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A brief history of Early Yorkshire

The area of Yorkshire in Northern England has been home to humans since 8000BC, since the Ice Age glaciers retreated North and left the land habitable. The origins of modern Yorkshire begin in 1055, when the name was first written down in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Let us chronicle just some of the key places and events of the ancient Yorkshire area. 10,000 BC [caption id="attachment_148" align="alignright" width="300"] Plate V from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Vol I.[/caption] At this time, a possible bridge of ice still linked the area and mainland Europe. The first evidence of human activity in the Yorkshire area...

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Moors & Market Towns: The Physical and Human Geography of Yorkshire

Yorkshire is the biggest county in the UK. Stretching nearly 12,000 square kilometres it has various microclimates, geological topographies and natural features. From wild and uncultivated moors, to its rolling hills or rugged coastline – Yorkshire has some of the most spectacular unspoilt countryside in the whole of the UK. Small wonder many locals and visitors alike have called it ‘God’s Own County’ for hundreds of years. Physical Historically, Yorkshire’s natural borders have been and remain the River Tees to the North, the Humber Estuary to the South, the Pennine Hills to the West and the craggy North Sea coast...

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The Best Universities in Yorkshire

The UK is well known and respected around the world for its old and prestigious Universities. So, it’s no wonder that Yorkshire too has some top class educational institutions. From the perennial student party towns of Leeds and Sheffield to the historical calm of York, down your drinks and let’s count the down the top four Universities in the great county. Leeds Founded in 1831, Leeds University has 33,000 students each year - making it the 5th biggest Uni by student size in the UK. It’s also in the prestigious Russel Group, along with Sheffield and York who also made...

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Sport in Yorkshire – Part 2

Yorkshire is the home to many of the top sides that play in Super League’s Rugby League competition. One of the competitions most successful sides are the Leeds Rhinos who play their games at Headingly. They play of the pitch alongside the cricket stadium, so do not share the same grass, and over recent decades no club side in the country has had the same success as the Rhinos. Since the Super League first started in 1996, Leeds have won the competition eight times, setting a record. Previous to that, they competed in the Rugby Football League since its inception...

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Sport in Yorkshire – Part 1

Sport in Yorkshire is taken very seriously and the county prides itself on having some of the strongest sides in the country. This is especially true of the sports that field representative sides from the county and every Yorkshire side that steps on to the field, or the court, on the track, or even in the pool, will truly believe that they are representing the strongest county in the country. The emblem worn on every Yorkshire representative shirt, or vest, is the white rose. The flower represents the House of York which the county sided with during the English Civil...

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Oldest Buildings in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a county rich in history – from mysterious standing stones, to ancient churches and monumental cave systems. Even the landscape feels and looks ancient in places, with rock formations dating back millions of years. Read on for the surprising, and sometimes morbid, history of some the county’s most aged buildings. Ripon Cathedral First established in 672, this fantastic stone cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt four times over the 1350 years it has been used as a place of worship. The original crypt still stands to this day and is open to visitors at various times throughout the...

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Weird Side of Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a legendarily beautiful county, but also steeped in history and British folklore. Leylines, ancient standing stones, crumbling abbeys and other mysterious features punctuate the often-misty landscape of this expansive county. But what are some of the most exciting and interesting things you can do here? Explore Ancient Cave Systems The Yorkshire Dales are a world famous upland area that attracts thousands of ramblers, hikers, holidaymakers and other tourists every year. But what many of them don’t know, is that is also home to one of Europe’s (and the UK’s) largest cave system. Crossing three county borders and spanning...

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Haunted Skulls and Standing Stones: The Mysteries of Yorkshire’s Wold Newton Triangle

There are many mysterious and historic places in the expansive and diverse county of Yorkshire, but not many of them can lay claim to being as infamous and strange as the Wold Newton Triangle. Centred around the village of Wold Newton, the triangle lies between the cities of Scarborough and York. The peak of the triangle extends out towards Flamborough Head with the edges passing close by to the towns of Filey and Bridlington. Ancient Dragons The town of Filey has a promontory that extends miles out into the sea – local legends holds that it was formed by a...

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The Best Pubs in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is famous for its scenic walks and many, many pubs. In fact, the village of Otley in West Yorkshire has the most pubs per inhabitant in the UK. But where are the best places to sup a pint in this iconic Northern county? Obviously, this is not a definitive list by any means. Green Dragon, Hardraw Not many pubs can claim they have a gorgeous waterfall out back. Not so this 13th century public house in the wonderfully named, if tiny, hamlet of Hardraw in North Yorkshire. Known as Hardraw Force, this waterfall is just off the famous Pennine...

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The 3 Yorkshire Born Prime Ministers

Yorkshire has a long and noble history, with the first mention of the modern name occurring in the 11th century. Throughout these hundreds of years, many famous generals, noblemen and other notables have been born among its hallowed dales. However, only three Yorkshire born men have gone on to become Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom. So, without further ado, let us introduce these three proud sons of the great county. Charles Watson-Wentworth (1765 – 1766 & 1782 – 1782) Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, was a man of many titles. The Right Honourable Viscount Higham, Earl of Malton,...

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