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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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Rare Wildlife in Yorkshire

The county of Yorkshire, and specifically the Yorkshire Dales, hosts some of the most attractive and panoramic natural scenery in the whole of the United Kingdom. So, it is only natural then, that the large swathes of undisturbed landscapes here are also home to some of the country’s most endangered, rare or downright beautiful animal species as well. Since the early 2000’s the National Trust has been campaigning to keep the Dales unspoiled and wild, as a fit habitat for endangered species across the county – and by all accounts they have been quite successful. Join us then, as we...

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The Media and Yorkshire

Yorkshire has given the media the years the perfect venue to shoot both films and television series. The wide variety of landscapes has provided producers with the perfect settings for many of their projects and the sight of a television crew working away is not a common uncommon sight when travelling around the county. The industrial landscape of Sheffield was the perfect location for the 1997 comedy film “The full Monty”. The film featured the fortunes of six unemployed Sheffield steelworkers who in their desperation to find employment and earn money, decide to form their own male striptease act. [caption...

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Yorkshire’s Top Football Teams

Amongst the extensive list of things that make the county of Yorkshire so special, is most definitely football. Not only is Yorkshire home to Sheffield F.C, the FIFA certified oldest continually operating football club in the world, but several of England’s most historically successful football clubs too. With only Huddersfield representing for the county in the Premier League in the 2018/19 season, top-tier glory might be thin on the ground these days – but Yorkshire will always have a long and proud footballing history. Here are the three biggest clubs that have contributed to that. And just in case you...

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The protected areas of Yorkshire

The county of Yorkshire possesses some of the most beautiful countryside in the United Kingdom. Sometimes the beauty of the county is hidden by the wet and wild climate which at times makes being outside in the countryside not a very pleasant experience. The county is home to a number of National Parks, different AONB, and a variety of Sites of Scientific Interest. This means that the land is now conserved and protected, and is also managed in a manner that makes it more accessible than it ever has been before. The industrial revolution made the county economically rich but...

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Medieval Yorkshire (Part 3)

We last left of our history Yorkshire at the start of the Hundred Years War in 1349, after the ruin of the Black Death weakened the position of the English kings. The next few hundred years of history, saw several bloody wars fought in Yorkshire including a few peasant rebellions and the infamous War of The Roses. With one of the two families at the centre of the war, the House of York, clearly aligned with Yorkshire, many decisive battles of the conflict happened in this county. Year of 1460-1461 This year marked the first battle of the Wars of...

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Medieval Yorkshire (Part 2)

We last left our epic saga of Yorkshire’s history in 954 AD, when King Eric of Norway was slain by King Edred of England at the battle of Stainmore – thus marking the end of Viking rule in the Yorkshire area. However, the Scandinavians were to return for one last at crack at a British invasion, in the famous events leading up to the Norman Invasion of 1066. Eleventh century The English King Edward the Confessor died at the beginning of this year, sparking a contested succession which would lead to war. Norwegian Harold Hardrada, Anglo Saxon Harold Godwinson and...

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