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Yorkshire Sports Heroes

Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee These two World Champion & Olympic medal winning triathletes were born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire. They have won over 20 triathlete medals at top international competitions between them and have come first at the World Championships three times (Alistair twice and Jonny once). They have both trained in or near the city of Leeds for much of their careers. Alistair was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or an MBE, in 2013. Kevin Keegan [caption id="attachment_100" align="alignright" width="237"] Kevin Keegan[/caption] This football legend played for Liverpool, Hamburger SV, Newcastle FC...

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The Food and Drink of Yorkshire – Part 2

With Yorkshire being at the centre of many different food products in the country it is hardly surprising that it also has some of the nation’s top restaurants. The Black Swan at Helmsley in North Yorkshire was voted in 2015 as the nation’s top restaurant by Trip Advisor. The Michelin stared restaurant is owned by the Banks family who have been running the establishment since 2006 but have lived in the area for generations. [caption id="attachment_72" align="alignright" width="275"] The Yorke Arms in its splendid surroundings[/caption] Having come from a farming background head chef Tommy Banks has skilfully sourced local produce...

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The Food and Drink of Yorkshire – Part 1

Food and drink production in Yorkshire is renowned around the world. Certain recipes have been around for centuries, yet the county’s culinary path has followed, and in a way reflects its history. One of the most famous British dishes is the Sunday Roast and it is thought that it emanates from Yorkshire. The dish involves a main course of roasted meat of either beef, chicken, lamb or pork, accompanied by a selection of vegetables and gravy. [caption id="attachment_66" align="alignright" width="259"] A traditional Yorkshire pudding[/caption] The most traditional meat is beef, and this is served with “Yorkshire Pudding”. The pudding is...

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The Architecture of Yorkshire

Yorkshire is home to 2,300 ancient monuments and around 32,000 listed buildings. The architecture of the region has been shaped by various building periods that has reflected the styles of each particular period. Landscapes and skylines have been adjusted and altered over time. This has been as a result of new buildings being created and also of old ones being destroyed by either war or fire. There has also been occasions that man has chosen to alter the landscapes himself by demolishing certain buildings. [caption id="attachment_61" align="alignright" width="267"] Rievaulx Abbey[/caption] This has left Yorkshire with a rich supply of buildings...

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The Writers from Yorkshire

The county of Yorkshire has captivated the imagination of many a writer. Novels, plays and poems have emanated from the area for a number of years and just the character of the county itself is enough to fire the creative gene in most writers. It is possible to divide the novelists that have been writing about the county for years and modern-day writers who see Yorkshire in a very modern-day light, and one that the older generations would not recognize. [caption id="attachment_51" align="alignright" width="177"] Wuthering Heights inspired by life in Yorkshire[/caption] The Bronte sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne were born...

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The Musicians, Artists, and Writers from Yorkshire

Yorkshire has a strong arts history dating back thousands of years. Its rich history has resulted in the county having its own brand of traditional music and traditional arts which is show cased each year with traditional festivals. One of the most famous festivals is the Swaledale Festival which is held each year in the three most northerly dales, Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale. For two weeks at the end of May and beginning of June, there are musical performances that cover a wide spectrum. There are classical performers, jazz artists, folk musicians, brass bands and many more. [caption id="attachment_45" align="alignright"...

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Tourism in Yorkshire

Tourism in Yorkshire is an expanding business. The region has been popular for years with domestic visitors but there has been an increasing pattern of tourists from overseas being attracted into the county. Tourism is now worth in excess of 7 billion pounds to the Yorkshire economy which represents 7.2% of the county’s income. It employs 11% of the total work force with 243,000 people employed in it. The seaside resorts on the east coast has been attracting visitors for years. It is claimed that Scarborough is the oldest resort in Britain with the Spa attracting visitors from as early...

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The people of Yorkshire

The people of Yorkshire

The people of People of Yorkshire are known as “Yorkshiremen”, and over the years a stereotypical picture of a “Yorkshiremen” has been painted of them by many different people emanating from outside of the county. It is wrong to “tar people with the same brush” yet there are certain similarities in the population that do ring true. They are seen by some as a determined people, that can be seen by others as stubborn. They refer to Yorkshire as “Gods own County” and many believe that they are “Yorkshiremen” first and English second. This stubborn loyalty to the county certainly...

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Industry in Yorkshire

The county of Yorkshire experienced great industrialisation during the 19th century. It was at the heart of the rapid growth of industry in towns and cities in England, which saw the associated rapid population growth in these areas. This has brought great wealth to the county but as well as bringing success there has been problems especially with the onset of deindustrialization. Yorkshire has had to adapt its industry to changing economic patterns in order to employ its inhabitants. [caption id="attachment_32" align="alignright" width="267"] The Great Yorkshire Show and its produce[/caption] The oldest industry in the county is agriculture. For as...

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The Cities and Towns of Yorkshire – Part 2

The second largest city in the county is Sheffield which is situated at the confluence of the River Don and the River Sheaf. There were Celtic fortresses at Wincobank, Carl Work and Scholes Wood. This area was home to the Brigante tribe and the surrounding flood plains gave rich agricultural soils for the crops to grow on. Even in the 14th century Sheffield was mentioned in Chaucers, The Canterbury Tales for its production of knives. By the end of the 16th century it was seen as the main producer of cutlery outside of London. It was an ideal location for...

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