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Yorkshire’s Most Famous Authors

The wild landscapes and northern industrial cities of Yorkshire in northern England evoke many images in our minds, and many famous authors and writers have hailed from this region or been inspired by it in their works. Here we list some of Yorkshire’s most famous authors and a bit about how the region marked their work so noticeably. J. C. Atkinson (1851-1900) Two miles outside Danby in Danby Dale is St Hilda’s church. John Christopher Atkinson is buried there – ornithologist, natural [...]

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County Durham’s Mining Towns in Rare Pictures

A new book by North East author Araf Chohan uncovers hundreds of rare views of County Durham, including its landscapes, peoples, villages, towns and cities. Notable among the images are many pictures of the former mining towns and pit villages which are so famous in Durham, and gave it much of its identity of the past century. These pictures give an example of some of the images that are in the book. The former colliery at Ferryhill. Langley Park Church Street in Murton The long-demolished [...]

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Which are the oldest whisky distilleries in Scotland?

Whisky has been an important part of Scotland’s identity and heritage for over 500 years. Known as “aqua vitae”, or water of life, this alcoholic spirit was first produced purely for medicinal purposes, with medical practitioners being responsible for its distilling. It was not until the 17th century, however, that the distilling of whisky became more prominent. When the malt tax was introduced in 1725, many of these distilleries were closed down or moved to illicit distilling practices, ever watchful of [...]

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Our Complete Guide to Scotland’s Whisky Distilleries

Whisky fans the world over will love this new resource from Destinworld Publishing. Scottish Whisky Distilleries is a complete guide to all active distilleries operating across Scotland, and creating the much loved single malt Scotch whisky, as well as blended whiskies and other products. Scotland is seen as the spiritual home of single malt whisky. Across the main whisky producing regions – Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside – there are hundreds of distilleries each creating highly refined whiskies. Many of these [...]

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Ghostly York

In her new book, York Historic Walking Guides, author Claire Shaw uncovers the city’s history as seen by foot through the city. For those keen to discover what goes bump in the night, one of the walks in her book is Ghostly & Ghastly York, which take you past some of York’s most haunted and sinister locations. So which are York’s most ghastly sighty? Exhibition Square Where today you might visit York Art Gallery or the Theatre Royal, gruesome executions of Catholics and [...]

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York – A Flooded City

York is famous for its floods. Whenever it happens, TV news channels cover the dramatic and destructive effects of the rivers Ouse and Foss as they spill into the streets and buildings. According to York – A Rare Insight, unwise and reckless development by Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and everyone that followed them right up to the 21st Century has meant that the streets and buildings of York have regularly been subject to flooding. The Evelyn Collection, which is featured in this [...]

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Looking Back at the Old City of York through the Evelyn Collection

York was privileged to be one of the earliest cities in the world to be photographed, thanks, in part, to it being the birthplace of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1831. Photography was one of those areas of science on the cusp of development and progress. Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson took what are probably the earliest photographs of York while attending a meeting of the association in October 1844. William Arthur Evelyn arrived in York in [...]

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14 York Pubs You Should Not Miss

York is famous for many things. It’s Minster’s towers are visible from all around, and its Viking past can be explored at the Jorvik Viking Centre. The city walls and many buildings tell of the city’s medieval past, while the timber-framed buildings along The Shambles date to the 14th century. Throughout York there are many historic pubs and hostelries. The city has become well known for them, and the culture of real ale has only helped that. In his new book Pubs [...]

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15 Great Lost Middlesbrough Buildings

Central Middlesbrough has changed so much over the past century. In his new book, Middlesbrough 1920-2020: A Century of Change, author Araf Chohan has uncovered hundreds of photographs which show these changes. For many, the main landmarks of Middlesbrough have been the buildings which define the town and life there. Perhaps most famous is the iconic Transporter Bridge. Sadly many of these landmark buildings have been lost over the years. Who remembers these?   The Royal Exchange One of Middlesbrough’s most lamented buildings. The Victorian [...]

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Scenes of Ashford in the 1960s

Ashford in Kent was once very different place to the town we see today. Local author Steve R Salter is an expert on the history of Ashford and has put together another amazing collection of previously unpublished images showing how the town was in the 1960s. Ashford Scenes of the Sixties is available to order now, and is sure to delight anyone who remembers Ashford in the old days. Many of the pictures show a time that is still in living [...]

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