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The Yorkshire Diary

2008

February

Dog bites two Otley rugby players. The winter of 1963. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been banned from 105 pubs and clubs in and around Skipton. Yorkshire Dales Kissing Friday. Street lights in Leeds. Yorkshire Ridings Magazine. Yorkshire is under threat. Michael the decorator.

Spring

Earthquake in Yorkshire. Durham Cathedral in Yorkshire? Both coasts at the same time. A couple of days in London. Yorkshire Soul Food. Closure of English pubs. Cancellation of the Ripon pancake race.

Summer

Morris Dancers. Road signs. Sheriff Hutton Castle. Barnsley gets some stick. Road accidents. Cooling towers next to the M1 between Sheffield and Rotherham. Direct line to God.

Autumn

Admiration for the residents of Birks Road, Huddersfield. Tourism now employs 10,000 people in York. Brideshead Revisited. Hebden Bridge. Battle of Towton. British Naturist Society at the Tan Hill Inn.

December

Morrison’s in Yeadon. Lancashire Day. Britain’s best town halls. Yorkshire’s wapentakes. Holy Trinity Church, Leeds. The Great East Window of York Minster. A Yorkshire Miscellany.

2007

January

Warmest January night ever recorded in Yorkshire. Travelling through South Milford. Unmitigated England by Peter Ashley. Bill Bryson. West End Golf Club in Halifax. Visit to Lord’s. Sheriff Hutton.

March

A little snow fell February. Stuart Reid holidaying in the Yorkshire Dales. BBC Radio 2 disc jockey. A raconteur from Barnsley. County Watch. Hellifield Peel. JCT 600 headquarters. The Taj Mahal.

Summer

Yorkshire Culture. Moira and Wendy, the ladies who lunch. River fence in Otley. Runaway cow shot dead by police. Stepping-stones at Studley Royal. Football in Yorkshire. Barcelona. The Rhubarb Triangle.

Late Summer

Summer floods in Yorkshire. James Herriot. Texts for today. The Ridings. Spurn Head. The West Wing. Remembrance service at York Minster. Butcher in Barnsley. William Wilberforce. Geoff Boycott.

November

The most horrid place to live in the UK. Spence Broughton and the Sheffield to Rotherham mail coach. Monkey hangers. Robbie Coltrane. Miles Coverdale. Carelessly discarded yesterdays. Affordable towns.

December

A new dustbin. New offices in Leeds. The Oldie magazine. James Toseland. Hull’s Victorian railway station. Vicar suspended from his parish near Whitby. Fish and chips from Murgatroyd’s, Yeadon.

2006

January

Strictly Come Dancing. Willis Hall & Keith Waterhouse. Richard Whiteley’s memorial service. White Truffle Yorkshire Pudding. High Royds at Menston. Lassie in the Yorkshire Dales. Market Weighton.

Spring

A whale in the Thames. Crowing cocks. Kirkstall Abbey. Thornborough Henges. Old cobbles in Beverley. England and Englishness. Leeds Town Hall. The meretricious Yorkshire Life Magazine.

Summer

The Kaiser Chiefs. Constantine proclaimed Emperor at York. Sheffield United. Yorkshire’s identity. Craven Herald and Pioneer. The USS Bonhomme Richard. Whitby, Britain’s top seaside resort. News in brief.

August

Hottest July ever recorded in England. Fred Trueman died at the age of 75. Yorkshire Day celebrations. Giant Bradley Day. Westminster Abbey. Discovery trips with Alistair Hall. Earthworks at Stanwick Camp.

December

Betty's Ilkley. Jenny Agutter. Paul Hunter. Butcher in Yeadon. Christmas lights in Scarborough. Clive Sullivan Way, Hull. Ilkley Bookshop. United States flag.

2005

February

Woman attacks her brother with sticks of rhubarb. Filey - the truth is out there. Archbishop of York. Allerton Castle partly destroyed by fire. Trouble at Ilkley railway station.

Spring

Exotic birds in Huddersfield. Snape Local History Group. Bradford Grammar School. Yorkshire Tourist Board - 'Make Yorkshire Yours'. Kingston upon Hull. Maundy money at Wakefield cathedral. News in brief.

Summer

General election. John Prescott. Middlesbrough Football Club. Boll***s to Alton Towers. The Pennine Way. St George’s Day. Favourite market towns. Holidays at home.

August

Richard Whiteley, 1944-2005. Royal Ascot at York. The New Yorker encourages Americans to visit Britain. Best of the Worst in British Shop Names. Violent thunderstorms in Yorkshire. Portrait of Britain. The Gunpowder Plot.

October

Storms in Wharfedale. The Ashes series. False Tooth Bridge. The BBC’s Coast. Market towns. The Pork Pie Appreciation Society. ‘Rhubarb woman in custody’.

2004

February

Richmond, N. Yorks. Yorkshire Flag in Sproxton. The wonders of Holly. The Hubberholme Triangle. England’s Thousand Best Houses. American F15E Strike Eagle.

Spring

Woman married to four men at the same time. Couple marry in supermarket. Favourite English market town. Theft of Yorkshire stone. Was Leeds a Roman settlement? Civil War battlefield.

Summer

Yorkshire’s flower. English Bluebell. Yorkshire football clubs. Robin Hood Airport. Yorkshire Universities. The Flying Scotsman. Alistair Cooke. Washing line war in Skipton.

August

Yorkshire Day. Redevelopment in Bradford. Local elections. Racecourses in Yorkshire. Cotswolds. The Grammar School at Leeds. Washing Line War in Skipton (continued).

Autumn

Yorkshire comedians. Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey. Kildwick Hall. Arkengarthdale. Swaledale. Carved stones found in Burnsall. Harrogate stolen painting.

December

Trouble at t’cathedral. Bill Foggitt. Michael Theakston. Regional assembly. Ascot races in York. Wheel clamping in Haworth. University College, Durham. The Yorkshire Post. David Rogerson’s mechanical terrier.

2003

February

Staincross. Leeds City Square. Harrogate. Stonegate, York. Hunchbacked dwarf of Bradford.

Spring

Yorkshire - Queen of counties. Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey. Yorkshire pubs. Henry VI & more...

June

Australia. Radio 4. M62 motorway. The Rhubarb Triangle. English eccentrics. Pateley Bridge. Agatha Christie. Giles Coren and Betty's. Prince Charles. Newby Hall. Allerton Park. Halifax fire.

Late Summer

'Over the Hills and Far Away'. Britain’s most loathed towns. Halfcrowns. Famous Yorkshiremen and women. York Minster. War in Iraq. A naked man walking through the Dales.

Winter

Autumn colours. Motorway signs. Leeds voted England’s favourite city for visitors. Calendar Girls. 'Crap Towns.' Regional assembly for Yorkshire. Bradfield. The Princess. Ripon.

2002

January

'Britain in Snow Hell.’ The Church of England. The Prince of Wales. God has to be a Yorkshireman.

February

Boy King of England. Pontefract Castle. The British Currency. Saltaire. Stoodley Pike. A Parrot.

March

Molesworth books. 450th anniversary of Leeds Grammar School. Ripley Castle. Rawdon.

April

Black Dyke Band. The Yorkshire Post. 'The Deep' submarium. David Puttnam. The West Wing.

May

St George’s Day. Scarborough's Grand Hotel. Prehistoric Ilkley. Poor old soul from Huddersfield.

Summer

The Great Yorkshire Show. The Pennines. Listers Mill. Global Village. The Luftwaffe and York.

September

Rawdon firemen. European City of Culture. The Queen in Yorkshire. The A1. World-Wide holidays.

Autumn

The annual Ilkley Literature Festival. Earthquakes in Yorkshire. Tetley Tea. Last Tango in Whitby.

December

1853 Gallery at Salts Mill. Harrogate Railway AFC. Growing up in York. Hammond's 'Chop' Sauce.

2001

January

Snow in Yorkshire. The Bronté Birthplace. Whale Jawbones in Whitby. American words

February

Weekend in London. The Lourdes of south Yorkshire. Bingley’s finest Victorian church.

March

Holiday in Wales. Very old Halifax sundial. Far Headingley. Great Heck.

April

Yorkshire Studies degree course. Bill Bryson. Harry Ramsden's. Worrying times at The Local.

May

Iron Age warrior queen. Barwick-in-Elmet. Walk within the City of Leeds. Forced Labour in Ilkley.

June

Shops in York. Battlefield at Towton. The bloodiest battle on English soil. Football. Halifax.

July

Bill Clinton. Richard Whiteley. Giggleswick School Chapel. Christianity. Our Freda. Saltburn.

August

Holidays in Chipping Campden. Washing machines and Motorways. Yorkshire number plates.

September

Cricket & Sir Leonard Hutton. Bradford City Fire Memorial. Booming Leeds. American buses.

October

The New Yorker. Manhattan. Galaxy M31. Betty's Tearooms. Bolton Old Hall. Daytime television.

November

'Plot Night.' Guy Fawkes. Haworth & the Brontës. Remembrance Sunday. Local Newspaper.

December

Selby Abbey. The Star-Spangled-Banner. Harry Potter. Yorkshire quotations. Dad's Army.

2000

January The Millennium. Pantomime in Harrogate. Snow and Sledging. 
February Wainhouse Tower, Halifax. Snowdrops in the park. Tyres in Cragg Wood.
March

The Synod of Whitby. Settle-Carlisle railway. Ribblehead Viaduct.

April

Saltaire and Titus Salt’s great mill. Wharfedale. The Princess.

May

Bob’s Day Out. Bluebell wood near Otley. Leeds United. Fountains Abbey.

June

Yorkshire Football. Lister's Mill . Rainfall in the West Riding.

July

Summer weekend at Bolton Abbey. Rugby League. Desert Island Discs.

August

Waterstone’s bookshop. The Wool Exchange. Leeds City Library. Cornish Holiday.

September

JMW Turner in Yorkshire. 'Welcome to Leeds' signs. Cricket - The Headingley Test.

October 

USA give Britain a thrashing in Yorkshire. Fuel Protest. The Naked women of Rylstone.

November

Castle Carr & Joseph Priestley Edwards. Castle Bolton. Yorkshire Floods. More on Leeds signs.

 December

Remembrance Day. Yorkshire’s Three Peaks. Beverley Minster and Selby Abbey.

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