”
And it rates The Woman In Black (2012) “Although set in a fictional Edwardian-era English village, Crythin Gifford, the Yorkshire Moors almost take on the role of a character in this brooding and bleak reboot to the Hammer Horror franchise.”
Among just a few of the ‘Yorkshire films’ cropping up on many lists are: An American Werewolf in London (1981), Wuthering Heights (2011), The Full Monty (1997), Calendar Girls (2003), All Creatures Great and Small (1975), Billy Liar (1963), Agatha (1979), and Chicken Run (2000).
All film title links are to full entries on the IMDb – the Internet Movie Database – which describes itself as the world’s most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content
YORKSHIRE IN BOOKS
The Yorkshire Party is grateful to Helena Fairfax, a Yorkshire writer and editor, for allowing us to include her blog describing some of her favourite books featuring Yorkshire. Her co-operation does not signify support for the Yorkshire Party or its policies
Helena writes contemporary romances with sympathetic heroines and heroes. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards. She lives next to the windswept Yorkshire moors and walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it a perfect place in which to dream up her heroes and her happy endings.
May 26, 2018
The landscape and people of Yorkshire have inspired writers for hundreds of years. With its rich history and incredible variety, it’s no surprise the county has produced such a wealth of great literature. Here is a list of books, old and new, inspired by some of the locations in Yorkshire.
Whitby Picture: freeimageslive.co.uk – photoeverywhere“>photoeverywhereThe seaside town of Whitby, home to Bram Stoker, is the setting for some of the scenes in Dracula
A Woman of Substance, written by Yorkshire-born Barbara Taylor Bradford, is partly set in Leeds and the surrounding rural area.
In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed but resourceful servant girl, acquired a shrewd determination. There, she honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery, learned to survive, to become a woman, and vowed to make her mark on the world.
In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to magnificent wealth as the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. As one of the richest women in the world Emma Harte has almost everything she fought so hard to achieve–save for the dream of love, and for the passion of the one man she could never have.
Ross Raisin’s God’s Own Country (Out Backward in north America) is set in the Yorkshire moors.
Sam Marsdyke is a lonely young man, dogged by an incident in his past and forced to work his family farm instead of attending school in his Yorkshire village. He methodically fills his life with daily routines and adheres to strict boundaries that keep him at a remove from the townspeople. But one day he spies Josephine, his new neighbor from London. From that moment on, Sam’s carefully constructed protections begin to crumble—and what starts off as a harmless friendship between an isolated loner and a defiant teenage girl takes a most disturbing turn.
Dotheboys Hall, the infamous boarding school in Nicholas Nickleby, is also set on the Yorkshire moors, and of course the classics, The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
York has been the setting for so many great books, it’s hard to choose just one. So here are three…
Behind the Scenes at the Museum, by Kate Atkinson, is based on York’s Castle Museum.
Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster telling a woman in an emerald dress and a D-cup that he wasn’t married. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop in an ancient street beneath York Minster, with sensible and sardonic Patrica aged five, greedy cross-patch Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby…
Sovereign, by C.J. Sansom
Autumn, 1541. King Henry VIII has set out on a spectacular Progress to the North to attend an extravagant submission by his rebellious subjects in York.
Already in the city are lawyer Matthew Shardlake and his assistant Jack Barak. As well as legal work processing petitions to the King, Shardlake has reluctantly undertaken a secret mission for Archbishop Cranmer – to ensure the welfare of an important but dangerous conspirator who is to be returned to London for interrogation.
But the murder of a York glazier involves Shardlake in deeper mysteries, connected not only to the prisoner in York Castle but to the royal family itself. And when Shardlake and Barak stumble upon a cache of secret documents which could threaten the Tudor throne, a chain of events unfolds that will lead to Shardlake facing the most terrifying fate of the age . . .
The novels by Reginald Hill featuring detectives Dalziel and Pascoe, and made into an excellent BBC series, are all set round York. Bones and Silence is about the York mystery plays.
One woman dead and one threatening to die set Yorkshire’s police superintendent Dalziel and Inspector Pascoe on a chilling hunt for a killer and a potential suicide. A drunken Dalziel witnesses the murder that others insist is a tragic accident. Meanwhile the letters of an anonymous woman say she plans to kill herself in a spectacular way…unless Pascoe can find her first. Dalziel has been picked to play God in a local Mystery Play, but can he live up to his role by solving this puzzling psychological thriller…or unveiling the passions and perversions that lie hidden in the human heart?
James Herriot’s vet novels, including All Creatures Great and Small, are set in rural north Yorkshire and were made into a massively popular TV series. The books have sold over 80 million copies!
A more recent book set in the Dales is Mary Jayne Baker’s A Bicycle Made for Two, a romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire.
In a lost corner of the Yorkshire Dales, Lana Donati runs a medieval theme restaurant, Here Be Flagons, with her brother. When she hatches a plan to boost business by getting the Grand Départ route to pass through their village, the small community must work together to convince the decision-makers they’re Tour material. Not easy when the cast of characters involved includes Lana’s shy, unlucky-in-love brother Tom, man-eating WI chair Yolanda, bickering spouses Gerry and Sue, arrogant TV star Harper Brady, and Lana’s arch-nemesis, former pro cyclist turned bike shop owner Stewart McLean, whose offbeat ideas might just cost them everything.
The Year of the Runaways, by Sunjeev Sahota, is set in Sheffield, and is on my reading list.
Three young men, and one unforgettable woman, come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new—to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea what awaits them.
In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar and Randeep are middle-class boys whose families are slowly sinking into financial ruin, bound together by Avtar’s secret. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife across town, whose cupboards are full of her husband’s clothes in case the immigration agents surprise her with a visit.
She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of them all.
Bradford is the setting for Jon McGregor’s award-winning If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things
On a street in a town in the North of England, ordinary people are going through the motions of their everyday existence – street cricket, barbecues, painting windows… A young man is in love with a neighbour who does not even know his name. An old couple make their way up to the nearby bus stop. But then a terrible event shatters the quiet of the early summer evening. That this remarkable and horrific event is only poignant to those who saw it, not even meriting a mention on the local news, means that those who witness it will be altered for ever.Jon McGregor’s first novel brilliantly evokes the histories and lives of the people in the street to build up an unforgettable human panorama. Breathtakingly original, humane and moving, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things is an astonishing debut.
This is just a very small selection of the best of Yorkshire. There are many more classic and new books I didn’t have room for!
- Hebden Bridge – an old mill town in West Yorkshire – is the setting for Miss Moonshine’s Emporium of Happy Endings, an anthology of stories put together by a group of nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire. I’m delighted to represent Yorkshire as part of the group!
Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium has stood in the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge for as long as anyone can remember. With her ever-changing stock, Miss Moonshine has a rare gift for providing exactly what her customers need: a fire opal necklace that provides a glimpse of a different life; a novel whose phantom doodler casts a spell over the reader; a music box whose song links love affairs across the generations. One thing is for certain: after visiting Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, life is never the same again…