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The Best Bands of Yorkshire

Yorkshire has a proud musical heritage in a variety of genres – one we’ve covered before in these pages. However, it is definitely rock and guitar music which has made Yorkshire cities famous for their thriving musical output. This bands on this list have 16 UK top 10 singles and three number ones between them. Not bad for a county of only 5 million people! Arctic Monkeys Formed in 2002 in Sheffield, it only took three years for the Alex Turner fronted band to grab their first UK number one with the riotously raw I Bet That You Look Good...

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Poets of Yorkshire

The county of Yorkshire is one of unparalleled natural beauty, so it is no wonder that it has inspired some of the British Isles best poets over the years. Plus, poets just love walking – as it gives them tranquillity and time for reflection - and Yorkshire has some of the most famous and scenic trails in the country. So dear reader, it’s time to fall upon our way and see what this fairest blogger had to say, about the greatest poets of Yorkshire from ancient to the modern day. Ted Hughes ‘The convenience of the high trees! The air's...

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Breweries of Yorkshire

In recent years, there has been a craft brewing revolution in the UK. The number of breweries around the country increased to over 2000 operating businesses in 2018. Although a lot of these are based in or around the commercial hubs of Manchester and London, the Yorkshire area has a proud brewing heritage upon which to build on. Many delicious new and old beers are produced in the county, that export to the rest of the country and the European continent. What then, are just three of the best breweries Yorkshire has to offer? Timothy Taylor The oldest brewer on...

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The Best Schools in the Yorkshire Area

For many families, an abundance of top-quality schools and schooling facilities is one of the main factors when choosing where to live. Luckily, the Yorkshire area has some of the best primary and secondary schools in the country. From selective grammar schools founded many hundreds of years ago to state comprehensives that have been rocketing up the local and national league tables in the past few years, here are just a few of Yorkshire’s finest educational establishments. Ripon Grammar Founded in 1555, this selective grammar and boarding school in Ripon, North Yorkshire is one of the top-performing schools in the...

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Why is This Yorkshire Fish & Chip Shop so Popular with Chinese Tourists?

The city of York, being one of the most historic towns in the UK, is well known for attracting thousands of Chinese tourists each year. In fact, the whole Yorkshire area has seen visitor numbers from the Asian economic powerhouse rise by 77% in 2018. But one unexpected benefactor of this booming trade, is Scott’s Fish and Chips on the A64 just outside the town. Due to its prime location on the main coach route between York and London, it has always been a popular stop off for tourists. But the numbers started going up a gear in 2016. The...

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Yorkshire News Stories You Might Have Missed (September 2018)

The world is a big place, and a lot goes on in it. So, it just might be that you may have missed out on some local news this month that will be affecting the Yorkshire area. From the restoration of old properties to the building of new ones, here are just two of Yorkshire’s biggest breaking news stories from this month. Cash Boost for Historic Building Rescues As you may well know, especially if you’ve read our history of Yorkshire series, this county is absolutely packed with places and events of historical significance. But not all of this heritage...

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All in the name: Two Things Named after Yorkshire

As frequent readers of these pages should know, Yorkshire has given the world a lot of important things. From the industrial revolution, to famous foods and musicians, this Northern county has been a hub of creativity for hundreds of years. But, as far as we know, only two world-famous things have spread the Yorkshire name around the world along with their success. These are: Yorkshire Pudding The first recorded evidence of this meat dripping and batter based savoury pudding comes from a recipe book in 1737. Called The Whole Duty of a Woman, it referred to them as ‘dripping pudding’,...

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Tea and a Biscuit? Three Global Confectionary Brands with Yorkshire Origins

Yorkshire has contributed a lot to the economy, history and culture of the UK. But one area not as many of you may be familiar with, is the number of popular food and beverage manufactures that have sprung up in this glorious county over the years. In fact, confectionery first developed in Yorkshire is now sold all over the world and exported by massive global conglomerates like Nestle and the Mondolez International. From party rings, to fruit pastilles, jelly babies and liquorice, All Sorts let us count down some of the county’s tastiest offshoots. Fox’s Biscuits Founded in a terraced...

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The Industrial Heritage of Yorkshire

The Yorkshire region’s many scenic canals and viaducts, functional steam railways and former factories converted into nightclubs, museums and more, are testament to the area’s industrial past. The cities of Sheffield and Bradford in particular were of much importance to the Industrial Revolution. This era cemented Britain’s place as a global power and helped lead to the growth of the empire across the world. Whatever the consequences of that expansion, there is no denying that the Yorkshire area had a prominent role to play in this period that revolutionised industry across the world. Powering the Country One of the biggest...

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A Brief History of Tudor & Stuart Yorkshire

We last left off our epic serialised history of the county of Yorkshire in 1489, when the Yorkshire Rebellion of Sir John Egremont was put down by the new Tudor king Henry VII. For many years after that, nothing much of major historical significance occurred in the county. The next set of key events occurred between 1536 and 1540. The Start This year marked the end of Henry VIII’s campaign to reduce the influence of the Catholic Church in England, known as the Dissolution of the Monasteries. From Roche Abbey in the South of the county to Guisborough Priory in...

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