York city walls get a revamp to protect for future generations

YORK’S medieval city walls are to be preserved and protected thanks to £1.5m cash injection from the council.

Cold spell hits farmers hard: The week that was April 25 to May 2, 1986

Cold spell hits farmers hard: The week that was April 25 to May 2, 1986

AGRICULTURAL experts believed the prolonged cold spell could spell disaster for some of the region’s farmers, who were fighting against the worst spring temperatures for decades.

Firefighters deal with a huge blaze at a mill on Lumb Lane in Bradford . Picture Tony Johnson

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Fighting fires

Looking through a friend’s collection of old postcards, I came across a group of images featuring Yorkshire mill fires from the early 20th century.


YP Comment: The power of trains old and new

There are few finer sights than seeing Flying Scotsman steaming through the Yorkshire countryside and yesterday the world-famous locomotive was joined by three modern trains to celebrate the “past, present and future” of rail travel on the East Coast main line.

PIC: James Hardisty

A burning impression on Yorkshire’s great moorland

On first glance it’s perhaps understandable how this picture of a solitary figure, seemingly enveloped by jaundiced-looking clouds of smoke, could make for a worrying sight.

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(L-R) Flying Scotsman and Virgin Trains' new Azuma travel in the same direction alongside two of Virgin Trains' present day fleet - to depict the past, present and future of UK rail travel.  Picture by David Parry/PA Wire

PHOTOS: Incredible sight as four iconic trains make history in Yorkshire

It was a sight which had never been witnessed on the tracks before, four generations of trains spanning the past, present and future of rail travel on the East Coast main line, all travelling in parallel in the same direction through the Yorkshire countryside.

The Flying Scotsman crossing the Dent Head Viaduct on its  return journey from Carlisle to Oxenhope to celebrate the re-opening of the Settle Carlisle Railway last month.

Flying Scotsman will measure up to modern trains in ‘unique’ Yorkshire railway event

World famous locomotive Flying Scotsman will travel alongside three modern trains in Yorkshire tomorrow to celebrate the “past, present and future” of Britain’s railway.

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Robbert Addyman and his collection of vintage garden tools at Norton Conyers, near Ripon. Picture by Simon Hulme

Yorkshireman collects 4,000 old gardening tools, including one that’ll take your legs off

THEY ARE long-forgotten tools from a lost world of Yorkshire kitchen gardening, an age in which growers and seedsmen had an implement for every task, including one to cut the legs off poachers.

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Colour pictures published by the Imperial War Museum show World War Two in a new light. Picture: IWM

Stunning images of World War II in colour

THEY are ghosts from the past but in colour, their eyes cut through the generations.

Farmer’s beef on meat prices: The week that was: April 18 to 24, 1998.

Farmer’s beef on meat prices: The week that was: April 18 to 24, 1998.

Yorkshire farmers were demanding a government inquiry into alleged profiteering by supermarkets from sales of beef this week in 1998.

Wentworth Woodhouse East front

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Seat of a dynasty

The Wentworth Woodhouse site near Rotherham has been occupied by many important and colourful characters over many centuries, from the Wentworth, Watson and Fitzwilliam families. The present building itself has also been involved in a number of skirmishes.

Curator Kajal Mehghani with a crown presented to the Prince by the Taluqdars of Auradh in 1876 at the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Souvenirs of a royal grand tour go on display in Bradford

These days a royal tour usually last a week, possibly two. Back in the late 19th century, things were a little different. It was in October 1875 that the Prince of Wales set off on an epic four-month tour, a journey that would see him travel nearly 7,600 miles by land and 2,300 miles by sea. As he made his way through India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal, he shook the hands of more than 90 rulers as he did his best to strengthen ties between the subcontinent and the British Crown.

Haytime below Ingleborough

Another country: Carve-up in the Dales and other stories handed through the generations

It was a piece of skulduggery perpetrated by the burghers of Ingleton which happened more than two centuries ago, yet it still rankles. They have long memories in the Dales. It concerned a swathe of land on the slopes of Ingleborough, the table-topped fell that has become the most-climbed summit in Yorkshire. Known as a turbary, this was land on which local people were allowed to cut peat turf to burn in their hearths. Before the industrial revolution peat was the main fuel for domestic cooking and heating in Yorkshire.

Wentworth Woodhouse

Manor from heaven: Inside Britain’s biggest house

It’s spring when thoughts turn to home repairs and redecorating and we groan at the prospect of the upheaval and expense. So, spare a thought for Julie Kenny, who has just totted up the restoration costs for Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, and arrived at £50m. It’s an eye-watering sum but after pulling off the seemingly impossible task of raising the £7m needed to buy the gargantuan grade I-listed property, there is every reason to believe that the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust will achieve its goal of turning it into the “Chatsworth of South Yorkshire”.


VIDEO: Relic hunter wants to reunite families of 14,000 Second World War heroes with dog tags

A relic hunter has launched an extraordinary appeal to reunite the families of over 14,000 Second World War heroes with their dog tags - after he found them buried in a field.
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Anger over call to moderates: The week that was April 11 to 17, 2004.

Members of Yorkshire’s Muslim community condemned comments by senior Christians who were calling for moderates to speak out against terrorism.

Paramount Cinema, Leeds, in March 1932.

Nostalgia on Tuesday: Rise of the movies

During the 1880s, Leeds almost became the capital of the motion picture industry. Louis Le Prince, born in Metz in 1842, moved to the city in 1866 and whilst there he carried out experiments with moving pictures. In October, 1888, he positioned himself on Leeds Bridge and captured on paper film and using a single lens camera, the busy traffic passing by. He also filmed moving picture sequences at Roundhay. His work was ground-breaking but he left Leeds shortly afterwards, intending to return to France for a short period, then perform at a public demonstration in the US. Mysteriously, he vanished from a train on September 16, 1890. His body and luggage were allegedly never found.

Handout photo of the view from the summit of Snowdon, which has been named the UK's best sight.

Yorkshire ignored as top 10 greatest UK views is revealed

The view from the summit of Snowdon has been named the UK's best sight... but none of Yorkshire's many gems have been selected in the nationwide poll.
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A visitor enjoys the sunshine amid a sea of rhododendrons outside the famous Victorian conservatory at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Wentworth Castle Gardens - A restoration tragedy

Despite getting Royal support and a multi-million-pound restoration, one of Yorkshire’s finest gardens is closing to the public. Mike Waites reports.

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Ireland's new hero, Ken Doherty, kisses the trophy having become the new Embassy World Snooker Champion after beating six-times champion, Stephen Hendry at the Crucible in Sheffield in 1997. (Picture: Paul Barker/PA)

Bygones: When Ken Doherty was right on cue to prove dreams really can come true

Twenty years after dethroning Crucible king Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty remembers vividly how he became champion of the snooker world.

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