History Stories

Once upon a time in Yorkshire…

Beggar’s Bridge

Although some of the folk tales and stories don’t appear in the recent compilations, or only occasionally still bob up to the surface, wherever you look, this one will be there. And so in some respects perhaps it’s a bit pointless…

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Gallow Howe

On the approach to Castleton from the road that crosses over Blakey moor – the tops that run between Farndale and Rosedale, there stands Gallow Howe. Today not the most dramatic of stones out on the moors. It could easily be…

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The Wishing Stone of Glaisdale

Between Glaisdale and Egton Bridge, two villages along the Esk Valley, you will find Arncliffe Woods and a fine walk, some of it along the pannier stones, through the woods from one to the other settlement. I have taken this walk…

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Huntington Church

These days, with urban sprawl, many little villages have been soaked up into the spread of the cities. Go back to the 1800s and look at the old maps and you will see small city centres, with the surrounding countryside speckled…

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The Reverends of Haworth

I think it would be fair to say that the most famous of all the reverends at St Michael and all Angels, Haworth, would be Rev Patrick Bronte. He brought his family to the parsonage in 1820. There is much to…

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Crow Hill Bog Burst

The area around Haworth in West Yorkshire is that of hills and moorland. To be frank, the further I go into West Yorkshire, the more I wonder if there is any flat land at all. Moorland features frequently in the books.…

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Top Hail Farm

The man thumped his fist on the table. “What young idiot would be abroad on a night like this?” “It’s been some time since I was called young, but I will accept the compliment. And as the door was opened, I…

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Gooseberries

The lid was lifted in hushed reverence, the wood shavings carefully picked away to reveal the green shiny orb, complete with short prickles, nestled in its holy bed. The skin was a light glowing lime green, with fine lines to show…

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William Scoresby Jr

“William Scoresby!” Jayne Argument shrieked. “I do declare, you are the most revolting little boy.” William Scoresby Jr appears in his fictionalised persona as the young friend of Muriel MacCaskill. The two children live close by and grow up in Whitby.…

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