Yorkshire's Strangest Tales

Yorkshire's Strangest Tales

by Leonora Hunt


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Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Yorkshire, or as it is sometimes beautifully referred to, God’s Own County. Though this isn’t the usual side of the county the tourists, travelers, and residents see. This is the real Yorkshire, the strange and twisted nooks and crannies of the county’s bizarre history—past, present, and future. Following on from the bestselling Portico Strangest titles now comes a book devoted to one of England’s most beautiful valley regions. Located in the upper body of Britain’s old man, Yorkshire is a county with more strangeness than you can shake a Dale walking stick at. Home of Robin Hood (he was born in Barnsdale), Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, and "Dracula" (Bram Stoker wrote part of the vampire tale in a Whitby hotel!) and, some say, the birthplace of modern civilization even began in Leeds! But you’ll have to read the book to find out why. Yorkshire’s Strangest Tales is a treasure trove of the hilarious, the odd and the baffling—an alternative travel guide to some of the county’s best-kept secrets. Read on, if you dare! You have been warned.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781907554919
Publisher: Anova Books
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: Strangest Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Leonora Hunt is an author and teaches creative writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Jurassic Yorkshire (200,000,000 BC) 16

Britain's Oldest House (8770 BC) 18

The Stonehenge of the North (3500-2500 BC) 21

A Very Old Gentleman from Gristhorpe (2035 BC) 23

A Perfectly Pickled Prehistoric Brain (500 BC) 25

St Hilda of Whitby and Caedmon the Cowherd (614) 27

A Monstrous Pogrom (1190) 29

Robin Hood - Lived at One Service Station, Died at Another (circa 1200) 32

Tolling the Devil's Knell (1434) 36

A Man of 'Roman Resolution' (1570) 39

Dick Turpin, Swift Nick Nevison and What Really Happened Between London and York (1676) 42

An Uneducated Yorkshire Lad Who Gave Us the British Empire (1693) 46

John Metcalf - A True Yorkshire Force (1717) 50

Launcelot Blackburne, the Swashbuckling Archbishop (1724) 54

A Hell of a Lot More Than Four-and-Twenty Blackbirds (1788) 57

Gentleman Jack - An Exceptional Fellow (1791) 60

The Walls of York - Secured Since AD71, Finally Defeated by a Little Girl (1797) 63

The First Lady Jockey by 150 Years (1804) 66

The Yorkshire Witch - Executed (1809) 69

Moonrakers and Cuckoos (1810) 72

Modern Civilisation - It All Began in Leeds (1811) 74

The Luddites, What They Stood for, and the Bronte Connection (1812) 77

The Hand of Glory (1824) 79

An Arson Attack That Resulted in Bedlam (1829) 82

Four Exceptionally Well-Married Daughters (1833) 85

Whit Walks, Wakes and the Onwardness of the Christian Soldiers (1865) 89

A Waggly One (1870) 93

Double-Oh Swallows and Amazons (1884) 95

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1896) 98

The Little Nipper (1897) 100

The Friendship Between a Yorkshire Big-Game Hunter and Some Very Small Africans (1905-07) 102

The Great Conan Doyle, Taken In By a Couple of Yorkshire Kids (1917) 105

The Old Swan Hotel - Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with the Candlestick (1926) 108

Whatever Happened to Amy Johnson? (1930) 111

A Cat, a Cliff and a Life-Saving Invention (1934) 115

Fenella, the Holmfirth Tigress (1939) 118

The Yorkshire Accent Combats Nazi Propaganda (1941) 120

A Very Strange Edition of the Yorkshire POWst (1944) 123

How a Halifax Serial Killer Helped End Capital Punishment (1953) 126

Seven Miles, Seven Years and Seven Million Pounds - Building Britain's Highest Motorway (1963) 130

Two Alien Occurrences in Todmorden (1980) 134

The Yorkshire Ripper Finally Caught (1981) 139

The Yorkshire Bank PLC (1982) 144

John Noakes Gets Down about Shep (1987) 146

Pierrepoint (1992) 149

The Great Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race (1995) 152

A Calendar That Saw Off the Old Millennium (1999) 154

Twin Towns Not So Far Apart as They May Seem (2001) 156

The Return of the Hartlepool Monkey? (2005) 158

Keeping the Kine in the Dark (2008) 160

Fatal Delusions (2009) 163

Gannex Mill Is Pulled Down (2011) 165

God's Own County Goes Gold (2012) 169

Bibliogaphy 171

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